Annadane Dayton: We can’t afford war |

Annadane Dayton: We can’t afford war

Annadane Dayton

Friday, the House voted to reauthorize the National Defense Authorization Act. Nevertheless, I hope President Obama will act to withdraw our war presence in Afghanistan as in Iraq. Perhaps he needs public sentiment to support a wind-down of war.

I lack confidence in the Republican leadership who are arguing budget and who are apparently more than willing to vote for war and bombs but who have declared that they will end all foreign aid (because we cannot afford it).

In my opinion, we cannot afford war.

Today there is a report of NATO troops missing their target and killing 12 children and two women; news of this type is too common and I fear the resulting anger. War creates for us more enemies, more terrorists willing to die if only to inflict pain on this awful enemy. War ends education and reasonable thinking. Killing innocents, destroying crops and infrastructures does not help us with “winning hearts and minds.”

We need to stay involved in countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq in the way of economic development, not stealth bombers.

To quote other minds on the subject:

-Sec. Robert Gates: “Economic development is a lot cheaper than sending soldiers”

-Bill Gates: “Aid for the poorest not only saves millions of lives. It has an enormous impact on developing economies – which means it has an impact on our economy.”

My purpose in petitioning to end/reduce funding for war is to inform those who vote for war and not aid, and also to inform the general American public and the international community that this country has different voices. Many of those voices do not promote bombing as a foreign policy.

Seems redundant to be chanting “fund peace, not war,” but here we are again.

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