[saymaListserv] Quaker Statement in Response to Attacks on Afghanistan

auntdawn auntdawn at i1.net
Mon Oct 15 23:49:24 JEST 2001

Please, Friends, be aware that AFSC is looking for
NEW blankets for Afghanistan

Dawn Rubbert
St. Louis MM
Illinois YM

----- Original Message -----
From: "Bert Skellie" <bertskellie at mindspring.com>
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Subject: [saymaListserv] Quaker Statement in Response to Attacks on

| Dear Friends,
| In case you haven't seen this.  AFSC is also looking for blankets
| Afghanistan.  They can be sent to the High Point Office at 606
| Rd., High Point, NC 27263.
| Peace,
| Bert
| For Immediate Release  Contact:  Janis D. Shields, (215) 241-7060
|        October 11, 2001     John W. Haigis, (215) 241-7056
| PHILADELPHIA, PA ?- We pray at this time for the people of the
| States, Afghanistan, and the rest of the world.  We hold in
prayer those
| killed and wounded in the terrorist attacks of September 11,
those being
| killed and wounded by the military strikes on Afghanistan that
began on
| October 7, and all who grieve for them.
| We regret the decision by our nation's leaders to launch military
| against Afghanistan, and we call upon them to halt the bombing
and other
| military attacks.
| We recognize the responsibility of the international community to
| and try, under international law, those responsible for the
recent terrorist
| attacks.  We urge that such efforts be undertaken as a law
| action-not as acts of war-and with great care to avoid the
killing or
| injuring of innocent people.
| History teaches us that violence leads to more violence.  We
expect that
| these massive military strikes by missiles and bombers against
this already
| devastated, starving country will almost certainly make it easier
for the
| leaders of this terrorist struggle to recruit more people to
their cause.
| We must break the cycle of escalating violence.
| The struggle against terrorism will indeed be long.  To succeed,
it will
| have to undermine the ability of those who would use terrorism to
| new people to carry out such attacks.  This requires ending, or
| diminishing, the tremendous anger and hatred toward the United
States and
| its allies felt, in particular, by many in the Muslim and Arab
world.  This
| can only be done with prolonged, nonviolent efforts for
| justice, and long-term economic development.  It cannot be done
| massive bombing and military attacks.
| -more-
| Joint Statement- October 11, 2001, Pg 2
| As executives of organizations of the Religious Society of
| (Quakers), we continue to be guided by our historic testimony
| God's call to renounce war and seek peace. We commit ourselves to
work and
| pray for the time of justice and peace promised by God when
"peoples shall
| beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning
hooks; and
| nations shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall
they learn war
| anymore."  (Isaiah 2:4)
| Bruce Birchard, General Secretary
| Friends General Conference of the Religious Society of Friends
| Thomas H. Jeavons, General Secretary
| Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
| Mary Ellen McNish, General Secretary
| American Friends Service Committee
| Joe Volk, Executive Secretary
| Friends Committee on National Legislation
| # # #
| The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization
| includes people of various faiths who are committed to social
justice, peace
| and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the belief in the
worth of
| every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence
| injustice.
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