Three Articles from Socialists in Afghanistan

Socialist Action / Ligue pour l’Action socialiste in the Canadian state is pleased to share the following trio of recent articles from the Left Radical of Afghanistan party. We have been in touch with that party for a number of years, and welcome its trenchant account of the political scene, on the ground.  While the LR of A party, which evolved decades ago from Maoism and towards Revolutionary Marxism, does not, in the articles below, specifically project the fight for a workers' government and the need for a revolutionary international, we do appreciate its intransigent opposition to the imperialist intervention/occupation of the past twenty years.  The LR of A party is a revolutionary socialist organization that is operating under extremely difficult circumstances.  SA/LAS is pleased to be in direct contact with this organization of militants, to which we send our fervent revolutionary greetings and solidarity.  (We have taken the liberty to lightly edit the somewhat rough original translated text.) - BW

WEBCAST: Trotsky, Krupskaya and the Bolshevik Tradition

Thursday, September 16  7 p.m. Eastern Time,Trotsky, Krupskaya and the Bolshevik Tradition, featuring Paul LeBlanc, historian at La Roche University in Pittsburgh, a labor and socialist activist who has written or edited more than 30 books on topics such as Leon Trotsky and Rosa Luxemburg, and…

Greater Toronto for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions picketed a public appearance by Liberal Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland at a Toronto mid-town hotel on September 9 to protest her government’s complicity with Israeli Apartheid

Members of Greater Toronto for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions picketed a public appearance by Liberal Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland at a Toronto mid-town hotel on September 9 to protest her government's complicity with Israeli Apartheid.  Inside the plush Yorkville establishment, Freeland spoke to a $1,600 a plate Liberal Party fundraising dinner.  Outside, protesters chanted "From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free" and distributed GT4BDS flyers to passersby urging an end to trade and investment in businesses that profit from the illegal occupation of the West Bank and the brutal siege of Gaza.  Many thanks to Nety M. for the photos posted below.  Please post and share this message.

Afghanistan: The Defeat of U.S. Imperialism and the Road Ahead

After 20 years of untold U.S. government-inflicted barbaric horrors on the people of Afghanistan the world’s greatest military power, along with its NATO allies, stands humiliated, demoralized and defeated, forced to abandon their claimed nation-building project in the face of irreversible Taliban victories over the past year and longer. With the panicked assistance of some 6,000 U.S. troops flown in to oversee the evacuation, imperialism’s entourage of U.S. and NATO embassy officials, security forces, Afghan warlords, mafia drug dealers and thousands of Afghan collaborators are desperately awaiting evacuation at the Kabul Airport. Scenes there are reminiscent of Saigon, Vietnam in 1975 when U.S. helicopters barely evacuated the U.S. Embassy, marking the definitive defeat of the world’s most powerful army that over ten years had slaughtered four million Vietnamese while losing 57,000 U.S. soldiers – the vast majority bitterly opposed to the genocidal saturation and napalm bombing they were ordered to inflict. 

Canada’s failure in Afghanistan

With the Taliban quickly retaking control of Afghanistan we should be asking: what was the point of all that bloodletting?

More than 200,000 Afghan civilians and combatants have been killed since the United States, Canadian and British invasion two decades ago. A few thousand Canadian, US, and British troops (among others) also died in the fighting.

Canada’s biggest military deployment since the Second World War, more than 40,000 Canadian troops fought in Afghanistan between 2001 and 2014. Canada also spent $20 billion on military operations and the related aid mission in the country. And while the stated rationale of the war was to neutralize al-Qaeda members and topple the Taliban regime, the latter has now regained control of the country and the influence of jihadist groups will likely intensify.