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09-13-01 Letter to President George W. Bush

September 13, 2001

The Honorable George W. Bush
President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20500

 

Dear Mr. President:

It is with the deepest sorrow that I write to you in the wake of the heinous terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 against our country and against thousands of innocent civilians and their families. The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) strongly condemns these horrific and despicable acts of terrorism and views them as an assault upon the very fiber of American values and ideals.

We stand by you unequivocally in your decisions and in your quest to seek out and punish the perpetrators of these cowardly and unspeakable acts. We support strong and aggressive action against those who perpetrated these heinous attacks. We particularly support your statement that "We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbored them."

The AHI recognizes the utmost importance that we, as American citizens, stand united in this time of national tragedy. To this effect, our organization issued yesterday a statement to our members, to the wider Greek American community, to government officials and to the press stressing the importance of this cohesiveness and support of you, our President, in this hour of need.

It is crucial that American values, spearheaded by the rule of law, be upheld. Our response to the terrorists who committed these acts should be paralleled with a crusade for the promotion of American values of freedom, liberty, democracy, the rule of law and human rights worldwide and in all of our foreign policy decisions.

We applaud you for your fortitude in addressing this crisis.

 

Respectfully,

Eugene T. Rossides
General Counsel

 

Enclosure

cc: Secretary of State Colin L. Powell

Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld

Secretary of the Treasury Paul H. O'Neill