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Taking a Stance on the Afghan War


Afghanistan, one of the poorest nations on Earth has been the victim of constant terror and aggression by the United States as well as by other groups. However, I as a citizen of the United States am not responsible for the crimes of others, but am solely responsible for the actions of my own country, the United States. We should ask ourselves why in the month of April a record number of bombs were dropped on Afghanistan. We should ask ourselves why we support a government in Afghanistan that consists of thugs, killers and war criminals...

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Taking a Stance on the Afghan War

By Salman Mogaddedi

May 13, 2009

Afghanistan, one of the poorest nations on Earth has been the victim of constant terror and aggression by the United States as well as by other groups. However, I as a citizen of the United States am not responsible for the crimes of others, but am solely responsible for the actions of my own country, the United States.

We should ask ourselves why in the month of April a record number of bombs were dropped on Afghanistan. We should ask ourselves why we support a government in Afghanistan that consists of thugs, killers and war criminals. Why do we find it easy to condemn the atrocities of the Taliban, but call our own atrocities "collateral damage?"We should also begin to challenge the notion that the Afghan war is the "good war" and begin to call it for what it is: aggression.

Finally we as citizens of the United States should begin to look in the mirror and ask ourselves some moral questions and do the following thought experiment. We should critically evaluate the reasons and the morality of invading Afghanistan. We should ask ourselves how we would react if Haiti were to attack the US because of our refusal to hand over Emmanuel Constant, whom we enthusiastically supported. How would we react if Salvadorians were to bombard the US because of our support of death squads in El Salvador which led to the worst massacre in Latin American history: The El Mozote Massacre. How would we react? If it would be wrong for these two countries to seek revenge in this fashion then it was clearly wrong and criminal for the US to invade Afghanistan to allegedly capture people who we suspect of carrying out a crime.

Bertrand Russell, the philosopher/mathematician who was thrown in jail for his opposition to WWI, said that "war does not determine who is right—only who is left." We as American citizens must bring this criminal war to a halt. Just as Andrei Sakharov opposed the Soviet-Afghan war because of his stance on it being immoral, then we surely must also take the same stand and demand an end to this war.


-Salman Mogaddedi





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