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  1. Like Iraq, it is also illegal
  2. No military solution to terrorism
  3. Funds used for war are needed at home
  4. Civilian casualties are not acceptable
  5. War is not good for women in Afghanistan
  6. Support the troops: Bring them home now
  7. Torture and human rights abuses
  8. Climate change and resource wars
  9. War destabilizes Afghanistan and the region
  10. Respect Afghani self-determination; No to global military intervention

Afghanistan: Ten reasons to resist

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By Courage to Resist. August 5, 2009



 

 

 

 

..... While the military is not forthcoming with information about the number of troops refusing deployment to Afghanistan, statistics suggest military resistance overall is on the rise. Since 2002, the Army has court-martialed twice as many soldiers for desertion and other unauthorized absences per year than for each year between 1997 and 2001. AWOL rates in the Army are at their highest since 1980, with the desertion rate having jumped 80 percent since the start of the Iraq War, according to AP.......Several individuals have publicly refused deployment to Afghanistan......

[War Resistor Victor Agosto wrote:] "There is no way I will deploy to Afghanistan. The occupation is immoral and unjust. It does not make the American people any safer. It has the opposite effect." The words were scrawled on a military counseling statement, a routine piece of paperwork turned in to the commander of a Ft. Hood, Texas Army unit headed for Afghanistan. It was signed Victor Agosto, U.S.Army........Agosto is now awaiting an August courts martial for publicly refusing orders to deploy to Afghanistan. Having served in the Army since 2005, including a tour in Iraq, Agosto can no longer bear to serve and says that he is, "ready for the consequences, whatever they are."

.....Agosto admits he has been scared of what might happen to him at each step along the way, from writing his refusal on his counseling form to refusing an order on base. Yet, he is determined not to fight this war.

"Overwhelming support from the central Texas peace community has made things easier," says Agosto. "People at Under the Hood and in the greater peace community have been there for me every step of the way."

Agosto has also received support from fellow soldiers as well. "Some of the people in my unit will flash me peace signs when they walk by me," he says. "The other day when I was coming back from the shop, this soldier stopped me and said he wanted to shake my hand. He told me he looked up to me for not going to fight a war I don't believe in."

Help support Victor! Donate to his defense at couragetoresist.org/victor

From "Courage To Resist; Supporting the troops who refuse to fight!"   www.couragetoresist.org  facebook.com/couragetoresist     

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