WRL’s Statement on September 11, 2001

On September 11, 2001, War Resisters League staff person David McReynolds, wrote this from the WRL National Office which was only a mile and half north of the World Trade Towers.

As we write, Manhattan feels under siege, with all bridges, tunnels, and subways closed, and tens of thousands of people walking slowly north from Lower Manhattan. As we sit in our offices here at War Resisters League, our most immediate thoughts are of the hundreds if not thousands of New Yorkers who have lost their lives in the collapse of the World Trade Center. The day is clear, the sky is blue, but vast clouds billow over the ruins where so many have died, including a great many rescue workers.

Before the end of that day, before it was known who was responsible, the statement was adopted by WRL distributed far and wide. How could an organization be so clear on such a confusing day? Because WRL believes that war is a crime against humanity.

This leaflet was created from the text of that statement.