U.S. leaders should not strike North Korea

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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.


Stephen October 30, 2017 at 4:20 pm

No one wants war and to believe the US intends a preemptive strike against any country is contemptible. Its not North Korea, nor its people, but the whims of a spoiled, well-to-do child-man who always got his way and has the delusion he is all powerful that needs to be spanked and sent to bed without his supper.

Mark Albertson October 31, 2017 at 6:01 pm

The use of nuclear weapons may be contemptible, but do not discount U.S. planners from the use of same. 1954, French paratroopers surrounded at Dien Bien Phu . . . Paris petitioned Washington for assistance. The Joint Chiefs considered the use of 60 B-29s from the Philippines, together with an escort of 150 Navy carrier fighters, to bomb the Vietminh encircling the beleaguered French garrison. Nuclear bombs were considered here. Admiral Arthur Radford was OK with this; so was General Nathan Twining of the USAF. General Mathew Ridgway of the Army was against it. As was President Eisenhower. The French surrendered and the First Indochina War was over.

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