Resistance to a Second Decade of War and Occupation of Afghanistan

Today marks the beginning of the 11th year of the US war on Afghanistan, the longest war in the country’s history.  There were protestors in Kabul and in Washington.

This is an image of protestors carrying a sign with a photograph of an injured boy.  The text says, ” What if Karzai’s son had the same destiny”

A report from Reuters says in part:

“Hundreds of Afghans marched through Kabul on Thursday, the eve of the 10-year anniversary of the U.S. military campaign in Afghanistan, to condemn the United States as occupiers and demand the immediate withdrawal of all foreign troops.

About 300 men and women gathered early in the morning with placards and banners accusing the United States of “massacring” civilians while denouncing President Hamid Karzai as a puppet subservient to Washington.

“Occupation – atrocities – brutality,” read one sign, held aloft by two women with scarves covering their head and face.

“No to occupation” said another placard, as a U.S. flag was set on fire. Another banner featured a caricature of Karzai as a glove puppet holding a pen and signing a document entitled “promises to the USA.”

The rally, near a shrine and river in downtown Kabul, lasted around three hours, and ended peacefully.”

You can read the complete report here.

In Washington, another occupation began today at Freedom Plaza.  The World Can’t Wait was there protesting the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and the resulting torture and loss of human rights that have ensued in addition to the death, dislocation, suffering, and destruction there due to US military invasions since.

See details on World Can’t Wait facebook page here.

It is past time to end US wars and occupations.  I urge everyone to join with others in visible protest of these atrocities.  If nothing else, the trillions of dollars they cost could be used for productive things in the US: education, health care, job creation, building renewable energy.  The bigger reason for me is that my integrity as a human being is damaged if I fail to work to stop these atrocities.


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