Afghans devastated over the effects of war

Although the country is getting over gender discrimination as more females are being educated and women are being allowed to enter politics and the workforce, Afghanistan still faces security challenges. The United States, after accusing former Taliban rulers for sheltering Osama Bin Laden and other al-Qaeda leaders for the 9/11 attacks, invaded Afghanistan. In 2001, the invasion toppled Taliban from power but the country went into a civil war and since then, countless numbers of both the military and the civilians have been murdered.

Young Afghans particularly have suffered the effect of the war, growing up with a background of conflict, anger, and war, blaming both the Talibans and the government of the United States.

Mohammad Tahir Basharyar, who recently turned 18, lost his family and friend in the war laments on how the war has affected everyone. However, he admits that compared to the life they had lived under the Taliban, things were more bearable and generally better.

According to him, many people lived from hands to mouth during the Taliban, and women were not permitted to move beyond their homes. People lacked access to basic amenities and science and freedom of expression were porno limited. A connection was also denied to the outside world. Somehow, the invasion by the United States ended the brutality of the Taliban rule. Unlike in previous years, there was the chance again to speak freely and the women were allowed to exercise more rights.

The older group of people appeared to be even more disappointed. They reminisced on the days they were faced with economic hardship and religious coercion. There was hardly enough to eat all day but they were always forced to pray all five times every day. However, they expected the US invasion to lead the society to develop better, but they were disappointed. No vital changes were seen in the living of the citizens. The conditions of living had not significantly improved and the country was still suffering from endemic corruption. There was still no constant power supply and the rate of violence was increasing.

Many students are in fear of not completing their studies. Many Afghan youths cannot make plans for the future because they spend time and energy worrying about conflict and the safety of their families. Many students have lost the ability to concentrate on studies in the classrooms. Although the rights of humans are more recognised and people could fight for them, the deteriorating security in the State is a source of common concern to all the citizens.

Why we must end war

1. War is immoral

However murder seems legalised when committed on a large scale, it is still immoral. Murder is committed on a large scale during times of war. For many centuries, war has been the cause of a dramatic rise in the number of annual deaths, shifting exponentially to civilians, instead of combatants. There are even more injury counts and violence is more cause of death than diseases. When reports on war are heard, every point justifying wars sounds absurd.
War is a broad concept. For instance, even in the absence of physical combat, a person may lose the quiet in their homes to the constant sound produced by the buzz of drones. Homes are also constantly destroyed by the use of missiles.

2. War causes animosity and danger

The idea of planning for war itself leads to war, and war endangers us. There are tendencies of wanting to use weapons once they are within our reach. Every step taken by others become suspicious. A nation’s accumulation of weapons also signals a threat to the other and the other start making plans for weapons.
In arming, several factors must also be put in place such as the crude testing of the weapons on human beings, accidents caused in the process of manufacturing, trade with friends who later become enemies, and so on.

3. War endangers the environment

One of the main reasons for war is the desire to be in control of resources that affect the environment, such as oil and gas. Oil may be used in machines, causing pollution and affecting our environment, although it can also be burned off or leaked. For some, the use of oil is associated with the glory of war and sex video. However, whether or not war is fought for the control of oil, wars consume a lot of oil, affecting the state of our economy.
Wars also have damaged a large expanse of our environment and rendered millions of people, homeless. Many of the harmful weapons left behind in times of war are causes of land mines.

4. War eats into our liberties

Often, the average person is told that the reason for war is to enhance freedom, but in truth, war takes our liberties. The victims of war are usually the poor and helpless, who become prey. The nations engaged in war sometimes threaten some of their citizens into supporting the war. As a result of the war, there are illegal surveillance, torture, drones, unlawful imprisonments, and so on.

War is a big business

War is big business. It is the economic base of this planet. We spend hundreds of billions of dollars to create new weapons to defend ourselves against the old weapons we sell to others who are our friends today but may become our enemies tomorrow. It is amazing how often both sides of a conflict have the same weapons made by the same people. We don’t just traffic in weapons. We traffic in misery and human suffering.

In the name of peace, we have created weapons so deadly we dare not use them. Yet, it is inevitable that we will use them; it is only a matter of time.

In parts of the world the destruction and pain and suffering of war are common place. You go about your daily routine hoping you don’t get shot or blown up in an insane struggle for your daily survival. This is what our guns, bombs, and bullets have gotten us. Study well the picture below. It is the face of war.

Take a good look at what all our guns, tanks, planes, missiles, bombs, and bullets have bought us. It is time to find a better way. I call upon the good people of the world to unite. Join with me and together let us find a way to stop the madness before it is too late.

The dark blue areas are countries that have signed and ratified the (anti-personal) Mine Ban Treaty.

The slightly lighter blue area are countries that have only signed the treaty.

The grey areas are countries that have not signed the treaty banning the use of land mines.

The red dots are the countries that still make land mines.

Please note that most of the countries that have not signed the Mine Ban Treaty are the countries that still make mines.

Even after a war is over land mines and other unexploded ordnance continue to kill and maim innocent people many of which are children. It is another face of war.

Welcome to Peace Grey-Bruce

We are an educational and activist organization advocating the cessation of state terrorism so that innocent men, women and children worldwide do not suffer death, injury and personal devastation as a result of the covetous actions of imperialist nations.Peace Grey-Bruce will be working to strengthen the peace movement in Grey and Bruce counties by bringing together diverse groups in a dynamic network. Through this network we can then campaign on current issues such as the war in Iraq, Canadian involvement in missile defense, and pressure the government to promote peace and nonviolence in Canada and throughout the world.Be sure to check out our web site for issues, action, news, groups, resources and our various modes of communication.

What’s New 

The Canadian Action Party  Finally there is a political party that opposes Canada’s deep integration with the United States and its conversion into a war-fighting client of the United States permanent warfare state.

Website Images  A great big thank you goes out to Micah Ian Wright for granting us permission to use his very creative and powerful anti-war poster images on our website. They are generally a remix of the propaganda war posters created by the American government for the Second World War. Some have truth-revealing messages and others are good for a chuckle or two.

Cartoon Commentary 

Doonesbury debuted in about two dozen newspapers on October 26, 1970 as Doonesbury, the first strip from the Universal Press Syndicate. It became well known for its social and political (usually liberal) commentary, always timely, and peppered with wry and ironic humor. It is presently syndicated in approximately 1,400 newspapers worldwide.

The Greatest Threat To World Peace 

At the present time, the greatest threat to world peace is the current United States Bush II Administration with its addiction to militarization, its unbridled corporate lust for oil and its quest for global dominance. Here we have a unrestrained global military power which has a long history of murdering, pillaging and devastating weaker nations than itself to control its “Grand Area” (a US foreign policy objective) so that it may acquire and protect markets and resources (see our resources page for details).
The current case in point is Iraq, a small defenseless nation with the world’s second largest supply of undeveloped oil. It has been proven that the United States declarations about weapons of mass destruction, the war on terrorism and establishing democracy in Iraq are hypocritical lies spun to endorse the invasion of Iraq with the objective of securing Iraqi oil for America. Historically, the US established and supported Saddam Hussein’s brutal regime (especially in the war against Iran) until Saddam violated American rules with the invasion of Kuwait (aside: Kuwait was tapping into Iraqi oil supplies). Then Saddam had to be demonized and removed to protect markets and resources. Enter the weapons of mass destruction and Al-Qaeda hype. However, the United Nations couldn’t find any weapons of mass destruction, there was no Al-Qaeda connection and nobody mentions anything about the sophisticated nuclear weapons programs in Israel, India or Pakistan. Oh well not to be deterred, the US Bush II Administration then conspires with the Saudi’s to destroy the World Trade Center (see the movie Fahrenheit 9/11) and then hypocritically declares war against Iraq, a nation which has never threatened America but does have a lot of oil. With their military might and “preventative war” policy, the US unilaterally attacked Iraq in spite of opposition by the world community. The UN declared the invasion of Iraq an illegal and unjustified war.
The United States and its Coalition of the Willing (read: nations at the mercy of US foreign aid) are in Iraq for one reason only – they are there for the oil! That is why the American oil development corporations (such as Halliburton) moved in with the military and are secretly developing and exporting Iraqi oil.
With no other military power to restrain the United States global ambitions and with its demonstrated and blatant disregard for United Nations and Geneva Convention world standards of human decency, we will soon see the United States push the the world to the brink of catastrophe. Already the Soviet Union and China have commenced nuclear weapons programs to protect themselves from American hegemony (global dominance). Smaller nations who rightly and naturally oppose the occupation of their country by the US foreign invader will resort to guerilla warfare and terrorism as the only weapons available to them. The declared US War On Terrorism (read: we covet Middle East oil) with its invasion of the Middle East ironically will only increase world terrorism as the US inflames and unites the peoples of the Islamic nations. The European Union (with the exception of Great Britain) is extremely uneasy about American hegemony (global dominance) and will cease to be an American ally.
If this wasn’t enough, the United States wants to militarize space so that it may control all nations and create the New World Order (read: the United States of the World ). This action will no doubt lead to a biblical-like Armageddon.
To complicate things, the United States Bush II Administration will develop a more desperate and dangerous behaviour as it implements aggressive “right wing” social policies and “hegemonic” foreign policies. Plans currently in the works are massive military spending and cutbacks of social programs, the invasion of Iran and other Middle East countries, isolationism, suspension of civil liberties creating a police state, the draft, concentration camps, declining economy and living standards, social unrest and ultimately impending economic collapse. To carry out these policies the Bush II Administration is using a massive fear campaign to control the American people and divert their attention from their declining living standards. The parallels to the rise of Nazi Germany are all too striking and history once again is repeating itself. It’s time to wake up folks, we are living in a very volatile and dangerous world – much more so than any time in history.