The Seamless Garment Network joins the rest of the world in mourning the thousands of people who were injured or killed in today's airline crashes at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. We look forward to the day that the people responsible for planning and executing these heinous attacks are found and tried for their crimes.
In the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing, many people leaped to the erroneous conclusion that Arab terrorists were responsible. Some of these people even directed their frustration toward Muslims and people of Middle Eastern descent. Innocent people were beaten, knifed, and shot due to racism on the part of angry and grieving Americans. At least one was killed. In the coming days and weeks, we will find out how much the United States learned from that tragedy. We urge the American people not to allow their entirely understandable fear and confusion to manifest themselves in still more acts of senseless brutalization.
Violence begets violence. Already we hear calls for retaliatory bombing against any nations found to be complicit in this horror. Such an action cannot bring back the dead or take away the grief of the survivors; it can only lead to more loss of life, more poverty and desperation, and more people who are so consumed with hatred that they will kill themselves and others. Further bloodshed does nothing to honor the precious lives lost in these senseless acts of terrorism -- breaking the cycle of violence is a much more fitting memorial.
It is our hope that cool heads and warm hearts will prevail both in the streets of the United States and in the corridors of power. We will work to ensure that our national response to this tragedy will further the cause of peace and justice, rather than setting it back.
Once again, we extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the victims.