From Rethink Afghanistan in the USA:
Dear President Obama,
We urge you to reconsider this decision.
Expanding the war in Afghanistan will make Americans less safe, not more so.
Less than 100 members of Al Qaeda remain in Afghanistan. The Karzai government we once supported is controlled by warlords and is riddled with corruption. Pakistan’s stability will be gravely imperiled by an expansion of the war. Hundreds if not thousands of troops will be killed, along with countless civilians. Anti-American sentiment throughout the Muslim world will be inflamed by civilian bloodshed, facilitating recruitment by terrorist organizations.
The cost of sustaining a military force in Afghanistan is $1 million per soldier per year – that’s close to $100 billion dollars annually with the troop increase. With the economy in shambles, the deficits generated by these enormous costs will compromise your domestic legislative agenda both fiscally and politically.
Please reject General McChrystal’s troop requests and begin the process of exiting U.S. forces from Afghanistan.
Britain: Anti-war Lance Corporal Joe Glenton has been arrested and faces 10 years in jail for bravely honouring his moral responsibility to speak out against the illegal occupation of Afghanistan: here. And here.
Gordon Brown has faced another blow as a poll revealed that over half of British people do not believe that the military presence in Afghanistan is protecting Britain from terror: here.
Britain: The families of soldiers killed in Afghanistan condemned the Ministry of Defence last night for awarding its civil servants bonuses totalling £47m in the first seven months of this financial year: here.
The Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) is complaining publicly today over a Saturday raid on one of its offices in Qalat by NATO forces: here.
News from Quebec in Canada:
Hundreds of republicans clashed with riot police outside the Black Watch regiment’s Canadian headquarters in Montreal on Tuesday, delaying a visit by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.
Protesters outside the building, where the prince was due to present new regimental colours, waved Quebec’s fleur-de-lis flag and brandished “Get out of Afghanistan” placards while chanting: “Majesty go home.”
Massive Defense Spending Leads to Job Loss: here.
UNICEF: More than half of Afghan children suffer from malnutrition: here.