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June Brides in Afghanistan

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Published on Jun 22, 2012

"June is one of the most beautiful months of the year and it's a particularly beautiful month for brides and grooms who celebrate through marriage. The June bride is part of the tradition in our country and around the world. There is nothing more joyous than when two people come together in love.

"In Afghanistan, there are weddings across the country. But there is something that happens in Afghanistan that doesn't happen anywhere else at a wedding. U.S. drones cover the skies of Afghanistan, drones that are armed with missiles. Occasionally they will fire missiles into wedding parties, killing the bride, the groom and those attending the wedding.

"I want you to think about this. I want you to think about what it would be like to be at a wedding and suddenly everybody there is gone -- just vanishes. This happens in Afghanistan and it has happened. At times it was claimed there was a mistake.

"We have an international policy with the use of these drones that is totally out of control, killing countless innocent people, some of whom are at the point of the greatest celebration of their lives.

"America has a moral challenge here. And each one of us has to be aware of how this drone technology is not only being ill applied, but its turning into a monstrous weapon, killing innocent people in Afghanistan and in other places.

"June, a lovely month. Drones, an ugly weapon. Its time for us to celebrate the real beauty of life. Stop the war machine. Stop the drones. And stop killing innocent people."

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