The following statement is by the Freedom Road Socialist Organization:
Speaking at a news conference on May 5, Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said, “The main effort in our strategic focus from a military perspective must now shift to Afghanistan.”
With these words, Mullen has condemned the people of Afghanistan to suffer more misery, oppression, and poverty – as if eight long years of occupation were not enough.
What follows is sort of an annotated list of readings that should help anti-war and anti-intervention activists understand the U.S. war and occupation of Afghanistan from an anti-imperialist point of view. I may add to this as time goes on.
See also the Afghanistan page at Fight Back! News: http://www.fightbacknews.org/news/afghanistan
Posted in Afghanistan, Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Imperialism, Marxism-Leninism, NATO
Tagged Afghanistan, Barack Obama, Communist (Maoist) Party of Afghanistan, Fight Back!, FRSO, Imperialism, Kosta Harlan, Michael Parenti, NATO, People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan, resistance, Taliban, Tariq Ali
The following article by Kosta Harlan is from Fight Back! News:
2009 started off poorly for U.S. and NATO forces occupying Afghanistan. Shortly after the U.S. military invaded and occupied Afghanistan in October 2001, Fight Back! reported, “No one wants their country occupied by foreign powers. So, the people of Afghanistan will mount a resistance. Its scope and power remain to be seen, but it will certainly be a factor.” (Afghanistan Occupied, New Targets Ahead, Winter 2002, Fight Back!)
It is now safe to say that the resistance to the occupation has become the decisive factor in the Afghanistan war. A powerful resistance movement, with broad support from the people of Afghanistan, controls 72% of Afghanistan and carries out heavy or substantial activity in 93% of the country (The Struggle for Kabul: The Taliban Advance, International Council on Security and Development, December 2008). U.S. and NATO troops no longer control events in the country. It is resistance forces that decide when, where and how to engage in combat with the occupier.
The following is from A World To Win News Service:
Afghanistan: The occupiers’ new strategy – intensify the occupation
26 January 2009. A World to Win News Service. The occupiers of Afghanistan, led by the U.S., have announced that they will present their new strategy soon. While they may not reveal all the elements of their strategy, some aspects are apparent in what they are already doing.