A Time to Remember, Reflect, Recommit


September 10, 2013 - New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.

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This week marks 12 years since 9/11.

It’s a time for remembrance.

Nearly 3000 people were murdered.

Each loss creates an unfillable void.

It’s a time for reflection.

Right after 9/11, as a country, we stood as one.

That sense of oneness led AJC to offer to help rebuild the Greek Orthodox church, which was destroyed that day.

We must never lose that sense of common destiny.

And it’s a time for recommitment.

We dare not falter in the defense of our country and its core values.

On 9/11, we were attacked by radical Islamist forces not for a specific policy, but for who we are.

Remember: In 1993, under a different president from a different party, there was another deadly terror attack on the Twin Towers.

It’s America – and what we stand for – that’s been the target.

This week, as always, let’s remember, reflect, and recommit.

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This is David Harris of AJC.