Stop the war on Afghanistain
Published Sep 4, 2009 7:45 PM
The hint is becoming loud and clear in the official media of the U.S. ruling
class: The Pentagon is on the verge of a massive escalation of the war in what
they now call the “Af/Pak theater.” An Aug. 31 attack on a NATO
arms convoy in Pakistan near the Afghan border that blew up 18 trucks served to
underscore the drama of this decision.
The Washington Post, New York Times and television talk shows report that Gen.
Stanley McChrystal, U.S. commander in Afghanistan, is about to report to the
Obama administration that without a substantial increase of U.S.
resources—including commitment of its youth in uniform—the
occupation will fail.
An Aug. 31 Washington Post article interviewed six “experts,” only
one of whom came out clearly for the U.S. getting out. His reasoning: He
believed even a big escalation would lead to a crushing setback, which would
not be good for U.S. stability.
For the world’s workers—including the entire U.S. working
class—and for Afghanistan’s people, there is no reason to consider
what’s good or bad for the long-term interests of U.S. imperialism.
That’s what the strategists paid by the U.S. ruling class focus on, and
anyone can read that in the Washington Post and elsewhere. The important issue
for everyone else is how a decision to escalate the war hurts workers here and
all the people of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
For South and Central Asia it means more death, more turmoil, more refugees,
more disruption. No good can come of that.
For U.S. workers, for the African-American community, for immigrants and all
oppressed peoples, and for all young people here, an escalation confronts them
with the unpalatable choices faced by the population during the U.S. war
against Vietnam. Do I die? Do I kill? And for what?
The Obama administration has identified the war in Afghanistan as vital to U.S.
interests. But it is vital only to the interest of U.S. imperialism to
militarily dominate Central Asia and not to the interest of any workers and
unemployed here, who are having a hard enough time these days just getting by.
Every poll shows the public more disenchanted and disapproving of the
Afghanistan adventure, with those who voted for Barack Obama most against the
There is no doubt that all progressive people here who fought against the Iraq
war must redouble their efforts to stop any escalation in the
“Af-Pak” region and get the Pentagon out of Asia.
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