Life at war.

I was born in 1996. At the age of five, the United States entered the Civil War in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks and has been at war ever since.

I have never known a life without war.

It’s an interesting concept because the generation above mine talks fondly about pre-war life such as less restrictions, no Homeland Security, no Transportation Security Administration or TSA and just an easier way of life in general. Not that life in America at the time was perfect by any means.

How can one grasp the fact that all they have ever known has been influenced by a huge war? Or the fact that we are still at war in so many Middle Eastern after so many promises that we would pull our troops out. How can our country justify so many lives lost for a war that does not even threaten our national security, rather threaten’s the countries imperialistic desires.

This month, both Aljazeera and The Guardian, among others have released articles stating that the United States “may be guilty of war crimes in Afghanistan.” Oh really? I never would have guessed.

According to the International Criminal Court, in total the US armed forces and the CIA have more than likely detained and tortured more than 80 hostages.

“Members of US armed forces appear to have subjected at least 61 detained persons to torture, cruel treatment, outrages upon personal dignity on the territory of Afghanistan between 1 May 2003 and 31 December 2014,” according to the report issued by ICC.

 Additionally,The report adds that the CIA may have obtained and tortured around27 hostages in Afghanistan, Poland, Romania and Lithuania between December 2002 and March 2008.
However, perhaps the worst part of this finding is the reaction of the U.S. The spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department, Elizabeth Trudeau issued a statement saying that the investigation was neither “warranted or appropriate.”
This is ironic because the United States government takes it upon themselves to censor and surveil anything and everything that they can get away with but when they’re the culprit of an investigation, it is all of a sudden awful to investigate.
I do not like this life at war, I do not like that over 100,000 people have died in the Afghanistan Civil War, I do not like the current climate of the United States. We need to change it.
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