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The world still can't wait, says activist against US Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq

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"If our friends say to us ' Well, I don't know. I thought torture was wrong under Bush, but now Dick Cheney is making an argument for maybe [sic] we need to torture, maybe it will keep us safer,' you tell your friends, 'hell no, torture for any reason is wrong; it's against the interests of humanity and we will not allow it to be carried out in our name.' " The crowd cheered and whistled.

" If your friends say ' Well, I would have objected if drones were dropped on Pakistan by George Bush, but I'm kind of in to it with Barack Obama, maybe he has a point; maybe we should make war on Yemen, Iran, and Somalia, and continue the occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan.' What are you going to tell your friends? ' Hell no. Get your butt out in the streets and protest.'

"And most especially, if your friends say ' I wouldn't have signed up with the US military with George Bush, but I don't know, I'm kind of in to fighting for Barack Obama.' What are you going to tell them ? 'Hell no. ' Bring the We-Are-Not-Your-Soldiers tour---Iraq vets and Afghan vets--into high school classrooms."

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