What lessons should the United States learn from its debacle in Afghanistan?
Cole Harrison suggested 7 points in an August 18 article.
In the second of two sessions, we present three speakers who will give their response to these themes and their suggested lessons.
Kathy Kelly was longtime coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a campaign to end military and economic violence. She has visited Afghanistan 15 times since 2010. Kathy's motto is that where you stand determines what you see.
Drawing from experiences living alongside Afghans in the Afghan Peace Volunteer community and from recent studies regarding U.S. complicity with human rights violations and war in Yemen, Kathy will assert that one way to stop a “next” war is to continue telling the truth about the Afghanistan war.
Phyllis Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, focusing on Middle East, U.S. wars and UN issues. She is also a fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. She works with many anti-war and Palestinian rights organizations, writing and speaking widely across the U.S. and around the world. She has served as an informal adviser to several top UN officials on Middle East issues and was twice short-listed to become the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
Phyllis has written and edited eleven books, including Ending the Us War in Afghanistan: A Primer (2010, with David Wildman) and Before & After: US Foreign Policy and the War on Terror (2002). She spoke about the Afghanistan war on Democracy Now! on August 11.
Chris Velazquez is the Digital Organizer for Veterans For Peace and the lead organizer for the Gamers For Peace initiative. Chris was a civil affairs operator in the United States Marine Corps from 2004 to 2010 with combat deployments to Fallujah, Iraq and Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Chris is a life-long gamer, who is committed to using digital gaming and hobby s