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Afghanistan: stop the war
October 2009 marks the eighth anniversary of troops being sent to Afghanistan. It is clearer than ever that the invasion has resulted in a nightmare for the people of Afghanistan and the region and those sent to fight.
Everything the US and UK governments have promised; to destroy al-Qaeda, make the west safe, bring democracy, fight against corruption, promote women's rights and stamp out opium production, has not been delivered by the occupation.
While some military generals propose raising troop levels, ordinary people demand the withdrawal of the troops.
- Build a mass movement against the war!
- Bring the troops out immediately. Stop the slaughter of civilians. Let the people of Afghanistan determine their own future.
- For UK government spending on jobs and public services, not war and nuclear weapons.
- For a massive reconstruction programme in Afghanistan under the control of the Afghan masses. For public ownership of the
- gas, oil, and other key industries.
- For democratically organised, multi-ethnic workers' defence forces in Afghanistan. For workers' solidarity internationally.
- For genuine democratic rights. No support for the corrupt Afghan government of Hamid Karzai; support mass struggle to
- remove his regime and other reactionary regimes in the Middle East, Asia and worldwide.
- For a democratic, socialist government in Afghanistan of the working people and poor, as part of a socialist confederation of
- the South Asia region, including Pakistan.
- No to all imperialist wars and occupations! For a socialist world without poverty, terror or war.
Afghanistan - Bring the troops home now
Assemble Saturday 24 October 12 noon Hyde Park, London, march to Trafalgar Square
Called by Stop the War Coalition, CND and BMI
Join us to put forward a socialist alternative to war.
In The Socialist 7 October 2009:
War and occupation
Youth fight for jobs
Socialist Party news and analysis
Workplace news and analysis
Socialist Party feature
International socialist news and analysis