At some point soon in the days and weeks ahead, Barack Obama will announce his plans for escalating and extending the U.S. war in Afghanistan. As Debra Sweet wrote recently, “whether Obama announces a troop increase to Afghanistan, or chooses the covert operations & unmanned drone option to try to “win” in Afghanistan, we should be in the streets opposing any escalation.” Get this leaflet out in your cities and towns, schools and workplaces and everywhere you can think of, and make plans for manifesting opposition right after the announcement is made.
AN ESCALATION OF THE WAR in Afghanistan, no matter how many U.S. troops are sent or frequency with which drones are used to bomb the people, is not the change that many in this country sought when they voted for Obama. This escalation perpetuates and intensifies the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan that has been a horrifying, living nightmare for the Afghan people.
The U.S. invasion of Afghanistan eight years ago was an illegitimate war of aggression predicated on lies and waged as a war of terror by the Bush Regime. This invasion was and is a war crime. Just because the war now belongs to Obama doesn’t make it any less a war crime.
The war upon Afghanistan, like the war upon Iraq, is a war/occupation for U.S. Empire and nothing else. People who argue that the Taliban will take control if the U.S. leaves and Afghan women will be in a far worse position should know that since the invasion the situation has deteriorated and gets uglier everyday for women there.
The women and the people of Afghanistan have the right to self-determination. They should not be forced into choosing to live with a suffocating U.S. occupation or an Islamic fundamentalist theocracy. This is what U.S. military presence and involvement does—it forces the people there to make this horrible choice.
People of conscience in this country must take a bold and visible stand and say, “Stop the Escalation, Out of Afghanistan Now!” “The World Can’t Wait/Stop the Crimes of Your Government!”
Join us in resisting these U.S. wars/occupations and ongoing torture for Empire.