On Thursday morning in London, a brutal and violent attack was carried out on innocent civilians. My heart goes out to those people who have suffered a loss.
I don't know exactly what they are going through, but I can identify. I was in Washington D.C., on Sept. 11, 2001. I was at work across from the Hart Senate building. I was scared to go home and scared to stay at work. I was scared to travel on the metro subway. After the shock had worn off, I became very sad and very angry. Who did it? Why?
My prayers go out to those in London who have suffered losses. My prayers also go out to those who have suffered losses in Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan and elsewhere. To people who ride the bus every day to get to work at the risk of death.
I despise the unfurling of violence in our world. I am deeply saddened by the ugly part of human nature that chooses revenge and violence over conflict resolution and legal court systems.
I am continuously appalled that our own representatives in the United States continue to put American citizens in jeopardy by acting with emotional instincts rather than acting rationally and intelligently.
More war is not the answer to the London bombings. After more than three years of the U.S.-led "war on terror" and two years of war in Iraq, the world is no safer.
Thursday's attacks in London, the undiminished violence in Iraq and the intensified fighting in Afghanistan reveal how U.S. war policies have fueled more violence and suffering.
We must not respond to violence with more violence. Violence is an emotional urge felt at our most vulnerable moments and its outcome almost always results in a "bottleneck" effect that speeds up the chaos. We must exercise restraint until cooler heads prevail.
We must change our course now to address the root causes of violent extremism. We must pursue alternatives to war such as those suggested in the "Smart Security Legislation" introduced by Rep. Lynn Woolsey of California and take political steps to reduce the level of violence in Iraq such as declaring that it is U.S. policy to remove all U.S. troops and military bases from Iraqi soil.