Også amerikanske fredsfolk er bevidste om hvad det er der skaber terror. ! /
at terror skaber modterror. Vold kan ikke bruges i fredens tjeneste.
Synd der er så der er så få af dem! (Mathilde Feldthauss)
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WAR RESISTERS LEAGUE STATEMENT ON BOMBING
From: "Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space"
Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2001 15:31:13 -0400
I'm writing this from home - the WRL office email is down, but I was
present when this statement was drafted and said I'd take the text home to
transmit at once. David McReynolds
As we write, Manhattan feels under seige, with all bridges, tunnels,
and subways closed, and tens of thousands of people walking slowly north
from Lower Manhattan.
As we sit in our offices here at War Resisters League, our most
immediate thoughts are of the hundreds, if not thousands, of New Yorkers who
have lost their lives in the collapse of the World Trade Center.
The day is clear, the sky is blue, but vast clouds billow over the ruins
so many have died, including a great many rescue workers who were there
when the final collapse occured.
Of course we know our friends and co-workers in Washington D.C. have
similar thoughts about the ordinary people who have been trapped in the parts
of the Pentagon which were also struck by a jet. And we think of the innocent
passengers on the hi-jacked jets who were carried to their doom on this day.
We do not know at this time from what source the attack came.
We do know that Yasser Arafat has condemned the bombing.
We hesitate to make an extended analysis until more information is available but some things are clear.
For the Bush Administration to talk of spending hundreds of billions on Star
Wars is clearly the sham it was from the beginning, when terrorism can so easily
strike through more routine means.
We urge Congress and George Bush that whatever response or policy the
U.S. develops it will be clear that this nation will no longer target
civilians, or accept any policy by any nation which targets civilians. This would
mean an end to the sanctions against Iraq, which have caused the deaths of
hundreds of thousands of civilians. It would mean not only a condemnation of
terrorism by Palestinians but also the policy of assassination against the
Palestinian leadership by Israel, and the ruthless repression of the
Palestinian population and the continuing occupation by Israel of the
West Bank and Gaza.
The policies of militarism pursued by the United States have resulted
in millions of deaths, from the historic tragedy of the Indochina war,
through the funding of death squads in Central America and Colombia, to the
sanctions and air strikes against Iraq. This nation is the largest supplier of
"conventional weapons" in the world - and those weapons fuel the starkest
kind of terrorism from Indonesia to Africa. The early policy of support for
armed resistance in Afghanistan resulted in the victory of the Taliban - and
the creation of Osama Bin Laden.
Other nations have also engaged in these policies. We have, in years
past, condemned the actions of the Russian government in areas such as
Chechnya, the violence on both sides in the Middle East, and in the Balkans.
But our nation must take responsibility for its own actions. Up until
have felt safe within our borders. To wake on a clear cool day to find our
largest city under seige reminds us that in a violent world, none are safe.
Let us seek an end of the militarism which has characterized this
nation for decades. Let us seek a world in which security is gained through
disarmament, international cooperation, and social justice - not through escalation
and retaliation. We condemn without reservation attacks such as those
which occured today, which strike at thousands of civilians - may these
profound tragedies remind us of the impact U.S. policies have had on other
civilians in other lands. We are particularly aware of the fear which many
people of Middle Eastern descent, living in this country, may feel at this time
and urge special consideration for this community.
We are one world. We shall live in a state of fear and terror or we
shall move toward a future in which we seek peaceful alternatives to
conflict and a more just distribution of the world's resources. As we mourn the many
lives lost, our hearts call out for reconciliation, not revenge.
This is not an official statement of the War Resisters League but was
drafted immediately after the tragic events occured.
Signed and issued
by the staff and Executive Committee of War Resisters Leauge in the national
office, September 11, 2001.
Contact calls: WRL - 212 / 228.0450 also David McReynolds, 212 /
Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
PO Box 90083
Gainesville, FL. 32607