A recent poll from Pew Research Center taken by veterans say wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria are “not worth fighting”. Here are the results:
- Not Worth Fighting: 64 percent
- Worth Fighting: 33 percent
- Now Worth Fighting: 58 percent
- Worth Fighting: 38 percent
- Not Worth Fighting: 55 percent
- Worth Fighting: 42 percent
The first point I’d like to make is that regardless of whatever poll is taken, it doesn’t make these war less or more moral, legal, or just. These wars will always be immoral, illegal, and unjust. By every measure possible, these wars are wrong for the majority of people involved. These wars, on the other hand, are beneficial for corporations, weapons manufacturers, and politicians.
This poll does show a shift in the minds of the American public. Afghanistan has always been looked at as the “good” war while Iraq has been widely criticized. With this recent poll, both veterans and the public are showing disapproval of US involvement and it is simply time to withdraw all US Armed Forces from these countries.
Will Griffin was recently interviewed on RT about this poll. He is a veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and is now an antiwar activist.
Here is a good article on the poll from New Republic: