April 4th, 2003

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The radical Islamists who attacked us did so because of our democratic ideals, our belief in, and practice of, liberty and equality.

In this war, our closest and most trusted allies must be our fellow democracies. [Americans for Victory over Terrorism] will advocate steadfast support for our friends and oppose policies that place short-term "allies" above them.

AVOT will support radio, television, and other mass media patterned on Radio Free Europe to show how America has stood up for Muslims and other persecuted peoples throughout the years and to explain the virtues of democracy.

Finally, we must understand our enemies better. AVOT will encourage scholarly research into various aspects of Islamic theology, history, and culture.
(AVOT Statement of Principles)