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Palo Alto Protest of Obama's Escalation of the Afghanistan War
by Charles Slay (slaycslay [at]
Thursday Dec 3rd, 2009 9:42 PM
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."
by Charles Slay Thursday Dec 3rd, 2009 9:42 PM
by Charles Slay Thursday Dec 3rd, 2009 9:42 PM

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by DLi
Saturday Dec 5th, 2009 11:53 AM
STOP funding Wars Abroad, START funding Peace at Home!
by .
Saturday Dec 5th, 2009 3:02 PM
theyve been saying that for years,but theres always one more war ,they say ,just one more then it will be a ok 23 skidoo,50 years later,its is ''one more war ,then we will be a ok''. meanwhile youre getting older broke and poisoned by environment,but they say ''just one more war then...''' get the picture?
by Mike Perry
Friday Dec 18th, 2009 4:07 AM

The essential change is in America, where politicians are ready to ask armed forces to risk their life to counter terrorism. This will make a fundamental difference. As far as the world itself is concerned I think there has been a rebalancing on the issue of terrorism, which is important. People who have hitherto thought it is not a problem have begun to face up to the realities, and those who just thought you could deal with terrorism by counter force are also starting to realise you defeat terrorism by dialogue as well as by intelligence and military action. We will have to address pretty much all the trouble spots in the world.

I think there has probably been a permanent change in America. America's always been able to feel safe within its own boundaries and judging from my American friends - my daughter's in New York, and we lost a close friend at the World Trade Centre - you just feel the vulnerability is being exposed. With that may come some changes in attitude: they may be more ready to be involved, more ready to listen. Americans are more aware that outsiders have a distorted view of their democracy and they'll make more effort to explain their position. You can genuinely use the word God-fearing about America, and I think the element that's often been unattractive in its own religious fundamentalism will now think more globally and more sensitiviely.

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