Out of Afghanistan, Now!

August 24, 2008

On August 22, U.S. coalition forces carried out an airstrike on the Afghan village of Azizabad in Herat province, killing at least 75 civilians, including many children.

For nearly seven years, U.S.-NATO occupation forces have continued to carry out offensive military operations throughout Afghanistan, killing untold thousands of people. In July alone, well over 100 civilians were killed in 5 separate U.S. air strikes.

In the last two years, not only has the number of Afghan civilian casualties reached new heights, but the U.S. has also carried out numerous military incursions into Pakistan.

The U.S. invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as a first-step in its “war against international terrorism.” In every way, the war is an aggressive, imperialist war. As in Iraq, the U.S. military has systematically targeted civilians, killing tens of thousands. Numerous atrocities, such as the saturation bombing of civilian population centers, massacres at wedding ceremonies, market-center bombings, etc., have been repeatedly carried out by the U.S. military.

The U.S. occupation aims not only at subjugating Afghanistan but is also an important part of the extension of U.S. imperialism’s network of military bases and alliances. Permanent military and air bases have been set up in neighboring central Asian countries. These military forces are a dagger in the midst of peoples of the entire region.

Both presidential candidates call for escalating the war. For instance, Democratic Party candidate, Barack Obama, says he will “send at least two additional combat brigades to Afghanistan, and use this commitment to seek greater contributions - with fewer restrictions - from NATO allies.”

For the American people, the necessity is to step up our struggle and demand the immediate withdrawal of all U.S. and foreign troops from Afghanistan, and the restoration of the sovereign right of the Afghan people to determine their own affairs.