Posts Tagged ‘troops’

US Negotiating Terms of Afghan Surrender

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

10+ years, 20,000 human lives, and just under a half a trillion dollars and now the US Military brass are ready to accept the inevitable – they have to move on from Afghanistan.

Alongside the troop withdrawal will be a strategic agreement, to be discussed at an upcoming Traditional Grand Assembly, with any tribal elders and political figures willing to play America’s twisted game.

An early draft of the agreement would let the US establish permanent military bases across the country, with the option to set up more military bases whenever it deems necessary. The draft also requires Afghan airspace to be handed over to American forces after the strategic deal comes into effect.

Not much of a deal for the Afghans. But it was never about them, anyway. Al Qaeda and the Taliban are just unfortunate fall-guys in the US’s bid for global supremacy.

Too bad for the US, they’re still fighting a 20th century battle, leaving top spot in the new frontier – cyberspace – up for grabs.

This is where humankind comes in. The new superpower on earth need not be China or some other private entity. The top force to be reckoned with could very well be humankind itself.

While our common humanity can be lost in the fog of war, social media acts like a lifting wind, exposing just how united we really are.

When enough of us see armed conflict for what it really is – that we are only fighting ourselves – we’ll be strong enough to systematically dismantle the institutions responsible for perpetuating wars around the world.

When enough people get the Internet, the whole world could be just one Twitter trend, one Facebook group, one whatever the heck Google+ does, away from world peace.

US Leaving Afghanistan

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

(“Exit strategy? I dunno… maybe try rocking it.”)

President Obama is expected to deliver a highly anticipated speech on the troop drawdown, where plans to withdraw 30,000 troops from Afghanistan will be announced.

Great! Way to earn that Nobel Peace prize, Barack.

The US has also begun negotiating a peace agreement with the Taliban for the first time.

Amazing! All it took was a bankrupt economy and hundreds of thousands of deaths, and the diplomatic process has neared the point it could have been at 10 years ago.

This Peacewarrior Supports the Troops

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

(“No, Frank. You’re supposed to lean backwards when you limbo.”)

I’m a Peacewarrior.

The term may seem like an oxymoron, but its not.

The ‘warrior’ part is necessary to differentiate from pure pacifists, in that Peacewarriors are willing to fight to promote peace. Not necessarily on the battlefield, but rather, in the ideological and political fields. It’s about winning hearts and minds, and making the vision of world peace so clear that others see it’s entirely possible.

Peacewarriors take a stand against oppression and injustice, even if it means risking personal attack. Peacewarriors are willing to be intellectually bold, keeping an open mind but not folding under pressure. Peacewarriors hold on to the dream of a better world, even when it means going against the flow.

As a Peacewarrior, I am not anti-soldier. They have a just purpose, filling a need within society: the combatant, the warrior, the protector. These roles haven’t become obsolete yet.

What I take issue with is those who sit at the helm of the war machine; those in charge of sending our boys and girls to fight and die. These entities have been exploiting our primal instincts, like prejudice and fear, to reap huge profits for themselves at tremendous costs to humankind. It is these war-profiteers who face my peacemongering scorn.

So, whether you are part of the military or you just support them, know that I too support the troops. That’s a big reason why I want to these senseless wars to end… so we can bring the troops home.