Sign this Petition to Take Action Against the Afghanistan War

This is the beginning of the end of the U.S. involvement in Afghanistan (and Central Asia). It is a small first step. But it is a step. Many voices will be heard over the next week and beyond on “more troops are needed to save us from Terrorists”, and our voices will be saying “NO MORE TROOPS, NO MORE FUNDING, BRING OUR TROOPS HOME”.

Here’s an action you can take in the next three minutes that can help bring these wars to an end. Please sign the petition and send our link to all of your mailing list. PLEASE.


Afghanistan – A Petition to Take Action Against the War. Please go to the link and sign the petition now.

The Petition:
Afghanistan – A Petition to Take Action Against the War
Published by tom hayden on Sep 03, 2009
Category: International AffairsRegion: United States of AmericaTarget: Peace; anti-war; religious; Obama; women; social justice; Human Rights.

Background (Preamble):
An escalation of troops to Afghanistan is pending.
We, the undersigned peace and justice leaders, believe that the American military interventions in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq are deepening quagmires that threaten a Long War without end.

At the current rate of American deaths in Afghanistan, over 1,000 additional American soldiers will be killed in the next two years of “hard fighting” predicted by the Pentagon as the next phase of a ten year occupation. Another $130 billion for Afghanistan and Iraq now is being rushed through a sleeping Congress. An escalation of even more troops is pending.

Now is the time for an exit strategy to end these wars. The government of warlords, drug lords, and landlords we prop up in Kabul is losing more legitimacy by the day. A majority of Americans – including 70 percent from the majority party – now consider Afghanistan a mistake. Leading national security experts even deny that it’s a necessary war.

If we do not decide to disengage at once, our dreams of domestic reform will be squandered by years of war budgets. Our dreams of clean energy will be buried in wars over oil and pipelines. The global good will extended to our new President will be jeopardized.

We understand how difficult it is to reverse a mistaken course. But that is the leadership we need, not one that continually escalates in order not to lose. We have been there.

– Our government should adopt an exit strategy from Afghanistan based on all-party talks, regional diplomacy, unconditional humanitarian aid, and timelines for the near-term withdrawal of American and NATO combat troops.

– The aerial bombardments of Afghan and Pakistan villages, like burning down haystacks to find terrorist needles, should end.

– Military spending should be reversed in Afghanistan to focus on food, medicine, shelter, the socio-economic needs of the poor, and the dignity of women and children.

– President Obama should keep his pledge to withdraw all troops from Iraq by 2011, and prevent American interference in the forthcoming Iraqi elections.

– The President should oppose any Israeli attack on Iran, which will only inflame the regional and global conflict.

Much as we were inspired by Barack Obama’s election, we will not be taken for granted by the President and the Congressional majority. The historic victories in 2006 and 2008 were fueled by popular enthusiasm and unprecedented voter turnouts that cannot be reignited by e-mail solicitations. A growing disenchantment with a costly quagmire will threaten all the hopes of 2008. Everything is related now: we cannot afford national health care, housing, and clean energy while spending billions on quagmires across several continents.

We are prepared to create a storm of protest in Congressional districts and close Senate races. We will form alliances with all those whose hope for health, energy and economic reform are diminished by these wars. We will defend dissent in the armed forces and protect our children from the snares of military recruiters. We will reach out to strengthen a global peace movement, especially in NATO countries.

History shows that terrorist threats can come from German cities, African villages, and even homegrown American cells, not simply the caves of Pakistan.

Our security needs cannot be served by provoking the growing hatred of America caused by repeated invasions of foreign lands. We are human beings who refuse to be defined in the world as mindless military drones and Predators.

ARIEL DORFMAN, Author, Duke University

RABBI STEVEN B. JACOBS, Progressive Faith Foundation
REV. GEORGE REGAS, pastor emeritus, All-Saints Episcopal Church
REV. ED BACON, Pastor, All-Saints Episcopal Church
REV. PETER LAARMAN, Progressive Christians United
DR. NAZIR KHAJA, President, Islamic Information Service
REV. JOHN B. COBB, Claremont Theology School
REV. GEORGE HUNSINGER, Princeton Theology Seminary
REV. JAMES CONN, Director, New Ministries, United Methodist Church
REV. JANET EOLLERY MCKEITHEN, Westside Interfaith Coalition
STEPHEN ROHDE, president, Inter-faith Communities for Peace and Justice, Los Angeles

SENATOR JOHN BURTON, chairman, California Democratic Party
KAREN BERNAL, chair, Progressive Caucus, California Democratic Party
SUSIE SHANNON, Executive Board Member, California Democratic Party
PAUL HAGGIS, film director
SONALI KOHATKAR, Co-director, Afghan Women’s Mission
MICHAEL RATNER, President, Center for Constitutional Rights
LESLIE CAGAN, co-founder, United for Peace and Justice
RUSTI EISENBERG, United for Peace and Justice
MICHAEL MCPHEARSON, Veterans for Peace

VAN GOSSE, co-founder, Historians Against the War
MARC BECKER, co-chair, Historians Against the War
BILL FLETCHER, Jr., executive director, Black Commentator, co-founder Progressives for Obama
RICHARD FALK, professor, Princeton University, United Nations rapporteur
LEONARD WEINGLASS, human rights attorney
MATTHEW EVANGELISTA, chair, Department of Government, Cornell University
STANLEY ARONOWITZ, graduate center, City University of New York
JOE FEAGAN, professor, Texas A&M University

GAEL MURPHY, Code Pink, Washington
TIM CARPENTER, Progressive Democrats of America [PDA]
LEONARD WEINGLASS, human rights attorney

We at Out of Central Asia have signed the petition. Please do so here. Pass this on to your friends. It is a beginning. Join in. Sign now.

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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3 Responses to “Sign this Petition to Take Action Against the Afghanistan War”

  1. Dyke Davis Says:

    I fully support the end to western involvement in the whole genocide, occupation,murder, rape, resourse theif, enviromental contamination of war weapons and torture of Muslim/Arabs world citizens/lands.
    I oppose America’s support for any country or entity that is a occupation against mandate recorded in the United Nations, such as Israel and it’s murderous and racist criminal history and occupation of Palestinian land and life.
    I support War Crimes and Violation of Human Rights charges to be dully brought foreward against the criminalist George W. Bush and his republican gangsters for the 8-years of slaughter unleashed on the world after 9/11, which has killed or created the conditions that lead to the killing, maming, dislocation, and enviromental destruction effecting over 300million people directly in the conflict areas.
    The above does not cover the fraud and economic destruction brought forth by the above mention that is a indirect criminal product of the illegal warfare unsupported by a knowing world.

  2. rodolfo zuniga Says:

    I fully support the initiative

  3. Patrick Says:

    I am 16 years old and the war will cause our country to go further into economic deficit. When i move out and get a job guess who has to pay all the taxes for your inconsiderate moves?

    I do. What a gift.

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