NoEscalation.org: Can the Peace Movement Reach President Obama? / Kann die Friedensbewegung Obama erreichen?
US-Friedensorganisationen mit einer gemeinsamen Website / Joint website www.noescalation.org: United Against Afghanistan Escalation
Der folgende Artikel, den wir der Internetzeitung "Common Dreams" entnommen haben, schildert die "einzigartige" Chance, Druck auf Präsident Obama auszuüben, um ihn vor falschen Schritten im Afghanistan-Krieg zurückzuhalten. Selten gab es hierfür eine so günstige Gelegenheit, schreibt Robert Naiman, politoischer Direktor der kritischen Stiftung (und Website) "Just Foreign Policy". Denn die politische Elite des Landes ist in der Afghanistan-Frage selbst zutiefst gespalten. Verschiedene Friedensorganisationen wie CodePink, Jobs for Afghans, Just Foreign Policy, Pax Christi USA, Peace Action, The Resource Center, United for Peace and Justice oder Voters for Peace haben sich zu diesem Zweck zusammengetan und betreiben im besten Sinne Lobby-Arbeit. Als wichtiges Etappenziel formulieren sie die Verhinderung der Forderung von General McChristal, die US-Truppen in Afghanistan um weitere 40.000 zu erhöhen. - Die Pointe am Schluss: Damit würde die US-Friedensbewegung dem norwegischen Nobelpreiskomitee einen großen Dienst erweisen.
Can the Peace Movement Reach President Obama?
By Robert Naiman *
If there were ever a time when the peace movement should
be able to have an impact on U.S. foreign policy, that
time should be now. If there were ever a time for
extraordinary effort to achieve such an impact, that
time is now.
The war in Afghanistan is in its ninth year.
McChrystal's proposal could continue it for another ten
years, at a likely cost of a trillion dollars, and many
more lives of U.S. soldiers and Afghan civilians. The
contradiction between domestic needs and endless war was
never more apparent. Congress fights over whether we can
"afford" to provide every American with quality health
care, but every health care reform proposal on the table
will likely cost less than McChrystal's endless war. A
recent CNN poll says 6 in 10 Americans oppose sending
Democratic leaders in Congress are deeply skeptical: as
far back as June, Rep. Murtha and Rep. Obey voted for
Rep. McGovern's amendment demanding an exit strategy,
and that was before the Afghan election fiasco, when
international forces failed at their key objective of
providing security, and before McChrystal demanded a 60%
increase in U.S. forces, on top of the 50% increase
approved earlier this year. Our troops are "exhausted,"
Top Administration officials share the skepticism. Vice-
President Biden, Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel, and
Afghan scholar Barnett Rubin, an advisor to Ambassador
Holbrooke, have all been arguing against a troop
increase: the political people on the grounds that the
American people and Congress won't support it; Biden on
the grounds that it would be a diversion from Pakistan;
Rubin on the grounds that it would be counterproductive
to reconciliation in Afghanistan.
Elite opinion is closely divided. This is a jump ball.
It could go either way. And a decision by Nobel Laureate
Obama to send 40,000 more U.S. troops is likely to
severely constrain U.S. policy, abroad and at home, for
Such a time calls for extraordinary efforts to mobilize
public opinion to move policy.
National peace advocacy organizations, including Peace
Action, Just Foreign Policy, Code Pink, United for Peace
and Justice, and Voters for Peace, are launching such an
extraordinary effort. At the joint website
noescalation.org, we're posting the phone numbers of
every Congressional office, and what is known so far
about where they stand on the proposal to send 40,000
more U.S. troops. We're asking Americans to call
Congressional offices and search the media for
information on where each Member of Congress stands. And
we're asking for that information to be reported back to
the website noescalation.org.
The more Members of Congress take a clear stand against
military escalation, the more likely President Obama is
to reject McChrystal's request. Some Members of Congress
are saying, "we're waiting to see what the President
decides." But that nonsense is an obvious dodge. The
time to affect the President's decision is obviously
before he makes it, not afterwards. Of course some
Members of Congress are going to avoid taking a position
if they can. Our job is to smoke them out.
Call now. The Norwegians are counting on you.
* Robert Naiman is Policy Director at Just Foreign Policy
Common Dreams, October 22, 2009; www.commondreams.org
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