Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/598/8263

From The Socialist newspaper, 21 October 2009

Afghanistan: Troops out!

Build a mass movement against war, poverty and terror

Anti-war demonstration Seotember 05, photo Alison Hill

Anti-war demonstration Seotember 05, photo Alison Hill   (Click to enlarge)

Eight years after the US-led invasion of Afghanistan, the situation is a nightmare. Far from moving towards peace and democracy the last few months have seen some of the bloodiest fighting in the conflict. The total number of British soldiers killed is now over 220. Less well-reported is the loss of Afghan life, estimated to include over 1,500 civilians for this year alone.

Even the head of the British army, General Sir David Richards, has admitted that the public is losing faith. Yet Gordon Brown is planning to increase British troops, already at 9,000, by another 500.

While never supporting the repressive Taliban, the Socialist Party has opposed the war from the start. It has not been fought for the benefit of ordinary Afghans, so many of whose blood has been spilt and who have paid such a high price. Neither is it in the interest of working-class people in Britain, who have paid for the war with the lives of the soldiers killed, with the 12 billion of public money that has been spent and with the increased threat of terrorism.

Instead it has been fought for the power and prestige of Western imperialism, particularly of the US, and for the profit of multinational companies.

Anti-war demonstration Seotember 05, photo Alison Hill

Anti-war demonstration Seotember 05, photo Alison Hill   (Click to enlarge)


Demonstration

assemble 12 noon Saturday 24 October

Speakers Corner, Hyde Park, London

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 21 October 2009:

Postal workers must win

Post - a battle that mass strike action can win


War and occupation

Afghanistan: Troops out!

Afghanistan - end the bloody occupation


Anti-racism

Protests at the BBC: No to the far-right, racist BNP

WDL racists chased out of town


International socialist news and analysis

Sri Lanka protest: Shut down the prison camps!

Chinaworker.info journalist refused entry into China


Socialist Party news and analysis

Tommy Sheridan - a socialist fighter on a worker's wage

Laughing all the way to the bank

Fast news


Socialist Party workplace news

FBU strike to defend fire service

Leeds bin workers fight on

Giant energy company hounds unemployed electrician

First bus drivers give bosses a 'fright'

400 jobs under threat at Leeds

Striking at London Metropolitan


Education

Primary education: Report slams government policy


Political representation

Union activists discuss pulling the plug on Labour

Conference on political representation


Socialist Party reviews

The Greatest Show on Earth: The evidence for Evolution

Hard Times by Charles Dickens, reviewed by Linda Taaffe


Marxist analysis: history

When Britain's spies backed Mussolini


 

Home   |   The Socialist 21 October 2009   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Troops:

triangleSocialist inbox

triangleIreland: 100 years since the 1916 Easter rising

triangleBombing Syria won't stop Isis

War:

triangleCaerphilly Socialist Party: Are we heading for an era of war?

triangleComprehensive account of bloody conflict

triangleKurdish referendum declared illegal

Socialist:

triangleTamil Solidarity AGM & public meeting

triangleBirmingham South East Socialist Party: Can the Labour Party be changed?

International

International

6/12/17

US

Trump's tax plan: Robin Hood in reverse

6/12/17

Ireland

Irish capitalist state: rotten to the core

6/12/17

Women

Fighting sexism, violence and capitalism - an international struggle

22/11/17

US

Trump's tax attacks

22/11/17

Australia

Australia: massive yes vote for marriage equality

21/11/17

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe: Mugabe gone - but his regime remains in power

15/11/17

Minneapolis

USA: Historic vote for Ginger Jentzen campaign in Minneapolis

10/11/17

Minneapolis

US: Historic vote for Ginger Jentzen campaign in Minneapolis

8/11/17

Sweden

Sweden: 'Revolution2017' success

8/11/17

Spain

Spain: Madrid rally celebrates October revolution

8/11/17

Minneapolis

US: Minneapolis Socialist chimes with voters

8/11/17

Ireland

Ireland: rail workers demand share of 'recovery'

8/11/17

Ireland

Ireland: dangerous ideas for the ruling class

31/10/17

Catalonia

Catalonia: Rajoy's furious response to proclamation of Republic

25/10/17

Kurdistan

Kurdish referendum declared illegal

triangleMore International articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle8 Dec Local government pay: fight for the full 5% claim

triangle6 Dec Strikers rally in Liverpool

triangle6 Dec Corbyn's Labour can defeat Tories with socialist programme

triangle5 Dec Victory at Glenfield shows people power can save our NHS

triangle5 Dec Labour council Blairites deselected

triangle30 Nov Victory: Glenfield Children's Heart Centre saved!

triangle30 Nov Dramatic retelling of Grunwick strike

More ...

triangle11 Dec Leeds Socialist Party: Campaigning workshop

triangle11 Dec Bristol North Socialist Party: Christmas Quiz

triangle12 Dec Birmingham South East Socialist Party: Can the Labour Party be changed?

triangle12 Dec Liverpool Socialist Party: Fighting council cuts

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2