Afghanistan War: The Soviet Lesson Not Learned

Below is a message from Congressman Eric Massa, a strong ally on ending the war in Afghanistan:

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve, an occasion to gather with friends and family to celebrate the good things in life. This year however, Christmas Eve is a day of great irony and conflict as our nation prepares to escalate the war in Afghanistan.

This year, Christmas Eve falls on the 3,000th day that U.S. forces have been in Afghanistan, as well as the 30th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of the very same nation.

As a retired military officer as well as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I know that we cannot turn a blind eye to the lessons of the past. The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan was a disaster and they proved that you cannot win the hearts and minds of the Afghan people through troop surges, and continued occupation. It is critical to note that while we do not view this as an occupation of Afghanistan, it is clear that the people of Afghanistan view our presence as just that.

If you have a few moments, I ask you to watch this extraordinary video, and then read my blog post on Huffington Post and In these blog posts, I explain further how you can help pressure Congress to end this war of occupation.

Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year – and please keep our service members and their families in your thoughts, and prayers now and always.

-Congressman Eric Massa

P.S. If you agree that we should be taking measures to add real security for our country and our allies, please forward this email to your friends and family.

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