2003 Public Statement

Address to security forces and citizens by Crown Prince Abdullah praising courage in face of terrorism

These days, our noble Saudi people are engaged in a decisive battle against the power of evil and destruction that is represented in the deviant and misguided group of terrorists. On behalf of my brother, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz, and every citizen of this country, I would like to address the security officers in particular and the men of the military bodies in general, who are the first line of defense in the battle against these criminal murderers, by saying to them that all of the Saudi people are proud of your sense of patriotism, and also proud of your courage, as well as praising the spirit of magnanimity that you demonstrate every day.

I say to them: Were it not for your vigilance, the people would not have peace; and also, had it not been for the hardships you have faced, no one would know the taste of comfort. Moreover, without your sacrifices, the deviant group would not have succumbed to their defeat.

I say to these courageous security men, that we will treat as our own, the dependents of those among you who gave their lives; that your injuries cause our own hearts to bleed; and that your blood is a symbol of honor that permeates the soil of our fatherland.

I say to them: This faithful nation will not forget anyone who gave his life defending our religion and our country; will not forget a hero who receives injuries while performing his duties; and will not neglect an orphan whose father died in the battle of good against evil.

Brother citizens: In the conflict between the power of good and the power of evil, there is no room for neutrality, nor for hesitancy; there is only one path before honorable believers, and that is to stand in one line against the corrupt oppressors in the holiest places on earth - Makkah and Madinah.

I am calling on every citizen to stand as if he were a security officer, to be a support to the security forces, and to be their eyes, ears and hands.

I warn every misled or misguided person by saying clearly: he who protects or sympathizes with a terrorist is himself a terrorist, and will receive his just punishment.

I pray to God to have mercy on those who have sacrificed their lives for us, and we will go forth along our path, believing in God, depending upon Him and remaining confident of victory.