WITH AMERICA AT PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
The Principles of PCAT
September 16, 2001
Overcoming Terror: Standing With America
Declaration by Students of Princeton University
- The support of universities like Princeton will impact the success
of America's war on terrorism. Regardless of where America must fight,
the clash of ideas takes place here.
- The September 11 attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. were
the deadliest acts of aggression ever directed against American
civilians. These terrorist attacks open a new chapter in what Winston
Churchill called "the dark, lamentable catalog of human crime."
- Americans of every faith and race are equally victims and equally
threatened by terrorist attacks on the United States. On September 11,
evil did not discriminate.
- No policy of the United States government could justify these
horrific attacks upon innocent civilians. We refuse to legitimize terror
as a method of political expression. There is no justification for
- We are troubled by attempts to explain the events of September 11 in
terms of flaws in American ideals and conduct.
- The treachery of September 11 was not the act of a few deranged
individuals. Rather, it was the opening shot in a war, fired by an
organization professing deep hatred for the United States and its ideals
of liberty, security, and peace.
- The United States still faces the threat of terrorist assault.
Terrorism endangers our families, our way of life, our country, and our
- The aim of terror is to deprive us of our rights and liberties and
to replace them with fear. When called upon to defend liberty, the
United States has always prevailed. Together we can prevail over terror.
- Terrorists would understand a failure to respond decisively as an
invitation to further violence. Our resolve and patriotism will ensure
victory over terrorism.
- If our effort to obliterate terrorism is to succeed, the American
people must unite behind their leaders and armed forces. Princeton must
lead in this moral struggle. We will preserve and strengthen our
freedoms even as we unite in support of our nation.