9/11: Hate is not the answer, says Dutch PM

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11 September 2006, AMSTERDAM — Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende attended a ceremony in The Hague on Monday to mark the 5th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

11 September 2006

AMSTERDAM — Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende attended a ceremony in The Hague on Monday to mark the 5th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

"Hate is not the answer. Openness is," Balkenende told a gathering in the garden of the US Embassy.

The Prime Minister based his short speech on the story of a young New Yorker whose sister was killed in the attacks on the towers of the World Trade Centre. "I must teach my children not to hate like others do," Paul wrote in a digital archive about 9/11.

"Terrorists," Balkenende said, "preach hate and violence. Their house is built on angst. We preach freedom and tolerance. Our house is built on respect for others and dialogue. Our foundation is stronger. The urge for freedom can be threatened, but not destroyed."

US Ambassador Roland Arnall thanked the Dutch people for the many expressions of sympathy to the next of kin of the victims of the terrorist attacks.

After the ceremony in the garden of the Embassy, Balkenende spent some time talking to pupils of the American school in The Hague. 

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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