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Twin Cities anti-war activists respond to Trump Afghanistan speech

“The war in Afghanistan is Trump’s war”
By staff |
August 22, 2017
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Minneapolis, MN - A group of Twin Cities anti-war and peace activists gathered to listen to the Monday, August 21 speech on Afghanistan given by President Trump. In the speech Trump outlined what amounts to a continuation of the war.

A statement by Minnesota Peace Action Coalition (MPAC) said, “The war in Afghanistan is Trump’s war. He has continued the war and now threatens to escalate it.”

The MPAC statement went on to say, “U.S. troops in Afghanistan are an occupying force, the Afghan people will not tolerate a foreign occupation army. As long as the U.S. interferes in affairs of the people of Afghanistan, there will be resistance.”

“The U.S. war in Afghanistan has gone on for almost 16 years. In just a couple of years we will have the spectacle that some of the U.S. soldiers fighting in Afghanistan will have been born after the war started. The people of the U.S. are opposed to the endless series of wars and interventions around the world.”

Stephanie Taylor, a member of the Anti-War Committee said, “This endless war has caused hundreds of thousands of deaths and refugees. It has cost taxpayers over $1 trillion. What Donald Trump indicated tonight makes it clear that this war and occupation by the U.S. will continue.”

Taylor went on to say, “The focus of U.S. aggression is on the Muslim peoples of the Middle East – and this has become worse with Donald Trump as commander in chief. The litany of countries across the Middle East and in North Africa that the U.S. is attacking is sickening: Afghanistan, Somalia, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Palestine, Yemen are all in the cross-hairs of the U.S.”

The MPAC coalition has called for a protest on Saturday, October 7 under the call of “Stop Endless U.S. Wars,” which will mark 16 years since the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan.