Anniversaries are often a time to look back and reflect. It was ten years ago today that the United States brought “shock and awe” to Iraq under the false pretenses of Iraqi involvement in 9/11 and possession of weapons of mass destruction.
The United States has waged war in Afghanistan for more than a decade, at a cost of thousands of lives and hundreds of billions of dollars, with little progress toward peace. The Strategic Partnership Agreement that the U.S. and Afghanistan signed in May is unlikely to lead to positive outcomes.
This coming fiscal year, the United States is set to spend more than $640 billion dollars on the Pentagon and war, accounting for more than 60 percent of federal domestic spending. In excess of $85 billion of that will be spent on the war in Afghanistan alone.
On October 7, 2001, the United States officially began Operation Enduring Freedom and the war in Afghanistan. Ten years later, the U.S. finds itself struggling to conclude a decade of relentless war that has cost trillions of dollars and an untold number of lives.
The U.S. must adopt a policy which withdraws the military but doesn’t abandon Afghans. As of October 7th, the U.S. has been in Afghanistan for exactly ten years, a decade fraught with endless issues and ill-conceived policies.
If we stand together to practice equality and justice, we can enhance our understanding of American Muslims and theirs of us and raise American Muslim visibility in a positive way, which is of special importance to Muslim youth.
As the U.S. government prepares to expand its military action against Iraq into a preemptive war for regime change, we call on our policymakers and the world community to employ peaceful strategies to address the problems of terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and abusive regimes.
FCNL wrote this statement the day after the September 11 attacks. Now and always, we seek a world free of war and the threat of war. We hold the victims, the survivors, their families, and all those affected in the Light.