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September 11, 2013

Rev. Jesse Jackson on the 12th Anniversary of 9/11

Today is the anniversary of the most horrific terror attack ever to take place on U.S. soil, 9-11-01. It is a day to remember the nearly three thousand people who lost their lives, the heroism of the passengers that thwarted the final terror attack, the selflessness of the first responders and all those that put themselves in harms way in their valiant efforts to save lives.

It is a day to redouble our efforts to stop terrorism in its tracks in the U.S. and around the world. But our efforts should be focused, accountable and conducted in accord with international law. Violation of civil liberties, Islamaphobia and scapegoating are hurtful to this cause.

But perhaps this year's 9-11 anniversary is a day to redouble our efforts at peacemaking and aggressive diplomatic initiatives to win the peace in Syria and other war torn regions of the globe. War begets war; violence begets violence. New initiatives to rid Syria of chemical weapons are now on the table and we welcome negotiations with the UN, Russia, China, France, Britain, and the global community to find a solution to the Syrian crisis short of a U.S. military strike on that nation. Night is turning to mid-day, and we should work tirelessly to seize the light.

So on this day, pray for the victims of the terrorism attack on 9-11 thirteen years ago; pray for the injured so they may recover. Pray for the heroes, of which there are many. Pray for peace.