Tuesday, October 06, 2009

'Code Pink' rethinks its call for Afghanistan pullout

Interesting. I always wondered where these activists were during Saddam's reign of terror, torture, rape and murder.

'Code Pink' rethinks its call for Afghanistan pullout

'In Afghanistan, the US women's activist group finds that their Afghan counterparts want US troop presence – as well as more reconstruction.'

By Aunohita Mojumdar | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor
from the October 6, 2009 edition

'Code Pink, founded in 2002 to oppose the US invasion of Iraq, is one of the more high-profile women's antiwar groups being forced to rethink its position as Afghan women explain theirs: Without international troops, they say, armed groups could return with a vengeance – and that would leave women most vulnerable.

Though Afghans have their grievances against the international troops' presence, chief among them civilian casualties, many fear an abrupt departure would create a dangerous security vacuum to be filled by predatory and rapacious militias. Many women, primary victims of such groups in the past, are adamant that international troops stay until a sufficient number of local forces are trained and the rule of law established.'

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