Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan • Rethink Afghanistan #4 • BRAVE NEW FILMS





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Published on Jun 16, 2009

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When foreign policy is well-reasoned, we see attention given to humanitarian issues like housing, jobs, health care and education. When that policy consists of applying a military solution to a political problem, however, we see death, destruction, and suffering. Director Robert Greenwald witnessed the latter during his recent trip to Afghanistan--the devastating consequences of U.S. airstrikes on thousands of innocent civilians.

The footage you are about to see is poignant, heart-wrenching, and often a direct result of U.S. foreign policy.

We must help the refugees whose lives have been shattered by U.S. foreign policy and military attacks. Support the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, an organization dedicated to helping women and children, human rights issues, and social justice. Then, become a Peacemaker. Receive up-to-the-minute information through our new mobile alert system whenever there are Afghan civilian casualties from this war, and take immediate action by calling Congress.

Main Points:
• American has told the Afghani people that we are there to liberate them from the Taliban, but then they see US bombs dropping on villages and killing their friends and family.
• Afghanis will say "they came in saying they would bring peace, but all they're doing is killing innocent civilians.
• Bombing of villages continue even after the Taliban flee the area; hitting fields and mosques where women and children are.
• At the time this film was made, over 235,000 civilians were in internally displacement camps due to the war.
• Living in the camps, farmers who took pride in supporting their families, are now dependent on international programs which provide little food.
• Villagers, after bearing the brunt of the war, that were initially supportive of the American campaign are now joining the Taliban.
• In 2006, there were 92 suicide attacks in Afghanistan, while in prior years, they were hardly any. 80 percent of these are directed at Western troops.

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