—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—
JAMAICA, New York (December 1, 2009) – The Islamic Circle of North America expresses deep concern over President Obama’s decision to deploy additional troops to the heavily occupied region of Afghanistan.
In what will be the second escalation of troops since his inauguration in January, the president has decided to increase the number of U.S. soldiers by 30,000, totaling nearly 100,000 troops in Afghanistan since the beginning of the war.
America must remain dedicated to ending the war abroad, yet time and again it has been argued that the key to this war is not a militaristic solution but a political one. While we stand behind the president in his resolve to bring soldiers home from Iraq, we ask ourselves whether risking the lives of more troops will aid in resolving the Afghanistan conflict. As of yet, the increase in forces has not brought us any closer to the end of this war.
Committing 30,000 living, breathing humans to war is a daunting prospect, one that will affect the lives of 30,000 families—mothers, fathers, siblings and children alike. America must become the flag bearer for dialogue and debate in Afghanistan. Only by opening the floor for conversation, reasonably withholding force and empowering the Afghan people will we be able to bring a sense of stability to this war-torn region.
ICNA encourages President Obama to rethink the strategy in Afghanistan, approach the situation in a diplomatic manner and work towards its resolution through negotiation and discussion. We urge the president to remain committed to the exit strategy for the removal of our troops and support efforts to create a peaceful and more secure Afghanistan.