A Decade of War: Religious Leaders Speak Out

In June of this year thirty-eight religious leaders sent a letter to President Obama calling for an end to U.S. military operations in Afghanistan. The letter also calls for untying development aid from the military counterinsurgency strategy. The letter states that “militarized aid has worked to undermine long term sustainability while proving ineffective in addressing immediate poverty concerns.” And the letter further states that “the past ten years have shown that we cannot broker peace in Afghanistan by military force; it is time to transition toward a plan that builds up civil society and provides economic alternatives for Afghans.”

A decade of war in Afghanistan has proven ineffective in fostering sustainable livelihoods or peace for the Afghan people. While, U.S. leaders claimed that U.S. military action in Afghanistan will help bring peace in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, it has in fact failed to accomplish peace or any steps toward a peaceful resolution of conflict.

Read the faith leaders letter to President Obama and contact your members of Congress and encourage them to actively work for holistic peace and development in Afghanistan.

Read Not by Sword or Spear: The U.S. Role in Afghanistan, Spring 2011 issue of the Washington Memo.

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