WPC Response to bin Laden's Death
In response to Osama bin Laden's death, Phyllis Bennis writes, "Regardless of bin Laden's death, as long as those deadly U.S. wars continue in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and beyond, justice has not been done." We at the Washington Peace Center know that violence cannot bring lasting justice and peace. Kai Wright's article acknowledges that equating killing bin Laden with justice is perverse:
"The President says we can do anything we want because we can kill. We could not stop poverty rates from spiraling upward to a record-setting 14.3 percent of Americans in 2009, but we can kill so we are exceptional. One in four black and Latino families live below the poverty line now, and as a result America's child poverty rate-one in five kids-is the second worst among rich nations, behind Mexico. But we can kill, so we are great."
Let us give meaning to bin Laden's death and honor the tragedy of September 11 by stopping the cycle of violence started on September 12. It is a decisive moment to end the War on Terror, bring our troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan, and invest in our local communities. Over the next few weeks, President Obama will be making his decision on troop deployments in Afghanistan. Call your Senators and Representative today at (202) 224-3121 and demand: Bring the Troops Home from Afghanistan!
Mark the death of one violent man by working for peace. Get involved through attending activist events from our calendar, volunteering or signing up to receive the Washington Peace Letter. We need your involvement to build the movement against wars, violence and oppression.