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“Euro gets above $1.40 amid currency war fears”

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“Euro gets above $1.40 amid currency war fears”
October 8, 2010

Today marks the ninth anniversary of the war in Afghanistan. On October 7, 2001, US bombers began air strikes and submarines launched cruise missiles from the Arabian Sea to start what’s become the longest ongoing war in American history.
The Pentagon called it “Operation Enduring Freedom.” The Western powers have to take on an even more determined foe: hunger.
The price of food has skyrocketed, and many poor Afghans can hardly afford to eat.
Many are out of work and have no money, and those who do have a little money are already spending up to 70 percent of it on food, so there is a lot of malnutrition and hunger.
Six million people, nearly a fifth of the country’s population, receive some sort of food aid, and the ranks of the hungry are growing all the time, to the point that officials are worried that people might rise up and loot the markets.
And the ones who are saying that this is an unwinnable war are absolutely right.
It’s a stalemated war. They can’t win it unless they destroy half the population of the country. So that is what people see.
And then, why are they surprised that people are so hostile to the United States in that part of the world?

Ted Rudow III, MA
Menlo Park, California, United States

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