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Largest Peace Group Denounces Obama’s Afghanistan Escalation
WASHINGTON - February 18 - Peace Action, the nation’s largest peace organization, today denounced
President Obama’s announcement yesterday to send an additional 17,000
U.S. troops into Afghanistan. The group claimed that experts doubt
there is a military solution to the crisis in the country and the
international community should focus on diplomacy, humanitarian aid and
“Instead of sending more Americans to die in Afghanistan in a conflict that experts agree is unwinnable militarily, we need a diplomatic and humanitarian surge,” stated Kevin Martin the group’s executive director.
Groups pushing for non-military solutions in Afghanistan point to a recent RAND Corporation report concluding that, since 1968, only seven percent of all terrorist groups that have ended were taken down by military force. In contrast, 40 percent of those groups were defeated through police and intelligence work, and 43 percent gave up terrorism as they were integrated into the political process.
“We know from the British and Russians that occupation in Afghanistan doesn’t work. The U.S. needs to push for regional diplomatic discussions that include all stakeholders. The U.S. needs to stop the killing of civilians by stopping air and drone strikes. Lastly, the international community needs to help the Afghan humanitarian crisis by increasing aid and development,” concluded Martin.