“No amount of troops, training or money will result in a stable Afghanistan. It is time to bring the troops home now,” writes Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich in a statement released today.
“Yesterday’s shooting in Afghanistan which left at least 16 civilians dead is a tipping point,” continues Kucinich, “This shooting follows days of deadly rioting after it was revealed that U.S. troops had incinerated copies of the Koran. Despite more than a decade at war and nearly $600 billion of U.S. tax-payer dollars, it is obvious that the U.S. presence in Afghanistan has created instability in that country, not stability.”
Really, it was doomed from the get-go. Democracy cannot be installed by outside forces, lasting peace will never be found through violence, and the only thing a foreign military usually liberates is the people’s natural resources.
Let us learn from our mistakes and be sure not to repeat them. We have no room for war in our world, nor do we have the need.