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Palo Alto Protest of Obama's Escalation of the Afghanistan War
Members of the Palo Alto community gathered in front of Democratic Representative Anna Eshoo's office on Emerson Street, Wednesday evening, to protest Obama's escalation of the Afghanistan war and to urge Congresswoman Eshoo to vote against any further funding of the war. The event was sponsered by the Penninsula Peace and Justice Center.
Representative Eshoo issued a statement to the protestors discussing American involvement in Afghanistan and how difficult a decision it was for Obama, having inherited the war from President Bush. However, Eshoo stated: "I have grave reservations about the course to which he has commited our nation and our troops." Eshoo concluded her statement with the following quote: "Afganistan is the graveyard of nations. A thousand years of history instructs us what happens to those who attempt to occupy this land. I have not heard anything that explains how the U.S. will succed in turning the weight of history on its head. For theae reasons and others, I do not support the surge in troops to Afghanistan." It has also been stated elsewhere that "Afghanistan is the Graveyard of Empire."