|the urge to vengeance|
a statement by Women in Black an International Network of Women
to War and Militarism
the aftermath of the terrible attack on New York and Washington on
September 11, we urgently call on all those with responsibility and
authority, in our national governments and international institutions, to
step back from war.
hearts go out to those people who have lost family and friends, and our
deep sympathy to those injured. Those who perpetrated the violence
must be brought to justice under international law.
we strongly believe the urge to vengeance must be resisted. A war waged by
the US and its allies will cause the death of many innocent people, will
de-stabilize many governments and societies, and its longterm effects on
relations between countries and regions of the world will be disastrous.
cannot be defeated by such means. We have to ask why so many people around
the world have felt mixed feelings in response to the suffering of the
USA. While poverty and hunger, injustice and exploitation, are experienced
by so many, and the policies of the rich countries are seen as
contributing to them, genuine despair will sometimes turn to desperation,
and will fuel terrorism.
urge all political and military authorities, national and international,
to turn away from strategies of war and combine their efforts in seeking
strategies for an inclusive, just and equal global society. Without that,
we will never see peace.
Women in Black in London and
In Black, Lancaster, PA USA
September 27, 2001