CENTCOM to Further Expedite Growth of “Afghan Local Police”
Reprinted from The Worker, newspaper of the Workers Party, USA, November 2, 2015
According to a recent article in the New York Times (10/16 “Afghan Plan to Expand Militia Raises Abuses Concerns,”) U.S.-NATO plans to dramatically increase funding for the “Afghan Local Police” (A.L.P) are in the works.
The A.L.P is an arm of the neo-colonial military forces, set up, financed and trained by the U.S.-NATO occupation. It is headed by local warlords and administered by the “Afghan Interior Ministry.”
Currently the A.L.P., with a combined force of 30,000 men, is financed by the U.S. government to the tune of $120 million per year. Today the A.L.P. is isolated with its back to the wall, and to survive it may need to be propped up by as many as 30,000 more men, reports the NYT.
Since the start, the Afghanistan War has been one in which the self-proclaimed “world’s policeman” openly organizes violence and then uses the same events to justify its own aggression. For example, by September of 2001 the U.S. had already been exposed for arming the warlords of the Northern Alliance and taking control of its armies. In order to take out many of the country’s defenses in preparation for a U.S. ground invasion, those U.S.-client forces were used to begin ground operations before the country was subjected to the first intense bombing campaigns in October of 2001. All along the chauvinist logic that branded Afghanistan as a “safe haven for terrorists” was used to promote the Big Lie that the government of Afghanistan had been behind plans to bomb the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
The A.L.P. are the latest in a long list of militia trained and funded by the U.S. government and notorious for war crimes, human rights abuses and drug-trafficking.
The brutal, despotic character of the U.S.-NATO occupation comes from the aggressive colonial aims of U.S. imperialism. Furthermore, President Obama’s only response to the growing national liberation struggle of the Afghan people is to declare that armed operations against civilian population centers will continue until the popular resistance is defeated.