09/01 Statement of Congressman Dennis Kucinich Reaction to Terrorist Attacks
Tuesday, 11 September 2001
Washington, Sep 11 -
America grieves this day for the victims of these terrorist attacks, and for their families and friends. Our prayers are with them and our hearts go out to those who have endured unbearable loss today. Our most hopeful thoughts are with those who have risked their lives in heroic rescue efforts. In this grim moment, we must be resolute in protecting the fabric of our democracy and the individual freedoms that make America a great nation. As we grieve, we cannot let terrorists win
by turning the United States into a national security state. We cannot let their dialogue become our dialogue.
America must remain calm because such calm is essential to preserving our liberties. America must bring to justice those
responsible for these cowardly deeds. We must be cautious about rolling back freedoms at home or placing blame in the
America must continue to be a beacon of democracy for the world. (What kind of beacon for democracy is this nation, in truthful reality?) Let this sad moment cause all governments and all people of good will around the world to unite and to move together to challenge and uproot those who have destructive goals which seek to create death and drive the world toward chaos. Now, more than ever, America must continue to be a force for peace in the world. We must not let the terrorists win.