“The cycle of violence” that surrounded the 9/11 terror attacks shows how destructive violence can be, said Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Vatican’s permanent observer to the UN.
“The 9/11 attacks were preceded and followed by many horrendous acts of violence, proving that violence begets more violence, hatred begets more hatred, and revenge perpetuates the cycle of violence,” Archbishop Auza said on 11th September, the 18th anniversary of the attacks, at an event sponsored by the Global Movement for the Culture of Peace and Pax Christi International.
“There must be a way to stop the cycle of violence, restore the rule of law and build peaceful societies,” he added at the event, ‘Be Peace: Pathways Toward a Culture of Peace’. “We have institutions to govern us and implement the law. But they are never enough to stop violence, much less to build a culture of peace.”
Archbishop Auza suggested that even some of the UN’s signature mission and achievements are not enough.
“We have treaties and conventions on human rights to oblige us to respect the rights of others. We have the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, resolutions and political declarations to educate us about human dignity and urge us to build a culture of peace,” he said. “But they have not been and are not enough to stop violence and restore harmony.”
Picture: An American flag is seen amid the engraved names at the national 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City during ceremonies on 11th September 2019, commemorating the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Nearly 3,000 people died in the 2001 attacks on New York City, Shanksville, Pa., and the Pentagon. (CNS photo/Brendan Mcdermid, Reuters).