Escalation of the War on Afghanistan

December 10, 2010

The U.S. is escalating its war against the people of Afghanistan by bringing in more destructive military hardware and launching more military offensives.

On November 25, for example, occupation forces in Afghanistan received the first of 17 U.S. owned M1A1 Abrams tanks. According to one senior military official in an interview with the Washington Post (11/19/10), the move is designed to bring "awe, shock and firepower." According to an article in PakTribune, the U.S. also recently introduced another "sophisticated" weapon called the XM25 gunner which is a weapon capable of launching a computer programmed grenade designed to shower lethal fragmentation beyond barriers such as walls where people often seek to hide during battles. Attacks on villages from the air and by land have also escalated dramatically. In a recent military offensive, U.S. soldiers blew up more than 174 homes around Kandahar. In October, U.S. and NATO forces dropped more bombs and missiles on Afghan villages than they have since the "shock and awe" campaigns which started the war in 2001.

The increasingly brutal methods used by U.S.-NATO forces in Afghanistan are a result of the political objectives of U.S. imperialism there. U.S. imperialism aims not only at subjugating Afghanistan but at using that country as another strategic base in its struggle for world domination. The colonization of Afghanistan is being used by the U.S. to extend its network of military bases and alliances. The war is being fought not only because of that country's importance as a strategic transit route for the vast oil and gas reserves of the Caspian sea and the Asian republics but also to strengthen the strategic hegemony of U.S. imperialism in this vital region. Central Asia and the Middle East are key zones of rivalry amongst the various imperialist powers and the new U.S. bases and expanded military presence put it within close striking range of Russia and China as well as such regional powers as Iran.

The truth is that despite its vast military superiority and brutal methods, U.S. imperialism will lose the war because the Afghan people are resisting. While U.S. imperialism only reacts to Afghan opposition to the U.S. military occupation with increasing violence and desperation, the Afghan resistance is continuing and gaining strength.

But U.S. imperialism will not stop escalating its war in Afghanistan until it is defeated and forced out and the inalienable right of the Afghan people to self-determination and sovereignty is recognized. Now is the time for the American people to step up our struggle to demand: U.S. and All Foreign Troops Out of Afghanistan, Now!