Mar 29th, 2012 by Jan
I radions Studio Ett i februari förra året
avfärdade försvarsminister Sten Tolgfors
den afghanska ungdomsorganisationen
och internationella nätverket
Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers
som “ej representativa för det afghanska folket.”
I dag representerar Sten Tolgfors
inte längre det svenska försvarsdepartementet.
När Tolgfors nämner sina egna barn
ser jag dessa afghanska ungdomar framför mig
som jag haft den stora ynnesten att lära känna i snart 2 år.
Jag hör dem förklara hur förminskade de känner sig av
alla utländska uniformer.
Men som den krassa svenska devisen lyder:
Egna barn – andras ungar.
From Tel Aviv and Iran to Kabul to… YOU
Afghanistan Love and Peace Campaign:
On Saturday, about 1000 Israelis marched in Tel Aviv to tell their government, and the world, that a majority of Israeli citizens do not want military action against Iran. Signs read “No to War with Iran,” and “Talks, not Bombs.”
The protest followed, though was not endorsed by, an increasingly popular Facebook Love and Peace campaign initiated by an Israeli family, in which Israeli and Iranian citizens are saying to one another, “We love You.” And “We don’t want war.”
Recent polls suggest that some 58 per cent of Israeli citizens are against any military strike against Iran. Likewise, though the signing of the dissected U.S. Afghan Strategic Partnership Agreement threatens to perpetuate the U.S. led military strategy in Afghanistan, 60% of U.S. citizens in a recent Washington Post-ABC News Poll believe that the war is not worth its cost in life and expense and more recently, a CBS Poll showed that 69% of Americans said the U.S. should not be involved in Afghanistan.
However, unbeknownst to most U.S. citizens, the Strategic Partnership Agreement will cost U.S./Afghan soldiers and Afghan civilians more lives and at least 4.1 billion of U.S. taxpayer money annually, with or without the detested night raids or drone operations. Interestingly, 4 billion U.S. dollars is the same amount that is being stolen and carried out of Afghanistan through Kabul International Airport annually.
Afghan citizens are very tired of war. They want an end to this U.S. coalition/Afghan government/Taliban war. The war is increasing ‘terrorism’, not reducing ‘terrorism’. The war is inspiring ‘safe havens’ in multiple places everywhere, not removing ‘safe havens’. The war is about Money and Power, interests which are against the ordinary people of Afghanistan and the world.
With this in mind, and with hope for a conversation against war strategies, we, the Afghan Peace Volunteers have been inspired by the Israel/Iran citizens’ Love and Peace Campaign to begin a Facebook ‘Afghanistan Love and Peace Campaign.’
We have very few supporters so far, but we believe that the ‘everyday people’ of Afghanistan and the world are ready to say ‘no’ to the economic and geopolitical wars waged against the 99%.
“We Love You. No to War. No to military solutions.”
Why wait silently for further decades of the continued human method of war?
Ordinary citizens, including members of peace groups, have another opportunity to lay aside their differences of opinion for love of the people, like the Egyptians did from Facebook to Tahrir Square saying ‘No to military rule!”
Many ‘salaams’ from Afghanistan,
The Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers