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Letters to the editor:Re-evaluate position

By Rebecca Gray


I feel that the death of Osama bin Laden gives the United States a chance to negotiate peace in Afghanistan.

In the next few weeks Congress has an opportunity to conduct a serious re-examination of the U.S. war in Afghanistan. The United States needs to abandon the current war strategy and adopt a new strategy

focused on:

*Beginning significant withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

*Halting offensive operations against the Taliban.

*Engage Afghan parties and Afghanistan's neighbors in negotiating peace, and

*Channeling U.S. development aid for reconstruction through Afghan, multilateral, and other civilian humanitarian organizations.

Congress should return to the recommendations of the 9/11 commission and the Iraq study group. These and other bi-partisan experts agree that greater diplomacy, development, and international co-operation are the tools most likely to address the threat of extremist terrorism.

Also, Congress please co-sponsor Senator Barbara Boxer's bill, S 186, which mentions all of the things mentioned above.

People here in our area, you need to contact your congress-person and tell them that this war will get us nothing more than more wounded and dead service personnel.

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