September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows has always believed violence should be met with nonviolence, terror should be confronted with courage, and grief could be fashioned into action for peace. We said this in the days and months after 9-11, and we stand by our convictions today.
The recent death of Osama Bin Laden brings our nation full circle – back to the fall of 2001. Two wars did not lead to the capture of Bin Laden. Good intelligence work did. Two wars have caused untold human suffering, wasted trillions of dollars, and diverted precious attention and resources from bringing to justice the murderers that committed the horrific crimes against our nation.
President Obama today marks a new beginning. May the wreath you lay today, at the grave site of our loved ones, be more than a symbolic gesture. Lead our nation by following the rule of law, accomplish a new mission by bringing our troops home now, open the door to human dignity by closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay and honor our nation’s collective loss by gaining our trust in a government of the people, and for the people, once again.