Education for Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC) Condemns Terrorist Attack and Urges Restraint


EPIC CONDEMNS TERRORIST ATTACK AND URGES RESTRAINT



For Immediate Release

September 11, 2001



The Education for Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC) today condemned the

terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.



"We are deeply shaken by the unimaginable tragedies that took place 

this

morning." EPIC Director Erik Gustafson continued, "We await reports of

casualties with great trepidation, and we join with others in offering 

our

deepest condolences to the families and communities who have lost loved

ones."



Speaking from Washington, Gustafson expressed concern about reports of

bomb threats against faith communities and non-governmental 

organizations

(NGOs) in Washington. "It is essential for all of us to recognize that

terrorists do not represent, nor are representative, of any community. 

We

must not allow terrorism the power to create fear, suspicion and hatred 

or

to direct our nation's domestic and foreign policies. We must come

together and support each other with faith and trust."



Ibrahim Ramey of the Muslim Peace Fellowship and the Fellowship of

Reconciliation (FOR) returned early this morning from the Racism

Conference in South Africa. His flight landed in Newark at 7 am.



Speaking from New York, Ibrahim said, "The tragic and unwarranted 

attack

on civilians by terrorists signals a need for all parties to stop the 

use

of violence. The individuals who carried out these attacks were 

operating

outside moral law. Violence is destructive and counter-productive in 

any

context of peace and justice-making, and can never be justified. I

personally call upon the U.S. government and civil society to show

restraint, particularly when all the facts are not known."



In a statement released today, EPIC cited the 1998 mistaken attack on 

the

Al Shifa pharmaceutical plant in Sudan and expressed hopes for 

restraint.

The statement read in part: "As an organization that has become 

intimately

knowledgeable of the horrific costs of war and violence, EPIC calls on

U.S. officials to proceed with caution and not violently rush toward

vengeance, but rather seek justice through peaceful and diplomatic 

means.

It is our hope that those responsible will be found and prosecuted. We

must all work to realize a world where violent attacks on civilians 

stop

and conflicts are resolved through nonviolent means."



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