July 25, 2005 - Issue: Vol. 151, No. 102 — Daily Edition109th Congress (2005 - 2006) - 1st Session
EXPRESSING SYMPATHY FOR THE PEOPLE OF EGYPT; Congressional Record Vol. 151, No. 102
(Senate - July 25, 2005)
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[Page S8896] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] [[Page S8896]] EXPRESSING SYMPATHY FOR THE PEOPLE OF EGYPT Mr. WARNER. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Senate now proceed to the consideration of S. Res. 210, which was submitted earlier today. The PRESIDING OFFICER. The clerk will report. The legislative clerk read as follows: A resolution (S. Res. 210) expressing sympathy for the people of Egypt in the aftermath of the deadly terrorist attacks on Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt, on July 23, 2005. There being no objection, the Senate proceeded to consider the resolution. Mr. REID. Mr. President, this evening the Senate will agree to a resolution expressing our condolences to the people of Egypt for the deadly terrorist attacks that swept the resort of Sharm el-Sheik this past weekend. Hundreds were injured, and probably when it is all over, more than 100 will have died after terrorists detonated four large bombs in a crowded hotel in this seaside resort. Among the dead was an American, Kristina Miller, of Las Vegas, NV. Kristina was a daughter of Nevada and a citizen of the world. A 1996 graduate of Durango High School, Kristina was remembered by her friends as good-hearted, popular, and always adventurous. She was in London on July 7 when the terrorists struck the mass transit system of London. She survived those attacks unscathed and decided to go to Egypt on vacation when these tragic attacks occurred at the resort she chose to go to. Acts of terror, such as that which took her life, are a tragedy no matter where they occur, but the loss of one of our own spreads personal sadness across Nevada and the entire country. They also generate a sense of resolve and solidarity to hunt down and to bring to justice the thugs responsible for these heinous acts. I am glad the Senate will speak with one voice in condemning these barbaric acts, and I personally extend my deepest sympathy to the victims, especially the family and friends of Kristina Miller. Mr. WARNER. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the resolution be agreed to, the preamble be agreed to, and the motion to reconsider be laid upon the table. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. The resolution (S. Res. 210) was agreed to. The preamble was agreed to. The resolution, with its preamble, reads as follows: S. Res. 210 Whereas on July 23, 2005, terrorists struck the Red Sea resort city of Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt, detonating explosives in a crowded hotel that killed dozens of the people of Egypt and foreign tourists from around the world, including a citizen of the United States, and injured approximately 200 others; Whereas the terrorist attacks on Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt were senseless, barbaric, and cowardly acts carried out against innocent civilians; Whereas Egypt is a friend and ally of the United States and in the past has endured terrorism against its innocent civilians; Whereas the people of the United States stand in solidarity with the people of Egypt in fighting terrorism; Whereas President George W. Bush immediately condemned the terrorist attacks on Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt and extended to the people of Egypt his personal condolences and the support of the United States; and Whereas Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice denounced the terrorist attacks on Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt and stated, ``we continue, all of us in the civilized world, to face great challenges in terrorism, and we continue to be united in the view that terrorism must be confronted and that they will not succeed in destroying our way of life'': Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate-- (1) expresses deep sympathies and condolences to the people of Egypt and the victims and the families of the victims for the heinous terrorist attacks that occurred in Sharm el- Sheik, Egypt on July 23, 2005; (2) condemns the barbaric and unwarranted terrorist attacks that killed and injured innocent people in Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt; (3) expresses strong and continued solidarity with the people of Egypt and pledges to remain shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of Egypt to bring the terrorists responsible for the brutal attacks on Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt to justice; and (4) calls upon the international community to renew and strengthen efforts to-- (A) defeat terrorists by dismantling terrorist networks and exposing the violent and nihilistic ideology of terrorism; (B) increase international cooperation to advance personal and religious freedom, ethnic and racial tolerance, political liberty and pluralism, and economic prosperity; and (C) combat the social injustice, oppression, poverty, and extremism that breeds sympathy for terrorism. ____________________