International Conference For a Self-Determined Afghanistan Bonn,Germany, December 4, 2011 Joseph Gerson*
I want to thank the conference organizers for the privilege of joining you. It has been ten years since 9-11, when believe it or not, Secretary of War Donald Rumsfeld told President Bush that invadingAfghanistanwould violate international law, and Bush the Lesser responded that he wanted to “kick some ass.”
While the U.S. marked Veterans Day, the AFSC’s delegation to this week’s Nobel Peace Laureates Summit observed Armistice Day, the holiday’s original designation, by meeting with Hiroshima’s Mayor, several fellow/sister laureates, and joining other peace advocates in Hiroshima, Japan.
Dr. Joseph Gerson has served the American Friends Service committee since 1976 and is currently AFSC Disarmament Coordinator and Director of Programs and Director of the Peace and Economic Security Program for the AFSC in New England. His program work focuses on challenging and overcoming U.S. global hegemony: its preparations for and threats to initiate nuclear war, and its military domination of the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.
Joseph Gerson addresses Indian Anti-War Assembly, Hyderbad, Dec. 18, 2004.
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