If we give up on our democratic values and constitutional process, our principles and ideals — no matter how imperfectly they have been implemented — to an illusion of security, then the terrorists win.
We can only overcome this horrific action by holding to our most cherished principles, by holding our government to our best and truest values, despite our anger and fear, and by building a foreign policy that is based on these values: human rights, self-determination and the upholding of treaties and law. If, and only if, these are applied consistently, can the United States build on its strength and be the voice and influence in the world for peace. The United States must, finally, lead by example and not by command. Yes, we must know who attacked us and punish them.
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But we must also understand why, and to do so means to examine our policies and actions. If we do not change, we will continue to create enemies and continue to face growing terrorist attacks and crises like we suffered last week. Our security is best served by a foreign policy that upholds our values and ideals, not an angry and indignant response that relies solely on force. David F. Get home delivery today!
Thank God They're on Our Side | David F. Schmitz | University of North Carolina Press
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