Washington, August 5 (RFE/RL) -- President Bill Clinton says "terrorism is the enemy of our generation and we must prevail."
In a speech at George Washington University in Washington today, Clinton said that while fascism and communism may be dead, the world is still not free from terrorism.
The fight against terrorism will require the sort of international cooperation that brought victory in World War II, he said. Clinton warned that, like the second World War, the battle against terrorism "will be a long, hard struggle."
Clinton spoke shortly after he signed U.S. legislation that will impose penalties on countries that invest more than 40 million dollars a year in the energy sectors of Iran and Libya. Clinton singled out these two countries because of their support for international terrorism.
Many European countries criticized the U.S. law, but Clinton said it is only concerted international action that will defeat terrorism. He also told Americans that the fight against terrorism and the struggle to maintain peace, freedom and prosperity demonstrate just how closely U.S. foreign and domestic policies are linked.