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Lisbon: leaders plan for more war

Issue No. 2229

Protesters march through Lisbon (Pic: Bloco)

Protesters march through Lisbon (Pic: Bloco)

Over 40,000 people marched in Lisbon, Portugal, on Saturday in opposition to the Nato summit held in the city.

The warmongers agreed “support for President Karzai’s objective for the Afghan National Security Forces to lead and conduct security operations in all provinces by the end of 2014.”

But that’s not the same as saying it will happen—and it involves another 1,000 days of bloody carnage. In any case the summit statement added, “Transition will be conditions-based, not calendar-driven and will not equate to withdrawal of ISAF [occupation] troops.”

The summit also laid out a broad list of issues that will act as a pretext for future conflicts.

They include “the proliferation of ballistic missiles, of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction”.

Other excuses for military intervention include “instability, including by fostering extremism, terrorism and transnational illegal activities such as trafficking in arms, narcotics and people,” or disruption of “vital communication, transport and transit routes on which international trade, energy security and prosperity depend.”

If the present system remains, the war in Afghanistan will not be the end of imperialism’s rampage.

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Tue 23 Nov 2010, 18:26 GMT
Issue No. 2229
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