October 8, 2012 – Many of you may not know that yesterday marked 11 years of U.S. war in Afghanistan. We began year 12 today Oct 8. What do we have after 11 years of war? We have a broken economy, 2,134 U.S. dead, tens of thousands wounded physically and mentally, no official count of Afghan deaths (wonder why), but lowest numbers appear to be in the tens of thousands. Lately U.S. and coalition forces are being killed by “friendly” Afghans being trained.
Did the news inform you of this sad anniversary? Of course not, because our political leaders want us to forget what is happening. They don’t want us to question our constant and relentless use of war. They don’t want us to think about why over 50% of the federal budget’s discretionary spending is military. Yet with all the money and the superior military force the U.S. possesses, 11 years later we are still in a war in the 12th poorest country in the world. The people continue to resist, their will is not broken and it does not seem close to being so.
Has it not become obvious something is wrong? Billions are being spent, meaning this war has become a cash cow. It is time my friends, in fact it is past time to BRING OUR TROOPS HOME.
We all must head the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “So man’s proneness to engage in war is still a fact. But wisdom born of experience should tell us that war is obsolete. There may have been a time when war served as a negative good by preventing the spread and growth of an evil force, but the destructive power of modern weapons eliminated even the possibility that war may serve as a negative good. If we assume that life is worth living and that man has a right to survive, then we must find an alternative to war. “