Letter: Resolution must build around peace
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
After the president’s speech on May 1, some might be under the impression that the war in Afghanistan is ending. On the contrary. The plan that President Obama announced just relies upon different military solutions, rather than peaceful alternatives for the Afghan people.
Under this plan Afghanistan will become a major non-NATO ally, subjecting the people of Afghanistan to yet another military alliance and continuing the last three decades of war and instability. The peace building necessary for a sovereign and stable Afghanistan cannot be carried out by the generals meeting later this month in Chicago for the NATO Summit.
Instead, we need to support a regional solution that doesn’t rely on force. Afghans don’t want more wars and bigger armies. They want a settlement that heals a nation, instead of arming it. And so do many Americans.