|Active-duty Marines in March Forward! lead anti-war march in Los Angeles.|
For 11 years, the lives of U.S. troops and Afghan civilians have been thrown away in Wall Street’s quest to dominate the resource-rich region. Tens of thousands of Afghans and 2,000 U.S. troops are dead to advance corporate interests, under the guise of “self-defense.” Countless more will die if Washington is left to its own devices.
It is no longer any secret that the Afghan people refuse to live under occupation. The recent explosion of “insider attacks” show how deep the opposition to the U.S./NATO occupation runs. Recent dramatic attacks, like the devastating assault that breached the walls Camp Bastion (one of the largest, most fortified bases in Afghanistan), show how much the U.S. “surge” failed in its attempt to weaken resistance forces. The resistance has only grown stronger and more popular the longer foreign armies have remained occupying and killing.
Despite glaring admissions from the generals and politicians that their strategy for any type of “withdrawal” is a complete failure, they continue to throw bodies into the bloodbath because they don’t know what else to do. U.S. troops are being sent to kill and die in a war the politicians know is lost.
The Afghanistan war is just another front in the U.S. Empire’s attempt to control the entire region. The immoral war in Afghanistan is inextricably linked to U.S. aggression towards Iran, the new U.S. war in Libya, threats against Syria, the funding of the illegal and expanding occupation of Palestine, and the drone war carried out against impoverished people in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and beyond.
Maintaining this global empire comes from the pockets of students and working people in the United States. $2 billion a week is spent on the Afghanistan war alone. To pay the bill, this government guts our schools, communities, social services and health care. Young people are increasingly being pushed into military service as the only escape from poverty—and military recruiters are more than happy to entice poor and oppressed youth with false promises of a future, if they only risk life and limb in Afghanistan.
As the Pentagon’s military strategy is in severe crisis in Afghanistan, now is the time when mass action here in the United States can succeed in ending the war. If the war makers feel they can manage this level of death and destruction without much domestic backlash, lives will continue to be thrown away.
This is why March Forward! will join scores of progressive organizations around the country to mark the 11th anniversary of the war with a day of nationwide protest. In Los Angeles, March Forward! members will join with military families and students to shut down a major Army recruitment center. We urge all our members and supporters to be in the streets to mark the anniversary of the Afghanistan war.
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