ATTACK AND GLOBAL VIOLENCE
GROUP CONDEMNS TERRORIST ATTACK ON THE US
The terrorist attacks on the World Trade
Centre and the Pentagon that cost thousands of innocent civilian lives
is an alarming sign of escalating terrorism. It signals a qualitative
and quantitative shift in the practice of terror as an arbiter in
international affairs, and is far more reprehensible than a declared
war. Al/ right-minded people must condemn the cult of violence that
this celebrates, lest the culture of violence gains a new lease of
legitimacy through this event.
heart-felt sympathies to out to the people of the United States who are
coping with the aftermath of this unparalleled act of terrorism. We
join those who have lot their dear ones in their hour of sorrow.
as we denounce this instance of terrorist violence, we also express our
disapproval of the systemic violence practiced by unbridled capitalism
from which millions around the world continue to suffer grievously.
This form of violence may not be as dramatic as the mountain of debris
left behind by the collapsed trade towers, but is even more costly in
terms of human life. We urge the people of the US to wake up to a world
held to ransom by the gigantic economic players in the global arena,
currently dominated by the US itself.
death of several thousands in one blinding crash is tragic and
heartbreaking. Equally agonising is the slow death of starving people,
who die in their thousands disowned by a world in hot pursuit after
unlimited wealth. The challenge in the global village is to create a
global community where the worth of human lives will not be measured by
scales of affluence, and the needs of all people will be met out of the
resources of the Earth.
Valson Thampu, Christian thinker and academic
Whaiduddin Khan, Islamic scholar and humanist
Mohinder Singh, Sikh scholar
Ved Pratap Vedic, Journalist and Writer
A.K. Merchant, Bahai scholar
Agnivesh, Arya Samaj leader and social activist
Cultures' journal “Cultures and Development” would
like to associate itself to this show of sympathy to the American
citizens. This text also includes an analysis which may help to avoid
further tragedies. Swami Agnivesh is a friend and partner of Siddhartha
(Network Cultures-Asia and “Fireflies”) and of Network
Cultures in general.