A Good Book
Jimmy Carter. 2006. Palestine: Peace not
NY: Simon and Schuster. A view of the mess in
Palestine that few Americans encounter, aired by a
knowledgeable insider. To negotiate any lasting
peace, all sides of a conflict must be treated as
equals and their needs for security and justice must
be met. Carter argues that whatever the past, the
responsibility for failure now rests heavily on Israel.
A Future Without War
"In nonviolence the masses have a weapon which
enables a child, a woman, or even a decrepit old man
to resist the mightiest government successfully. If
your spirit is strong, mere lack of physical
strength ceases to be a handicap." - M. H.
Believe in it.
Work for it.
And we will achieve it.
Today is winter solstice. In the northern hemisphere
our descent into the dark and quiet of winter
reaches it lowest point. In the southern hemisphere
they enjoy the longest day of their year. As we in
the north look forward to the increasing light that
will bring us once more to spring, many traditions
express, in various ways, a longing for Peace on
Earth and Good Will Toward Men. AFWW wishes you and
those you love peace and joy in 2007 and progress
toward our shared goal of ending war.
In its various essays, the AFWW website covers an
enormous range of subjects. The essays explain why
we can end war, what we have to do to end war, and
how long it might take us to achieve success once we
resolve to act.
But what, exactly, is the mission of AFWW?
We've added a mission statement that reflects what
we see as the single biggest hurdle to ending war
and therefore, what needs to be the focus for AFWW.
Combined with the original essays and our additions
this year of a Good News page, the organization
Links, and the discussion board at Hot Soup, the
Mission Statement completes the core of the AFWW
website. We hope you find the site useful and
inspiring and that you recommend it to others who
long for an end to a seemingly endless
cycle of wars.
In December 2006, economist Muhammad Yunus accepted
the Nobel Peace Prize for his programs to lift the
poor through tiny loans. These loans change
individual lives and entire communities. "We must
address the root causes of terrorism", he said. "I
believe putting resources into improving the lives
of poor people is a better strategy than spending it
on guns." (Los Angeles Times, 11 December 2006)