War is still not the answer [Letter]

September 15, 2014

On Sept. 11, 2001, I was one of the organizers at the American Friends Service Committee who set up a vigil that evening to say that war is not the answer. The following month prior to the Bush administration's invasion of Afghanistan, we organized protests. Then we tried to stop the worst foreign policy debacle in U.S. history — the invasion of Iraq. Yes, we failed to stop these invidious wars. But I never would have imagined that today U.S. warmongering continues in Afghanistan and Iraq.

It was with great sadness that I read "Obama pursues Islamic State" (Sept. 11). Yes, the international community must come together and act against any group or country involved in extreme violence. Of course, this includes ISIS but also the Obama administration, which uses a killer drone program to assassinate people, including U.S. citizens, in countries without any declaration of war. The U.S. Constitution is now but a piece of paper.

When will we ever learn? Violence begets violence. Of course, I will be joining others once again to shout from the heavens that war is not the answer.

Max Obuszewski, Baltimore

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