Wilton Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends-Quakers of Wilton Connecticut urges U.S. leaders to resist any temptation to a military strike against North Korea.
The use of military force on the Korean peninsula would cause massive loss of life and other horrific consequences to Koreans and other nations’ people including our own. Over 100,000 Americans reside in South Korea, including thousands of civilians. Such a war, especially nuclear war, also would do terrible, long-term damage to the Earth’s ecosystem. As with the war in Iraq, an attack on North Korea would have unintended consequences.
Only continued patience, diplomacy and nonmilitary interactions hold the promise for true peace-building and a better future for the Korean peninsula. Our nation must reject the false promises of war and threats of war.
Quakers have supported peaceful resolution of conflicts for more than 350 years, received the Nobel Peace Prize, participated in the establishment of the United Nations and other practical, ongoing conflict resolution organizations. Consistent with Friends’ historic Peace Testimony, “We utterly deny all outward wars and strife and fightings with outward weapons, for any end, or under any pretense whatsoever; and this is our testimony to the whole world.”
Approved by Wilton Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends-Quakers, on October 8, 2017.