September 11th 2001, New York City -- the most diverse City in the
world -- was viciously attacked in an unprovoked act of war. More
than five thousand innocent men, women, and children of every race,
religion, and ethnicity are lost. Among these were people from 80
was not just an attack on the City of New York or on the United
States of America. It was an attack on the very idea of a free,
inclusive, and civil society. It was a direct assault on the
founding principles of the United Nations itself."
"Terrorism preys particularly on cultures and communities that
practice openness and tolerance. Their targeting of innocent
civilians mocks the efforts of those who seek to live together in
peace as neighbors. It defies the very notion of being a neighbor."
massive attack was intended to break our spirit. It has not done
that. It's made us stronger, more determined, and more resolved."
strength of America's response flows from the principles upon which
we stand...religious freedom, political
freedom, economic freedom. That's what makes an American. Our belief in
democracy, the rule of law, and respect for human life. That's how you become an