Dy’er Sez: This is just another bit of proof that when there is a major movement in the country (anti-war, tea parties, end the fed), someone (or ones) with deep pockets and a biased political motivation always seems to co-opt the movement to meet their political agenda – which is often vastly different than the stated objectives that cause a great many people to sign on and volunteer their time and money to organizations which supposedly speak for them.
Story from the Christian Science Monitor:
‘Code Pink‘ rethinks its call for Afghanistan pullout
Code Pink, founded in 2002 to oppose the US invasion of Iraq, is one of the more high-profile women’s antiwar groups being forced to rethink its position as Afghan women explain theirs: Without international troops, they say, armed groups could return with a vengeance – and that would leave women most vulnerable.
Though Afghans have their grievances against the international troops’ presence, chief among them civilian casualties, many fear an abrupt departure would create a dangerous security vacuum to be filled by predatory and rapacious militias. Many women, primary victims of such groups in the past, are adamant that international troops stay until a sufficient number of local forces are trained and the rule of law established. (Read more about Afghan women’s concerns here.)
During their weeklong visit here, in which they met with government officials, politicians, ministers, women activists, and civil society groups, the small team of Code Pink members had hoped to gather evidence to bolster their call for US troop withdrawal within two years, and capitalize on growing anxiety back home about the war.
- Code Pink changes its hue (politico.com)