At the start of a new century, we stand poised between:
The geopolitical conflict of East versus West.
A future marked by the aftermath of the catastrophic events of September 11, 2001
The dangers of global terrorism.
The U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan followed by the unprovoked invasion and occupation of Iraq.
The escalation of conflict in the Middle East.
The continued research and development of nuclear weapons.
The stockpiling of bio-chemical weapons.
In the area of trade, third- and fourth-world economies and their resources are being ravaged and our own economy and job security undermined by global corporatization. Global Corporatization concentrates greater power in the hands of fewer interests who are unaccountable to the vast majority of the world's people.
With continued conflicts and violence, we realize the difficulties inherent in encouraging democracy and of advancing the cause of peace. We now face a more complex set of challenges in how our nation defines its national security.
We must support sustainable development and social and economic justice across the globe. Reducing militarism and reliance on arms policies is the key to progress toward collective security.