Newton Dialogues on Peace and War Mission Statement
- We are committed to the values of peace and
justice for all people and believe that our government's policies should
be judged by their fidelity to these values.
- We are concerned that our government has too
frequently responded to international crises through the use of massive
military force and that such a response will, in the long run, decrease
rather than increase safety and security.
- We are concerned that there is so little active
debate and discussion about the momentous choices and decisions that now
confront us as a country. Democratic discussion and debate are the best
expressions of patriotism.
- We are concerned that the current response to
terrorism deflects us from seeking justice and economic security for all
people in our own nation and throughout the world.
- We are concerned that our country has acted
unilaterally, and we believe that efforts to prevent terrorism must be
grounded in international cooperation.
Members of Newton Dialogues on Peace and War
recognize that there are no simple answers to the problems that confront
our nation and the rest of the world. We oppose both automatic support and
automatic opposition to government policies and believe that democracy can
flourish only if citizens and our representatives discuss and debate
policies rather than simply acquiesce in them.
For this reason, we seek to promote public
discussion, dialogue, and peaceful action, so that responses to terrorism
and other challenges facing our country will be matters of public debate
and subject to the democratic process. Only in this way will policies
emerge that are grounded in the fundamental American values of peace and