Since the bombing of the Doctors Without Borders Hospital 2 weeks ago, there has been a lot of talk about the future of American military presence in Afghanistan. The group Veterans for Peace is drawing attention to the bombing and to the ongoing presence in Afghanistan that has recently been drawn out to 2017.
The Washington Times reports:
Members of the group Veterans for Peace will hold a two hour vigil Saturday afternoon in St. Louis, Mo. the group announced Friday. The organization — made up of men and women who have served in World War II, the Korean, Vietnam, Gulf, Iraq, and Afghanistan wars and other conflicts — argue that the U.S. invasion and occupation of Afghanistan that began 14 years ago has done more harm than good.
The conflict, “has not helped the Afghan people, but has cost U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars,” organizers wrote in a press release.
The vigil comes days after President Obama announced that he would keep nearly 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan through most of next year and 5,500 when he leaves office in 2017.
The announcement comes two weeks after a U.S. air strike hit a Doctors Without Borders hospital in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, killing 22, including hospital staff, patients and children.
“As a veteran, I stand in solidarity with Doctors Without Borders and the Afghan people” said Tom Abeln, Veterans For Peace St. Louis Chapter President in a statement.
“We call for an independent investigation of the recent hospital bombing and for an end to the war in Afghanistan.”
Multiple investigations of the bombing of the hospital are being conducted. From the official Pentagon investigation to one by the Afghan government, onlookers from around the globe are looking for answers. With innocent civilian lives taken only because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time, the US military needs to be held accountable if it were the cause.
As President Obama begins his exit of the White House, will a government cover-up of a military action gone wrong be his legacy? Let’s hope someone’s investigation leads to some clear answers.