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Not Again | Voices for Creative Nonviolence

by Dr. Hakim

Jacob George with Ali and Abdulhai: Kabul, 2011. Three years later, on Sept. 19, 2014, Jacob George committed suicide.

Jacob George with Ali and Abdulhai: Kabul, 2011. Three years later, on Sept. 19, 2014, Jacob George committed suicide.

President Obama has authorized “a more expansive mission for the military in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned.”

Imagine that, like the late U.S. war veteran Jacob George, you’re sent on this “more expansive mission.” Your military helicopter is landing on farmland amidst mud-house villages, like a futuristic war machine inserted into an agricultural community in the Middle Ages.

There are no women to be seen.

They are in their kitchens or rooms, pleading for you, as well as the Taliban, not to come.

“The things that I participated in over there surely brought the farmers terror when we landed in their fields, crashing their crop. I remember running off a helicopter and looking into a man’s eyes, and terror was what was looking back at me. It was as if a “devil” had just stumbled into his life. Actually, most of us are poor farmers killing poor farmers while people in our nations starve,” Jacob had shared.

Like most people, my Afghan and American friends also wish for the Afghan conflict to be resolved, but not in this way:

Not through a “more expansive mission” to kill.

via Not Again | Voices for Creative Nonviolence.

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