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Dear Mr. President: Words of Resistance, Reason, and Peace

"You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake." -Jeanette Rankin

Background and history on U.S. involvement in Afghanistan
The U.S. does shady, underhanded business
Countering the war rhetoric:

On patriotism


Background and History on U.S. Involvement in Afghanistan:

The War In Afghanistan: 47 Questions and Answers -  by Michael Albert and Stephen R. Shalom
Why Do They Hate Us? - by Stephen R. Shalom  Excellent chronological list of some effects of US policy in the Middle East which have made the United States so unpopular.
Unleasing Hell - by Ramzi Kysia
The Pot Calling the Kettle Black: USA and International Terrorism - by Philip Agee. (This is a lengthy article, but worth the read. Agee is a former CIA officer.)


The US Does Shady, Underhanded Business

Pentagon Buys Up All Satellite Pictures After Reports of Civilian Casualties - by Duncan Campbell
An America Above the Law - by Jonathan Power
This War Is Illegal - by Michael Mandel


Countering War Rhetoric Myths

ARTICLES ON WAR MYTHS IN GENERAL

A War of Lies - by Rahul Mahajan and Robert Jensen
The War on Terrorism: Myths and Realities - by Steven Alan Carr

MYTH #1: IF YOU OPPOSE MILITARY ACTION, THEN YOU SUPPORT TERRORISM.

Reality: 'With Us or Against Us' is a False Dichotomy - by William Raspberry
Reality: Gagging the Skeptics - by George Monbiot

MYTH #2: THIS WAR IS FOR JUSTICE.

Reality: No Glory in Unjust War on the Weak - by Barbara Kingsolver

MYTH #3: BOMBING WILL SOLVE PROBLEMS OF TERRORISM; IT'S SELF-DEFENSE.

Reality: We Are All Victims Nowby Gary Younge
Reality: Week One: Operation Infinite Disaster - by Chris Kromm
Reality: Afghanistan: We Didn't Have To Do This - by Stephanie Salter
Reality: Aerial Bombardment: The Dumbest Weapon of War - by Simon Jenkins

MYTH #4: THERE ARE NO ALTERNATIVES TO WAR.

Reality: An Alternative to War - by Tariq Ali
Reality: Tough Talk Won't Solve Terrorism Problems - by Rahul Mahajan and Robert Jensen

MYTH #5: EVERYBODY SUPPORTS THE WAR.

Reality: An international Gallup poll (offsite) showed that 32 out of 35 countries (the US, Israel and India in opposition) favored a criminal justice response, rather than military action, in response to the terrorist attacks. 67%-88% in NATO/Western countries and 83%-94% in Latin America favored a non-military approach. Despite the mainstream American media's portrait of total American support for war, fully 30% of US respondents also supported a non-military approach.
Reality: This War Is Illegal - by Michael Mandel

MYTH #6: WE'RE KILLING THE 'BAD GUYS', NOT INNOCENTS.

Reality: Afghan Villagers Ask Why The US Unleashed Its Wrath On Them - AFP
Reality: US Bombs Red Cross - AFP

MYTH #7: WE'RE HUMANITARIANS. WE'RE HELPING AFGHANISTAN.

Reality: Killing Them Softly - Starvation and Dollar Bills for Afghan Kids - by Norman Solomon


On Patriotism:

Why I Will Not Rally Around the President - by Robert Jensen
A True Patriot Can Raise Hard Questions - by Robert Scheer
Peace & Patriotism: Why the old formulas may not work this time - by Vicki Haddock


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