September 20, 2001 – In his state of the union speech, President Bush gives his nearly impossible non-negotiable demands to the Taliban to hand over all leaders of al Qaeda, hand over every terrorist and close all terrorist training camps in Afghanistan, give the U.S. full access to every terrorist training camps and says the war on terror won’t stop until every terrorist group in the world has been defeated.
"And tonight, the United States of America makes the following demands on the Taliban: Deliver to United States authorities all the leaders of al Qaeda who hide in your land. Release all foreign nationals, including American citizens, you have unjustly imprisoned. Protect foreign journalists, diplomats and aid workers in your country. Close immediately and permanently every terrorist training camp in Afghanistan, and hand over every terrorist, and every person in their support structure, to appropriate authorities. Give the United States full access to terrorist training camps, so we can make sure they are no longer operating.
These demands are not open to negotiation or discussion. The Taliban must act, and act immediately. They will hand over the terrorists, or they will share in their fate.
Our war on terror begins with al Qaeda, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated." – White House (09/20/01)