Antiwar Group Raises Questions about Afghanistan War

United for Peace and Justice–while falling short of stating its opposition outright to military intervention in Afghanistan–has issued a series of questions for the antiwar movement to debate regarding the US occupation of Afghanistan. Currently, Democratic Party presidential candidate Barack Obama is advocating a further escalation of the war in Afghanistan.

Much of the antiwar movement–which often overlaps with what could be described as the “progressive” or “left” in the United States–has embraced the Democratic Party candidacy of Senator Barack Obama. While Obama’s position on Iraq is somewhat ambiguously worded and ultimately does not intend to end the occupation of Iraq, his policy on Afghanistan is more clear: he wants to add more troops to the country.

The antiwar movement–and much of the public–has largely ignored the ongoing occupation of Afghanistan. However, when it does receive attention, it is often portrayed as “the good war” where the United States’ invasion was “properly” and “humanely” waged to stop the spread of global terrorism. Of course, many authors have shattered the myth of “the good war” by pointing out the civilian casualties and the failures of the US to achieve its political goals.

Earlier this week, United for Peace and Justice–one of the largest antiwar groups–issued a series of questions that the antiwar movement began to think about as it formulates a collective position on the proposed escalation of the Iraq War. The questions range from the simple “what do the Afghan people want” to “how can the international community be involved” in the country. While it would be nice if the organization used its position at the forefront of the antiwar movement to take a stronger stand against US intervention in Afghanistan, at least it is raising the issue.

Author: mediamouse

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