A Regional Section of Pax Christi USA and Pax Christi International
Pax Christi USA Statement:
Solution to Syria’s Chemical Weaponry Is Not Air Strikes
We deplore the actions of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad using chemical weapons to kill at least 42 Syrian people, and the subsequent bombing the United States doled out in retaliation. We appeal to the US to find other ways to resolve the grave issue of chemical weaponry other than acts of war. The way forward is through diplomacy and dialogue. Assad’s actions were horrific enough, and the US does not need to contribute to the murder and destruction of an already hurting and traumatized people.
It is impossible to fight hate with hate, and peace cannot be created through violence. Fighting chemical weaponry with airstrikes in Syria is a zero sum game. Acts of war are not effective, and history shows that the end of one war often leads to the creation of a new war. Furthermore, Donald Trump violated US law and international law by bombing Syria. This impulsive decision to strike Syria, without waiting for the chemical inspectors to carry out their investigations and without Congressional approval, is a dangerous escalation of an already horrific war. The solution is obvious; put US resources into the creation of justice rather than the promotion of injustice. Interrupt violence and support structures that offer life, not death.
STATEMENT: Pax Christi International asks world leaders to refrain from air strikes in Syria and stabilize relations for long-term peace
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Tragedy in Parkland
While our hearts and prayers are with those who lost their children and love ones in this horrific act of violence, we must take action to change policy.
Listen to those amazing young people who survived…their profound voices are calling us and our congressional representatives to action…they are demanding policy changes aimed at school safety. Let us support them!
It is not just a mental health issue…it is also a gun control issue!
Tell Congress that it must act to ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition now!
The AR-15 is the weapon of choice for mass shooters (see below for details). There is no reason good enough for civilians to have access to this weapon of war originally designed to kill humans. Please sign on now.
We must keep up the pressure for better mental health services and work to end the selling of AR-15 style semi-automatic rifles as they are nothing less than weapons of war!
she moves me
blogging for mother earth
Pax Christi Florida Member, Jim Rucquoi
i want to sit on this rock with you awhile, friend, think out loud a bit. first up, these new readings i’ve bumped into that continue to shake me awake. ever since starting out on my bike three years ago for mother earth, mother’s been whispering in my ear something fierce. after climate ride california last year i can think of little else. scattered news of old that held me in its addictive clutches fails to move me anymore. you move me, mother, front & center at last.
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