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Recent bombings in New Delhi, India, killed dozens of people. The bombings occurred as Indians prepared for Diwali, a Hindu festival, and Eid ul-Fitr, a Muslim celebration. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says, "These acts are made more heinous in that they deliberately targeted innocent civilians." She says fighting terror is a common struggle and the U.S. "stand[s] with the people of India as they bring to justice those responsible for these cowardly acts."

India is just the latest terrorist target. In the four years since the September 11th attacks against the United States, other attacks have been carried out in Mombassa, Kenya; London, England; Jakarta and Bali, Indonesia; Casablanca, Morocco; Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Madrid, Spain; Istanbul, Turkey, and Israel.

"While the killers choose their victims indiscriminately," said President George W. Bush, "their attacks serve as a clear and focused ideology -- a set of beliefs and goals that are evil." President George W. Bush says, "Many Muslim scholars have properly condemned terrorism":

"Often citing chapter five, verse thirty-two of the Koran, which states that killing an innocent human being is like killing all of humanity, and saving the life of one person is like saving all of humanity. After the attacks in London on July seventh, an imam in the United Arab Emirates declared, 'Whoever does such a thing is not a Muslim, nor a religious person.'"

"The time has come," President Bush said, "for all responsible Islamic leaders to join in denouncing an ideology that exploits Islam for political ends, and defiles a noble faith."

The preceding was an editorial reflecting the views of the United States Government.