1,275. 8/20/1998

In a speech announcing the U.S. cruise missile strikes of August 20, 1998, on locations in Afghanistan and Sudan in retaliation for the August 7, 1998, African embassy bombings, President Bill Clinton said: ” ‘I want the world to understand that our actions today were not aimed against Islam, the faith of hundreds of millions of good, peace-loving people all around the world, including the United States….No religion condones the murder of innocent men, women, and children. But our actions were aimed at fanatics and killers who wrap murder in the cloak of righteousness, and in so doing, profane the great religion in whose name they claim to act.’ ”

 – Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon, The Age of Sacred Terror, Page 40

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