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Say No! sign on to WRI statement
29 September 2001
Say NO! A Call For Conscientious Objection to War and to War Preparations
War Resisters' International, an international network of pacifist organisations with 85 affiliates in more than 40 countries, calls for conscientious objection whenever and wherever war is being prepared or fought.
We are deeply shocked and outraged by the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11th. Equally, we condemn the so-called war on terrorism. Responding to the crime of the terrorist attack by committing the crime of bombing and killing equally innocent people would not set the balance equal, nor make people feel more secure- it only adds to the suffering. We call for justice without war. A war of retaliation will only fuel the cycle of violence.
Confronted by President George W. Bush with the choice: If you are not with us, you are with the terrorists, we choose a third option: nonviolence. Nonviolence is an active response and offers each and every one of us the opportunity to resist war and the preparations for war. It enables us to build a world in which security is gained through disarmament, international co-operation and social justice, not through escalation and retaliation.
Consequently, War Resisters' International urges -
War Resisters' International.
Signing this declaration may make you liable to prosecution in some countries. Please make sure that you are aware of your legal position before signing it.Signatories: Andreas Speck, Britain * Bart Horeman, Netherlands * Irene Kober, Germany * Jørgen Johansen, Sweden * Serdar Tekin, Turkey * Ann-Kristin Kröger, Germany * Christine Schweitzer, Germany * Başak Aytac, Turkey * Can Başkent, Turkey * Ayşe Girgın, Turkey * Ferda Ülker, Turkey * Jan van Criekinge, Belgium * Koen Moens, Belgium * Ellen Elster, Norway * Guido van Leemput, Netherlands * Jörg Rohwedder, Germany