U S Mayors – End wars in Afghanistan and Iraq

stop US warsOn Friday, 17th of June 2011, the congress was urged by a group of U.S. mayors to end the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and transmitted money spent to support those conflicts to domestic interests.

It was in a resolution presented at the opening of the Annual Conference of U.S. mayors in Baltimore; such call to bring a speedy end to the wars was raised.

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Santa Fe, New Mexico and Mayor David Coss, the leaders who signed the resolution while calling for the end of wars, stated clearly the high cost of supporting the wars, both financial and human in terms.

In the resolution, The United States conference of Mayors calls on the U.S congress to bring these wars to an end in order to meet vital human needs, promote job creation, to rebuild their infrastructure, aid municipal and state Governments and to develop a new economy based upon renewable sustainable energy. It was also stated that the U.S pays almost $126 billion a year in support of these wars that have resulted in the death of more than 6000 U.S. troops.

It was also stated by Elena Temple, a spokeswoman for the conference, that the resolution is the first since Vietnam to call for an end to war funding and spending the money at home instead. The vote by the full conference is expected to take place on Monday, 20th of June 2011.

The resolution was also supported by Elizabeth Kautz, the conference President, in addition to the nine signatories.

The conference concludes on Monday. The Notable attendees include House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Report by Sharika