9/11: The Peacemakers Speak

archive.thecommunity.com made its international debut in the weeks following 9/11, when the site exclusively published the statements of 19 Nobel Peace Prize laureates in response to the event. It was covered around the world, by AP, the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, NPR, all large Internet news outlets, the Malaysia New Straits Times, the Hong Kong Morning Post, and much more.

The site was selected the Number Two site in USA Today’s top ten sites for the year. It is currently in the Library of Congress archive for 9/11.

We still feature the laureates’ statements on the site as they are now part of the DNA of archive.thecommunity.com, and because now, more than fifteen years later, there is still much to be gained by their calls to address terrorism with sanity and global perspective. In many ways, they have only become more relevant since.

In the weeks that followed September 11, we received the statements of 19 of the living Nobel Peace Prize winners.

One month later, as we have moved from the shock of a terrorist event into watching military strikes, there are hard questions to be answered. People who normally consider themselves pacifistic have had to examine, how do you respond to the killing of 3000 innocent people and the injuring of 6000 more? People who support military action are also having to ask themselves, what about the civilians, and the fact that winter is moving in and the children are already hungry?

We see, as we receive new statements from the Laureates, that they are asking themselves the same types of questions we are asking. But these men and women, the people one of our readers aptly described as “our most precious of human resources”, bring a range of wisdom and experience to the discussion that is not available elsewhere.

As we have said before, the Nobel Peace Laureates do not speak in one voice. Do not expect their messages to be uniform. What they do have in common is that each of them has, by their actions, caused a shift in the way we think — in the way we view armed conflict, and the way we look at the world. By sharing their thoughts with us now, they may cause a shift in your thinking. They may cause you to ask other types of questions, or search, with the rest of us, for better solutions.

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