The Opposition to the U.S. Military Occupation of Afghanistan is Continuing and Gaining Strength
January 11, 2015
On January 1, U.S. troops began a brand new mission in Afghanistan called “Operation Resolute Support.”
Even while the new mission proposes to demote many U.S. troops deployed in Afghanistan to “non-combat” specialties, they will still be required to train a U.S.-installed police and military force famous for being infiltrated at the highest levels by organized opponents – including especially by members of the Taliban. A dramatic reduction in the quality and quantity of information released about the war is expected to take place even as U.S. troops escalate lethal operations in both the rear and front lines.
According to Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby, “Should members of the Taliban decide to threaten American troops or specifically target and threaten our Afghan partners in a tactical situation, we’re going to reserve the right to take action as needed.”
With the commencement of “Operation Resolute Support” the U.S. military will also lift an earlier ban on U.S. airstrikes and night raids.
The declared aim of keeping the U.S.-installed authority in power will remain the same as during the discarded mission called “Operation Enduring Freedom.”
Preventing the Afghan national liberation movement from re-gaining the political power is Obama’s only argument for continuing the war after the 2014 deadline for withdrawal.
But the demand of the American people for the withdrawal of all U.S. and NATO troops from Afghanistan is not dependent upon the success of the “nation-building” and colonial agenda of the U.S. monopoly capitalist class. It is precisely this aggressive agenda which is opposed by the peoples everywhere. Since day one of the so-called “war on terrorism” the American people have come out in the tens of millions to oppose the plans of our own ruling class to establish military bases in Afghanistan and to prop up a client regime loyal to the interests of U.S. imperialism.
Not only the war in Afghanistan, but also the war in Iraq and every other front of the aggressive war program of the U.S. has been opposed by the American people. So too, the American people have always rejected the chauvinism and “nation-building” agenda of the U.S. monopoly capitalist class which professes the “moral superiority” of “American values” and which enumerates the doctrine first delivered by president Bill Clinton, that wherever the U.S. “has the power” it should use it “within or beyond the borders” of any country.
The fact that the national liberation struggle of the Afghan people has made it impossible for more than 13 years for U.S. imperialism to achieve its “nation-building” objectives is an encouragement to democratic-minded people everywhere – to all who support the right of the Afghan and all other peoples to determine their affairs free from the yoke of colonial oppression; to all who uphold the principle that one country cannot be allowed to wage an aggressive war against another; to all who aspire to create a world of peace and friendship based on the recognition of the sovereign equality of every nation and people.
The failure of the U.S. to achieve its objectives in Afghanistan is the failure of U.S. imperialism to impose its will on a sovereign nation through force of arms. It is the failure of the U.S. to establish conditions for a permanent military presence in Afghanistan – the strategic crossroads between Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. It is the failure of imperialism to subjugate a people equipped with but a tiny fraction of the weaponry and manpower of the U.S.-NATO aggressors which, under Obama, brought occupation levels to outside 140,000.
Despite the heavy losses suffered by the U.S.-NATO aggressors in Afghanistan, the American people must not underestimate the commitment of the parties of war – the Democrats and Republicans – to the war in Afghanistan. Already, amid the monopoly media fanfare about a “new mission” in Afghanistan, Obama has signed an agreement committing the U.S. military to direct involvement in the country until 2024.
In order to fulfill our duty to defeat the aggressive war program of our own government, the American people must step up our struggle to demand: Not One Cent, Not One Life for Imperialist War! U.S. Out of Afghanistan Now! In order to carry our struggle through to the end we must build up the independent, self-conscious political movement of the workers and people themselves.