It's heartbreaking to see what happens in Afghanistan now. It doesn't help the people there now to argue who was right, but I do wish we'd start listening more to those that warned about this & less on those that always support war even though it rarely achieves peace & democracy
NGOs, humanitarian orgs & women activists often warn "don't start this war", "don't sell weapons to them", "the military wont solve this" but are ignored or dismissed as naive. But even after when they often are proved right, most continue to ignore or dismiss their voices.
It's infuriating that we systematically dismiss work such as supporting NGOs, building democratic institutions as "soft" when in reality it's military intervention, military spending & warfare that over and over fails and is a naive & irresponsible way to solve problems.
We can't change the past but we have to start learning from it. Imagine if we instead spent the last 20 years focusing on & funding women's organisations, human rights organisations, democracy building efforts in Afghanistan with the same amount of $ that was poured into the war?
I get so mad when I think about how politicians & media continuously ignore people who actually have solutions to problems because it's not seen as sexy to advocate for say long-term development projects as simply saying "more bombs", EVEN THOUGH WE ALL KNOW MORE BOMBS NEVER WORK

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It’s good that we’re discussing who can make the decision to use nuclear weapons. But it’s unfortunate that the conversation still mostly ends when you reach the part where the nuclear weapons are launched - because that’s when the reality of nuclear weapons actually kicks in.
Once a nuclear bomb is launched, it will make its way towards its target. It will likely be delivered by a missile or dropped from a plane.
The target will be a populated area. Nuclear armed states keep saying that they’d act in line with the laws of war but that’s bullshit. Nuclear weapons are built to wipe out cities, they’re meant to mass murder as many civilians as possible. That’s their reason to exist.
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