[act-ma] [UJP] Some Lessons of September 11, 2001

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Sun Sep 11 07:46:23 PDT 2011

UJP: Some Lessons of September 11, 2001




Dear Friend of United for Peace with Justice,

In remembrance of the enormous tragedies and deaths  of September 11, 2011,
United For Peace and Justice extends its sincere  condolences to all who lost
loved ones on that awful day. No one can truly know  the pain of the loss or the
emotions of those who escaped death without having  faced the experiences. UFPJ
also marks this somber occasion by remembering  countless tragedies in the wake
of the U.S. military response. We remember the  horrific experiences of those
tortured, the families both civilian and military  who will never see their
loved ones again and the millions displaced from their  homes, some fleeing to
other countries. 


As a network whose members include September 11 and  military families, U.S.
veterans of the Iraq and Afghans wars and organizations  who have worked
alongside Iraqis and Afghans, we hope that ten years later in  2011 some of the
lessons our nation has learned are that hate and war bring only  more tragedy
and death. In a world connected by economies, transportation and  communications
- facing the challenges of climate change, energy depletion and  nuclear
proliferation - war is a foolish waste of resources.  War hastens  human-made
disasters and severely hampers our ability to address natural ones.  It is a
waste of resources sorely needed to support people and grow economies.  It is
time for the U.S. to end its wars around the world.  The U.S. must work  toward
equitable global economies with human needs and self-determination at it 
center.  The U.S. must support a path of peace and justice as the means to 
address geopolitical conflicts.  The U.S. must immediately withdraw all its 
troops, contractors and bases from Iraq and Afghanistan and stop making war in 
Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Libya.

On the 10th year anniversary of this  terrible event we ask our nation to
reflect on the words of Dr. Martin Luther  King Jr., “Nonviolence is the
answer to the crucial political and moral  questions of our time: the need for
man to overcome oppression and violence  without resorting to oppression and
violence. Man must evolve for all human  conflict a method which rejects
revenge, aggression and  retaliation.”

Let our nation bring meaning to the tragedy of  September 11, 2001 by using its
horrors as a catalyst to walk the path Dr. King  has challenged us to tread.


Michael  McPhearson 

National  Coordinator, United for Peace & Justice




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