Our response to terrorism must be rigorously constrained by a framework of
morality and international law that rules out torture, extrajudicial detentions
or executions, and the use of or threat to use nuclear weapons or other weapons
of mass destruction. We believe that the “war” on terrorism as it is now conceived by U.S. authorities is inadequate and dangerous. It has unleashed a new spiral of violence, greatly expanded military expenditures, undermined the international disarmament agenda and failed to address the root causes of terrorism.
A much more fruitful route would be to contribute energetically to an international consensus in response to terrorism, committing ourselves as a nation to pursuing the global common good in full cooperation with the family of nations and to an unwavering respect for civil and political human rights at home and abroad.
Implications of the "war on terror"
The war on terror has had two major economic impacts so far: an increase in overall military assistance to countries experiencing conflict, and elimination of sanctions on arms exports to those countries. This increased military assistance from the U.S. comes primarily in two forms:
- Foreign Military Financing (FMF) – Congressionally-appropriated grants to foreign governments to help finance the purchase of U.S. weapons, services and training;
- International Military Education and Training (IMET) grants, given to foreign governments to pay for training by U.S. military personnel on U.S. weapons systems. Since Sept. 11, 2001, the focus of IMET has been on counter-terrorism training.
“Is Terrorism World War III?” (The “war on terror” cannot be won by military might.) Philip Ball in The Guardian
Catholic Thought on Terrorism and Conflict Conference of Catholic Bishops’
Comments by Marie Dennis, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns February 24, 2002
The Challenges of Peacebuilding in an Age of Counter-Terrorism Catholic Peacebuilding Network
Comments by Marie Dennis, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns May 17, 2004