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US-NATO war in Afghanistan as barbaric as Israel in Gaza

Afghan children August 12 2014

We cannot forget the other US-NATO wars in Afghanistan & Iraq which are every bit as barbaric as Israel in Gaza. But reporters in those countries are embedded up the butt of US militarism so by the time we get the news it’s all been sanitized & made humanitarian. US justifications for these wars have been as shifting & inventive as those Israel uses in Gaza. Despite the lies & the sanitized reports, a majority of people in the US oppose those wars; if they were aware of the barbarism employed, they might actively do so. Because if there is one thing for certain, massive public opposition to war scares the hell out of the warmakers, no matter how hard they feign otherwise. Hundreds of people in the streets look too much like revolution.

US-NATO drone sorties have increased over Afghanistan to now hundreds a day while Obama blithers deceits about winding down the war. Many, especially Zionists, have pounced on the hundreds of thousands of Palestinian supporters & berated us for not standing against Assad in Syria, which they claim is a far more important struggle. It is an important struggle rendered hopelessly confusing not just by media war mongering but by the mangled analyses of competing leftist groups. What’s telling is that the sanctimonious never mention Afghanistan or Iraq. The only reason Zionists taunt Syria is not to defend the revolution against Assad’s tyranny but to take attention & support away from Gaza. It’s a switch & bait trick & not a very impressive one, but then Zionism draws on the cesspool of 19th century racism & colonialism for its inspiration.

The antiwar movement against war in Afghanistan & Iraq (& for that matter, Pakistan, Uganda, Somalia, Yemen) has been weak for a long time–at least since the Gulf War. But the antiwar movement made up of students, church groups, veteran groups, & activists of all kinds can’t conceive of putting Palestinian solidarity at odds with the struggle against war elsewhere. In fact, in the US & elsewhere, the most active builders of Palestinian solidarity have been antiwar activists. Because the children of Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, & everywhere else are bound together by a common humanity & by a profound nexus of economic, social, & political relationships. That’s what solidarity is all about–not pitting those being bombed in one country against those being bombed in another.

One thing is certain, the US Pentagon has every reason to be concerned about the massive opposition to Israeli ethnic cleansing & support for Palestinians. Not only does it unsettle their neoliberal plans for Israel as a police fortress in the Middle East, but it means their other wars in the region will come under closer scrutiny & face greater public opposition.

These children are Afghan refugees in Islamabad, Pakistan listening to their teacher at an Islamic school. Given their age & the duration of US occupation in Afghanistan, they may very well have been born in Pakistan.

US out of Afghanistan! US out of Iraq! End all military aid to Israel!

(Photo by Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

US plans on sitting tight in Afghanistan for a long time: the plunder has only just begun

Afghan refugee in Pakistan May 27 2014

You heard the skepticism here when Obama threatened to pull all US-NATO troops out of Afghanistan if Karzai didn’t sign the bilaterial agreement with the US by the end of last year. Bilateral means affecting both sides but doesn’t indicate parity or clarify if the affects will be adverse or beneficial to both. The provisions the US demanded meant continuing US domination in Afghanistan & preempted Afghan national sovereignty. It’s not clear why Karzai, the protégé of US colonialism, showed resistance rather than his usual compliance but his objections to the proposed agreement were absolutely valid–including demanding Afghan jurisdiction over US soliders committing war crimes in Afghanistan. The US wanted to be able to spirit offenders out of the country & try them in US military courts where they could give them the punitive equivalent of the naughty finger.

December 2013 came & went & no threatened troop withdrawal materialized when Karzai wouldn’t comply. Now the US claims the Afghan presidential elections winding up June 14th promise to deliver a new president they can work with. That’s probably because they’ve larded all the candidates with bribery money or threats. They’re lauding these elections as the first time in Afghan history that there’s been a democratic transition of power. How the hell do you have a democratic transition of power with thousands of foreign marines occuping your country & US-NATO drones bombing everything in sight? And, it might be added, with the CIA & other nefarious forces trucking in millions of under the table bonuses?

Why does the US insist on this agreement when they flaunt every international law already on the books? Only to render some kind of legal framework, even a flimsy one, to their continued occupation of Afghanistan.The millions of Afghanis living in exile will have to wait a few more years since today Obama announced to no one’s surprise that US-NATO forces would be staying on until 2016 rather than leaving in December 2014 as previously promised. It’s become tiresome to hear people blaming Bush for all Obama’s war crimes. Obama’s been in office six years & at least six more wars & troop deployments. It’s time he was held fully accountable for his crimes against the people of Afghanistan.

US out of Afghanistan! US out of Iraq! We demand the immediate withdrawal of all US-NATO forces & materiel. Bring the troops home now!

(Photo of Afghan refugee in Pakistan by Muhammed Muheisen)