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60% of Americans say “End the War Now”. What are we fighting for?

August 24, 2010

What are we fighting for? What are we using our treasure and our young soldiers for? How many are suffering because we are present in Central Asia? From our friends at “Voters for Peace”, here’s two good articles from them today. read it in full, click here.

Substitute “Afghanistan” for Viet Nam, and substitute “Commies” for “Taliban”, and if we had a DRAFT, this war would be over. Country Joe and the Fish at Woodstock says it all:


Opposition to Afghanistan conflict not just a liberal issue anymore

    North Carolina Senate candidate Elaine Marshall (D) opposed the surge of troops to Afghanistan and wants American forces to withdraw from the country in an orderly fashion.

    “We’re spending billions to train a corrupt police force there, and here at home we’re laying off policemen and firefighters,” she said in a statement. “We’re hiring teachers over there, and here we’re sending teachers to the unemployment lines. If there’s a country we need to rebuild, it’s America.”

And, More:

    Liberal Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), who faces a tough reelection fight, has been outspoken about a timetable for Afghanistan. He reiterated that stance Thursday.

    “Rather than send more troops to Afghanistan, where there is no military solution, the president should lay out a timetable for ending our military involvement there so we are better able to combat al Qaeda’s global network without needlessly risking American lives and spending dollars we don’t have,” he said in a statement.

Poll: Nearly 6 in 10 oppose war in Afghanistan
by GLEN JOHNSON
Associated Press Read the full story, click here.

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — A majority of Americans see no end in sight in Afghanistan, and nearly six in 10 oppose the nine-year-old war as President Barack Obama sends tens of thousands more troops to the fight, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

With just over 10 weeks before nationwide elections that could define the remainder of Obama’s first term, only 38 percent say they support his expanded war effort in Afghanistan – a drop from 46 percent in March. Just 19 percent expect the situation to improve during the next year, while 29 percent think it will get worse. Some 49 percent think it will remain the same.

Aid running out for 1.3 million refugees; More Innocent Deaths by UN Troops first claiming they were “Insurgents”; One Pakistani Villager life = $4,800 USD; Oppose War Funding, Support Military Withdrawal Legislation

April 22, 2010

The Price of Attacking Villages in search of “Terrorists”: Thousands of Pakistanis continue to flee Taliban-plagued northwest provinces every day, but money is running out to help the 1.3 million people displaced by fighting, aid agencies warned Wednesday. Read More Here.

From Dawn.com: Displaced men and boys line up as they wait for the daily ration during a food distribution at the Chota Lahore refugee camp, at Swabi, in northwest Pakistan. – AP (File Photo)



More Suffering due to chasing “Terrorists”:
Aid distribution was suspended by the United Nations after twin suicide attacks killed 43 displaced people in northwest Pakistan at the weekend, should resume by the end of the week, the head of the UN’s emergency office said on Tuesday. But other UN and NGO programmes are in danger of being cut or closed because of lack of funding from the international community. Read More Here.

From Dawn.com: The United Nations subsequently suspended humanitarian operations in Kohat as well as the neighbouring region of Hangu, where it is assisting more than 250,000 people who have fled fighting in Afghan border areas. – AFP (File Photo)

NATO Admits Four Killed Were Civilians, Not ‘Insurgents’ They were Kids Driving Home From a Volleyball Game

    As details of the Monday night shooting along the roads of Afghanistan’s Khost Province continue to come out, NATO has revised its initial claim that the four teens killed included two “known insurgents” and two “suspected insurgents,” conceding that they were actually all innocent civilians. The four were driving home from a volleyball game along the highway when a military convoy spotted them. After flashing their lights at the car, the troops opened fire, killing everyone in the car. Read More Here.

Villagers “Compensated” for innocent lives being taken by Pakistani Military. Today, the living relatives received Rs.2 Lakh ($4,800 USD) and Rs.1 Lakh ($2,400 USD) for an injured person, and the relatives got jobs. So life in Pakistan is worth more than life in Afghanistan? Afghani families get “compensated” less than that, when they are “compensated”.

    ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani army gave compensation on Thursday to the families of the victims of the Tirah air strikes on April 10, 2010. Brigadier Basit presented the cheques at a ceremony for the Kuki Khel tribe in the Shakuf Fort in the Jamrud Tehsil of Khyber Agency.

    Compensation of Rs.2 lakh each was given to families of the deceased while Rs.1 lakh each was given to the injured. A political agent of the Khyber Agency, Shafirullah Wazir, was also present at the ceremony.Wazir also announced that the injured would be provided free medical treatment and that the relaties of the victims would be appointed as levies in the FC. Kuki Khel tribesmen expressed their gratitude to the Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani and pledged their assistance in the fight against terror.

From Just Foreign Policy: Oppose War Funding, Support Military Withdrawal Legislation (Click Here).

    In the next several weeks, Congress is expected to be asked to approve $33 billion more for war in Afghanistan. The money will be used chiefly to pay for the current military escalation and the U.S. military’s offensive in the Afghan city of Kandahar planned for this summer. This week, Senator Feingold and Representative McGovern announced they are introducing legislation that would require the President to establish a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.

    Recently, WikiLeaks made public a classified military video (right) depicting the U.S. military killing over a dozen individuals, including two Reuters employees. A second report claims that U.S. forces covered-up details surrounding the slaying of five Afghan civilians — including two pregnant women — during a night raid in February. Killing of innocents will stop only when the war stops.

    Will you write to your representatives, urging them to oppose more money for war and to support the Feingold-McGovern bill? Click here, email your Congress Member.

Please call your Congress Members and tell them to VOTE NO on the $33 Billion War funding to kill more people in Afghanistan, the phone number is (202) 224-3121

Oppose War Funding, Support Military Withdrawal Legislation; Call Your Congress Members Today (202) 224-3121: Vote No on $33 Billion to be spent Killing Afghanistan people

April 13, 2010

From Just Foreign Policy: Oppose War Funding, Support Military Withdrawal Legislation (Click Here).

    In the next several weeks, Congress is expected to be asked to approve $33 billion more for war in Afghanistan. The money will be used chiefly to pay for the current military escalation and the U.S. military’s offensive in the Afghan city of Kandahar planned for this summer. This week, Senator Feingold and Representative McGovern announced they are introducing legislation that would require the President to establish a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.

    Recently, WikiLeaks made public a classified military video (right) depicting the U.S. military killing over a dozen individuals, including two Reuters employees. A second report claims that U.S. forces covered-up details surrounding the slaying of five Afghan civilians — including two pregnant women — during a night raid in February. Killing of innocents will stop only when the war stops.

    Will you write to your representatives, urging them to oppose more money for war and to support the Feingold-McGovern bill? Click here, email your Congress Member.

Please call your Congress Members and tell them to VOTE NO on the $33 Billion War funding to kill more people in Afghanistan, the phone number is (202) 224-3121.

Innocent Civilians Leaving Their Homes in Malakand prior to U.S. backed Pakistani Military Attack

Today, this call to action is from Voters for Peace and we are reprinting it here as this is what YOU need to do Today Please:

This Story will be Posted through April 19. Send your friends to this link so they may begin making calls also. Thank you.

    Voters for Peace is joining with 20 other anti-war organizations in making this week a call-in week on Afghanistan.

    Congress has returned from recess and a war supplemental is on their agenda. They need to hear from constituents.

    When you call you should ask there be no more war funding for Afghanistan, that a date be set an end date to U.S. occupation and that real peace negotiations begin.

    A second call-in week will be scheduled when there is better intelligence on the timing of the war supplemental vote and possible amendments but it is important to lay the groundwork now. We expect the vote will happen before Friday, May 28, the start of the Congressional Memorial Day recess.

    Please call both your Senators and your House Member. The Congressional hotline number is: (202) 224-3121. They will connect you to your representatives. Thank you, Kevin Zeese,Executive Director
    Voters for Peace

From Just Foreign Policy: Track your calls, report it here.
Call Congress Against the War in Afghanistan. Urge your Representative to: oppose the war supplemental, support a military withdrawal timetable, and support peace negotiations. The Congressional switchboard is 202-224-3121. When you’ve completed your call, you can report the result by CLICKING HERE.

Peace Community Urges Obama to End Af-Pak War; Pres. Obama’s first Statement

September 16, 2009

Dear President Obama:

From Voters for Peace: We are writing on behalf of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance to seek a meeting to discuss the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan. We are greatly concerned that the people of Afghanistan, like the people of Iraq, are suffering greatly from the U.S. invasion and the continued assault on this beleaguered country.

We feel you are stuck in the same trap, which ensnared President Lyndon Johnson. His decision to continue that awful war in Vietnam brought down his presidency. He failed to listen to the peace movement, and history has not been kind to him. READ FULL LETTER HERE. Sign Voters for Peace Pledge here.

Meanwhile, President Obama says“You have to get the strategy right and then make the determination about resources,” Obama said, speaking a day after the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, said more troops would probably be needed and that he expected a request from McChrystal in a couple of weeks. Read the whole story here.

PLEASE PASS THIS ON and: Write your Congress Member and your Senators right now at this link. It is easy to do. Please do it now. No more troops, no more money, End the War(s) Now.


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