Behind the election ploy in Afghanistan
Published Oct 25, 2009 11:17 PM
Hamid Karzai, who was first foisted on the people of Afghanistan as their
president in 2002 by the U.S.-NATO war and occupation, has now agreed after
heavy pressure from these same imperialist powers to a runoff election on Nov.
7. What’s going on here?
The war to subjugate Afghanistan and use it as a launching pad for
Anglo-U.S. domination of the whole region is in big trouble. Even though
they face more than 100,000 foreign troops equipped with the highest-tech
weapons of death available, the Afghan resistance has been growing.
Every air strike, whether it’s heavy bombing from planes that travel thousands of miles to blast the villages and mountainsides, or rockets launched against domiciles and vehicles from pilotless drones, has further
alienated the population and increased the number of young Afghans joining the
resistance. The Pentagon—especially Gen. Stanley McChrystal,
commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan—has said they need at least
40,000 more troops to “get the job done.” This is a hard sell in
Washington, since more and more people in the U.S.—some 52 percent,
according to a recent CNN poll—are now comparing this war to the 1962-75
war against Vietnam and increasingly want to see it end.
In addition to opinion polls, more people are starting to demonstrate
against the U.S. war in Afghanistan, seeing it not as a response to 9/11 but as
part of the “great game” for the control of Central Asia by the
energy- and resource-hungry transnational corporations behind imperialist wars.
Karzai was a CIA contact during U.S. imperialism’s first war
in Afghanistan, when Washington built an army out of the landlords’
resistance to the Afghan revolution of 1978. Some of those forces, recruited on
the basis of fighting against the Soviet Union’s intervention on the side
of the revolution, are now fighting the Western imperialists. But Karzai
remained allied with his U.S. paymasters. However, the rampant corruption
of his government, the low turnout in the August election and the popular
opposition to this Western puppet led to a big embarrassment for Karzai and his
sponsors in Washington. He was caught carrying out massive fraud in his run for
reelection. Since he already was losing favor with Washington for his
inability to rule the country, they and the NATO countries pushed for a
negation of the vote and a runoff election with his closest rival, Abdullah
Where does this leave the war and a possible escalation?
It is extremely likely that the spin of the powerful corporate media will
now be to assure the people here that the political obstacles to “getting
the job done” are being cleared away, that a new government in
Afghanistan will be cleaner, will do more for women and the poor, will inspire
confidence in the masses and will therefore undermine the armed
opposition—so all it will take is a few more troops to win the war and
secure the occupation. This is pure baloney.
In Vietnam, it should be remembered, the CIA actually arranged for the
of the Diem brothers—U.S. puppets—when they failed to be
effective against the National Liberation Front. A new general was installed
who was supposed to be more democratic. But the imperialists not only
remained—they escalated the war, which did not change its reactionary
character. The strategists for U.S. imperialism—from the CIA to the
Pentagon—were still trying to destroy the popular opposition in order to
carry out their own agenda, which was to clear the way for the domination and
exploitation of all Southeast Asia.
In the end, it was the courageous resistance of the Vietnamese people, who
were ready to fight for 100 years if necessary, that forced the withdrawal of
U.S. troops—whose rank and file were also refusing to fight in ever
McChrystal is touted as the world’s authority on counterinsurgency.
What he fails to recognize, however, is that any foreign occupation engineered
to serve the global interests of a super-rich exploiting class will eventually
bring about resistance.
No amount of “brilliant” sophistry from West Point can change
This is no time to stop marching. Only the people’s struggles can
bring the troops home from Afghanistan, Iraq and the rest of the oppressed
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