For Immediate Release
Peace Action: On 9th Anniversary of Invastion of Afghanistan Wrong Strategy Persists
WASHINGTON - With the 9th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan tomorrow, Peace Action continues to voice its opposition to the war and pressure elected officials for a ceasefire, negotiations and the withdrawal of all NATO and U.S. troops.
Peace Action, the nation's largest grassroots peace organization, marks the anniversary of the war with "International Days of Action to End the War in Afghanistan," an international coalition of peace groups from 11 countries who call for nonviolent actions from Oct. 7-10. Peace Action along with 10 other U.S.-national organizations and coalitions are urging local communities and activists to take action to end this catastrophic war. (For a sample of some of the activities, visit www.endafghanistanwar.com).
"With the highest number of civilian and soldier deaths this year and the recent failed election, clearly the Obama Administration's military strategy is failing. Americans can no longer afford this blood and treasure, which tends to create more recruits for violent extremists. It's time for less emphasis on expensive, counterproductive military strategies and more investment in political solutions and Afghan-led development that provides jobs, food, clean water and stability," stated Paul Kawika Martin, the group's policy and political director who travelled to Afghanistan last year.
As a group that promotes positive, practical solutions for peace, Peace Action laid out a plan for Afghanistan that focuses on convening and supporting peace talks aimed at political reconciliation, enhanced security, support for women's rights, and economic development. The United Nations, British and American generals, some members of Congress and peace groups agree that the nine year-old war in Afghanistan can not be won militarily.
Martin concluded, "For over a year, polls show American voters against this war. More recently they turned against President Obama's handling of Afghanistan. Americans want troops and war dollars to come home.
Founded in 1957, Peace Action, the United States' largest peace and disarmament organization with over 100,000 members and nearly 100 chapters in 34 states, works to achieve the abolition of nuclear weapons, promote government spending priorities that support human needs and encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights.