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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

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