Before the release of “I Speak for Myself,” the contributors were each asked when we were most proud to be an American. For me, it’s every time I stand in a passport control line. When I pull out that little blue book, whether I’m returning home to the U.S., visiting family in Lebanon, or vacationing in Europe, I always flip to the same page, proudly reading Page 14 to myself. On Sept. 11, I began to understand what these words meant.
Today, I rejoice in knowing that despite our partisan politics, the extreme global challenges we face, and the injustice we see in various ways, this quote from President John F. Kennedy still rings true: “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”
Let us strive to remember the sense of unity, triumph and thankfulness we felt this week, and continue to each do what we can to assure the survival and success of liberty.
Amira Choueiki, a senior at Georgia Tech, is a contributor to “I Speak for Myself: American Women on Being Muslim.” She also has published a report on the recruitment of Jihadist organizations.