U.S. Imperialism Continues Its Occupation of Afghanistan

Reprinted from The Worker, newspaper of the Workers Party, USA, March 24, 2014

Tens of thousands of U.S.-NATO troops continue to occupy Afghanistan and impose the colonial rule of U.S. imperialism on the people.

U.S. commanders order airstrikes which target civilian populations.

Afghan patriots resisting the occupation continue to come under attack.

The U.S. military admits to holding 1,700 prisoners at detention camps. In violation of international laws such as the Geneva conventions, these prisoners have been denied POW status. The U.S. military has repeatedly been exposed for torture at Parwan Detention Facility.

U.S. imperialism is working on imposing a new, unequal treaty on Afghanistan which is designed to ensure that the military and economy are controlled by the U.S. government.

New government or military appointees must pledge allegiance to U.S. imperialism.

The Obama administration admits that it plans to maintain the occupation for "a long time."

All these facts expose again the aggressive, colonial character of U.S. imperialism's occupation.

The invasion of Afghanistan was launched using the pretext of "fighting terrorism." But the reality of the occupation shows that U.S. imperialism is strengthening its colonial rule in Afghanistan.

The invasion and occupation of Afghanistan shows again that U.S. imperialism is bent on turning the clock back to the days of gunboat diplomacy and old-style colonialism. In the world today, the real terrorist is U.S. imperialism.

It is U.S. imperialism which has returned to the openly colonial and racist doctrine of the "white man's" burden, insisting that some nations, some cultures, some religions, some peoples, are too weak, too uncivilized, too backward to be "allowed" the right to self-determination and self-governance and need to be administered and "mentored" by the "morally superior" U.S. imperialists.

It is U.S. imperialism which is going around the world boasting about the death and destruction its military imposed on Afghanistan and telling others they will suffer the same "fate" if they refuse to bend to the dictates of U.S. imperialism.

It is U.S. imperialism which not only threatens but has used nuclear weapons and other instruments of mass destruction to terrorize nations and to impose its dictate.

It is U.S. imperialism which has organized mercenary armies and paramilitary death squads in Colombia, in Guatemala, in Indonesia, in Nicaragua, in Iraq to carry out wanton terror and destruction. It is U.S. imperialism, which in South Korea, in Israel, in Haiti, in Iraq and elsewhere, financed and organized the most fascist regimes and instructed them in terrorizing the peoples of their country.

It is the C.I.A. which carried out and continues to carry out covert operations, including assassinations, biological warfare and destabilization campaigns against Cuba, Chile, Iran, Syria, etc.

The U.S. capitalist class, which lives not only by the exploitation of the U.S. working class, but also by the subjugation and super-exploitation of nations throughout the world, is beset by crisis. In this situation, it is desperately shifting the burden onto the peoples, preparing new Vietnam-type wars of aggression in order to "protect" its empire.

The U.S. working class and people must step up the struggle against U.S. imperialist intervention and aggression. We must demand an immediate end to the occupation of Afghanistan. We must build up the organized force of the working class and people which fights against every aggressive step taken by the capitalist government.