Friday, September 9, 2011

Revenge for 9/11? Some work for peace.

Not all families of 9/11 victims seek revenge. Some use skillful means to promote peace. One is Terry Greene, whose brother died that day ten years ago.

My brother, Donald F. Greene, was among the passengers aboard United Flight 93 that crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after passengers retook control of the flight. Don was a licensed pilot who would have been a great aide in flying the plane if it had been possible to do so.

As the ten-year mark since the attacks of 9/11 approaches, I find my activities as a member of Peaceful Tomorrows have only grown over time. Our members mourn deeply not only the ongoing loss we feel for those who perished on 9/11, but also the many ways the tragedy has been compounded by the response to it in our country and beyond our borders. We find it disturbing that patriotism, which has strengthened in me since the attacks, has not been directed at protecting America at its core – its values and system of government. Instead, our country seems to have abandoned civil liberties and human rights, from constitutional rights of freedom of religion to the right to a fair and speedy trial and humane treatment, as principles we can no longer afford.

Yet despite the mounting losses and increased divisiveness in the world, through Peaceful Tomorrows I have found great cause for hope. The people I’ve met and the work this group has done show another way. We have been joined and inspired by so many from all walks of life who recognize that we must learn to stand united with, not against, one another for the sake of our common survival. Many of these individuals and organizations are profiled in our new Our Voices/Our Choices ( website that was created to reflect upon the past 10 years and to consider how we can shift towards more peaceful tomorrows.

Terry Greene

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