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'Endless war' is not the answer in Afghanistan

I agree with the general thrust of your editorial on the war in Afghanistan ("The endless war," Oct. 15).

I and others in Baltimore protested the Bush administration's invasion of Afghanistan, calling instead for diplomacy. Of course our pleas were ignored, and thus that quagmire continues to take away human and financial resources desperately needed here in Baltimore.

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One point missed in the editorial is the origin of the Taliban. It was formed by Pakistan's intelligence service, and the people of Afghanistan, especially women, have suffered tremendously as a result. Why does our government consider Pakistan an ally and provide it with financial aid? Money should have gone to the Pakistani people, but not their government.

While the editorial accurately outlined the horrors of life under ISIS, a reincarnation of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, another editorial should be written on why Turkey, another U.S. ally, allowed ISIS fighters to transit through its territory? And why does the Turkish government continue its brutal attacks on the Kurds, the most formidable force fighting ISIS?

The endless war is a reality because our government ignored the peace activists who chanted Justice not War in 2001. Imagine if Osama bin Laden had been given a fair trial, as was Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann, instead of being assassinated.

Perpetual war is not the answer. Let us look for nonviolent solutions while working as much as possible with the United Nations. Instead of reading another variant of "the endless war" next year I hope to be reading about our "endless diplomacy."

Max Obuszewski, Baltimore

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