Afghanistan: War is Still Hell

Ryan Rodrick Beiler; 25/2/10

As the U.S. death toll in Afghanistan nears 1,000, and as civilian casualties continue to mount during the latest offensive, it’s hard to know how to offer fresh commentary on the war in Afghanistan. And yet we can’t remain silent. Sojourners offered its alternative to escalating the conflict late last year, knowing that appeals against the logic of war often fall on deaf ears — even those of a “progressive” president, whose vice president now brags of better body counts than Bush. We raised our voice again when that same president called for increases in an already bloated defense budget, at a time of record deficits.