Jill Stein Statement on the Brussels Terror Attack

Jill Stein

Jill Stein

From Jill Stein’s campaign website:

I join the world in condemning the horrific acts of violence and devastating loss of innocent lives today in Brussels. Likewise we deplore the recent civilian slaughter in Turkey as well as the Middle East and Africa. In the first three months of 2016 alone, there have been over 100 acts of terrorism that have killed or injured innocent civilians.

All life is precious. Every person killed is a tragedy for their loved ones that touches their communities and the broader world.We must commit ourselves to building a world that respects and values all individuals and cultures and rejects the use of violence as a way to resolve grievances and differences.

Responding to murderous acts of violence with more violence, curtailments of civil liberties, harassment of refugees and draconian mass surveillance is the response the terrorists hope to provoke.

As I have stated before, the terrorist attacks are clearly a product of the exploding violence in the Middle East over the past 15 years. Governments have been destabilized and weapons have poured into the hands of extremists. Over a million lives, largely civilians, have been lost in Iraq alone. That carnage enables terrorists to mobilize mass recruiting and rationalize their own horrific, despicable acts. In the last decade, the US-led assaults to achieve regime change have created failed states in which ISIS has flourished. In the process, the US has supplied vast stocks of weapons to the Middle East, including nearly $100 million in weapons sales to Saudi Arabia in recent years.

It’s time for a new approach – a Peace Offensive that can end the wars for oil and stop ISIS in its tracks.

The US and its allies created and maintain the life support systems of ISIS. We can shut them down. The Saudis must stop funding them. Turkey must close its border to the jihadi militias that reinforce them. Iraq and our other allies must stop buying their oil on the black market. We must cut off the flow of weapons to ISIS by initiating a weapons embargo to the Middle East, starting with our own massive supply of weapons to the region.

After $6 trillion dollars, tens of thousands of US soldiers killed and maimed, over a million people slaughtered in the Middle East – it is time to admit that America’s war on terrorism has catastrophically failed and that a different approach is needed.

We cannot simultaneously fight terrorism with one hand, while we and our allies are funding and arming terrorism with the other. The path to real security and the defeat of terrorism is a foreign policy based on international law, human rights and diplomacy.

11 thoughts on “Jill Stein Statement on the Brussels Terror Attack

  1. jim

    Imagine that! An article that strongly condemns “terrorism”, yet doesn’t mention “Muslims” or “Islam” at all! Truly amazing! Political-correctness gone wild.

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  4. AMcCarrick

    Jim, that’s because Islam is NOT the issue here, she specifically stated the issue, you just refuse to acknowledge it as the issue.

    “the terrorist attacks are clearly a product of the exploding violence in the Middle East over the past 15 years. Governments have been destabilized and weapons have poured into the hands of extremists. Over a million lives, largely civilians, have been lost in Iraq alone. That carnage enables terrorists to mobilize mass recruiting and rationalize their own horrific, despicable acts.”

    That is the issue. If we stopped the bombing of innocent civilians ISIS and other groups wouldn’t gain new recruits. We bomb innocent Syrians, destroy their homes and then refuse to accept them as refugees. They have no where to go but in to the ISIS welfare state. ISIS then uses them as a support structure, while the radicals are then free to go carry out attacks. These recruits aren’t necessarily supporters of the violence that the radicals carry out, but in order to survive in any remotely reasonable way and have shelter, food, water, and other basic necessities, they have no choice. We create an indefinite cycle of terrorism. In reality, it is Western Cultures perpetuating a never ending cycle, not Islam.

    If you did even the least bit of research you’d understand that, but you buy the crap the media feeds you and then likely on top of it just have an underlying hatred for people that are different than you.

  5. Larry Carter Center @AtheistVet

    Dr Stein kindly presents the problem and the solution ending wars for oil. I will expose all doubts. …. USA armed ISIS to oppose ASSAD & similarly in Libya so that violent religionists could claim territory no different from zionism. …..when all of the world powers renounce violence and switch to GREEN technology peacekeeping troops shall have diminishing problems with violent believers as a secular world chooses life over suicide. …..843-926-1750 @LarryAccomplish

  6. jim

    AMcCarrick: I guess you don’t realize that nothing you said contradicts what I said. You said, “Jim, that’s because Islam is NOT the issue here, she specifically stated the issue, you just refuse to acknowledge it as the issue.”
    I look very suspiciously at anyone who says, “[fill in the blank] is not the issue here”.
    I’d say, instead, that it is quite clear that religion (in this case Islam) is by far the largest part of the issue. It’s just that Stein wants to ‘de-religionize’ the dispute, when it is obviously the underlying source of the dispute. These people are fighting for the same reason Muslims have been fighting themselves (as well as people of other religions) for 1400 years. They represent a thoroughly violent society.

  7. jim

    AMcCarrick: This is from the Wikipedia article, “Islam and violence”:
    “The millennium of Muslim conquests could be classified, technically, as “religious war”, however the applicability of the term has been questioned. The reason is that the very notion of a “religious war” as opposed to a “secular war” is the result of the Western concept of the separation of Church and State. No such division has ever existed in the Islamic world, and consequently there cannot be a real division between wars that are “religious” from such that are “non-religious”. Islam does not have any normative tradition of pacifism, and warfare has been integral part of Islamic history both for the defense and the spread of the faith since the time of Muhammad. This was formalised in the juristic definition of war in Islam, which continues to hold normative power in contemporary Islam, inextricably linking political and religious justification of war.[15] This normative concept is known as Jihad, which includes the aspect of physical struggle.[16]”

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