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April 26, 2012 at 4:00 PM

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War in Afghanistan

End with negotiations

This coming Wednesday marks the anniversary of the U.S. assassination of Osama bin Laden. Didn’t we start this war in order to get to him? Hasn’t al-Qaida been run out of Afghanistan? Why are we still there?

The answer: We’re pursuing a failed war strategy based on bringing “peace” through fighting and war. [“U.S. pledges financial, support role to Afghans through 2024,” page one, April 23.]

As the U.S. and Afghanistan negotiate the terms of their relationship for the next decade, let’s all urge Congress and the president to abandon this failed war strategy and focus instead on supporting political negotiations that include all parties to the conflict, including Pakistan and Iran.

Are Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell listening?

— Deacon Denny Duffell, Seattle

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