The world is pressuring Russia now. Could world pressure on the U.S. 20 years ago have prevented our tragedies in Afghanistan and Iraq?

In February and March 2022 much of the world has united in pressuring Russia to stop its extremely cruel, illegal invasion of Ukraine.

What if — 20 years ago — the world had united in pressuring the U.S. to stop its extremely cruel, illegal invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq?

MILLIONS OF LIVES would have been saved.

TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS would have been saved (and perhaps used for important purposes such as ending poverty, providing health care for all Americans, protecting the environment and climate, and so forth).


After losing the war, the U.S. is still killing people in Afghanistan:

The US Owes Afghanistan Reparations, Not Starvation:

US Sanctions on Afghanistan are Complicit in Mass Hunger, even as Biden withholds $3.5 billion in Afghan Money:

US Sanctions On Afghanistan Could Be Deadlier Than 20 Years Of War:


The U.S. lost the war in Iraq too.  The U.S. destroyed Iraq and left it in squalor and oppression:

For decades I’ve subscribed to the very highly informative magazine The New Internationalist (  Each month’s issue features a 2-page feature on a different nation.  Pages 38-39 of the January-February 2022 issue focuses on Iraq.  It reports the horrible conditions there nowadays.  The magazine’s website does not yet allow people to read it online, but you will be able to read it within a few months.

American Colonialism Left Iraq in Environmental Crisis, Polluted, Corrupt and Crime-Ridden:





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Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He has worked through many existing organizations and started several. Over the years he has worked especially for such wide-ranging goals as making peace with Vietnam, eliminating nuclear weapons, converting from a military economy to a peacetime economy, abolishing the death penalty, promoting nonviolence at all levels throughout society, and helping people organize and strategize for grassroots movements to solve many kinds of problems. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. Since 1987 he has produced and hosted a one-hour cable TV interview program on many kinds of issues. Since 2017 he has blogged at He lives in Lacey near Olympia WA. You can reach him at (360) 491-9093