The victims were attacked not because of something they did but because of who they are.
Even if one doesn’t currently reside in the US, the events of September 11, 2001 still resonate thirteen years later throughout the world.
Today, girls in Nigeria are kidnapped and held ransom by terrorists. Christians in Iraq are tortured and slaughtered by terrorists. Western journalists are beheaded by terrorists. Civilians in Gaza are used as human shields by terrorists. Innocent Israeli men, women, and children are targeted for death by terrorists.
The list of perpetrators has grown: Al-Queda, Hamas, ISIS, Boko Haram.
But one thing is constant. The victims were attacked not because they did anything wrong. New Yorkers on September 11, 2001 were simply going to work. The girls in Nigeria simply wanted to go to school. The Christians in Iraq simply want the freedom to practice their religion. Israelis wanted to enjoy their summer vacation.
To paraphrase Israeli Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor, they were attacked not because of something they did. They were attacked because of who they are: Life-loving, freedom-loving people who respect individual rights.
These are the values that we must uphold and preserve because they give meaning to life even at the risk of life.