JUSTICE NOT WAR
The Hague Appeal for Peace urges the US
administration to use the greatest possible
"It is dangerous to call terrorism by non state
actors, no matter how horrendous, an act
of war that triggers a war like reaction,"
From the Hague
Appeal for Peace
"The World has emerged from the bloodiest, most war-ridden century in history. At
the dawn of a new century it is time to create the conditions in which the primary aim
of the United Nations, "to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war",
can be realized."
This is the goal of the Hague Appeal to Peace.
JUSTICE NOT WAR
"September 11, the UN International Day of Peace, Anniversary of the Camp
David Agreement, mayoral elections in New York City, became instead the
worst day of murder and terror this country has ever known. To the families
and friends of those killed, missing, wounded or traumatized, we extend our
loving sympathy. We urge that those responsible for these heinous crimes be
brought to justice in courts of law or before an international tribunal.
"The Hague Appeal for Peace urges the US administration to use the greatest
possible restraint. It should give careful consideration to the response: an eye
for an eye only leads to blindness," said Cora Weiss, president. "Numbers
have led to names. We call for a national day of healing. It is dangerous to
call terrorism by non state actors, no matter how horrendous, an act of war
that triggers a war like reaction," she added.
Other related links:
National March against War and Racism
in Washington DC, Saturday, September 29; Rally 12
noon at Lafayette Park http://www.iacenter.org/
"We join with people all over the world in condemning the horrific killings
of thousands of persons in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade
Center and the Pentagon. Our most heartfelt sympathies and condolences are
with those whose loved ones were lost or injured on September 11, 2001.
At this moment, we would all like to take time to reflect, to grieve, to extend
sympathy and condolences to all. But we believe that we must do more.
We must act now.
We are assembling International A.N.S.W.E.R. to call for worldwide rallies
against war and racism. On September 29, there will be a national march
and rally at the White House in Washington DC, as well as marches on the
West Coast of the U.S. and around the world. We call on all people of
conscience and progressive organizations to take up this call and organize
rallies around the world.
Unless we stop President Bush and NATO from carrying out a new, wider
war in the Middle East, the number of innocent victims will grow from the
thousands to the tens of thousands and possibly more. A new, wider U.S.
and NATO war in the Middle East can only lead to an escalating cycle of
violence. War is not the answer."
For the Young
The GOAL? Of this campaign, and of the Hague Appeal for Peace is: To
Abolish War, and to establish a Culture of Peace, justice, and solidarity for
the new millennium. To 'save the comming generations of the scourge of war',
in the words of UN Secretary-General Kofi Anan. Idealistic? Maybe..or
maybe not. The same was thought of those who pioneered for the abolishment
of slavery or Apartheid - these were also once upon a time institutionalised
and part of the Status Quo. Now it is time for us to think of practical ways
of creating a future marked by peace and solidarity and where WAR may
no longer be an option for the resolution of conflicts."
And lastly, the world of music mourns
the loss of a great teacher and performer:
Master violinist Isaac Stern dies
"I have a responsibility to pass on to the next generation what I learned
from my teachers," Stern said. "It keeps me young and reminds me where
I came from. Teaching young artists is like giving water to a flower."