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Afghan slaughter shows the brutal truth of ‘humanitarian’ war

Issue No. 2294

Tensions in Afghanistan were already running high before the massacre of 16 Afghans, mostly women and children, as they slept in their beds last week.

The US and British occupation has made things even worse for people living in one of the poorest countries on earth.

The most recent massacre is brutal. But it isn’t an aberration.

It is part and parcel of imperialism—the competition between major capitalist states for economic control.

This competition, which is played out militarily and politically, is what the occupation of Afghanistan is about.

Imperialism has a long history of atrocities.

The US waged chemical warfare against civilians in Vietnam during the 1960s, leaving millions dead.

Britain’s history is also soaked in blood. The British army fired on a crowd of unarmed people in the city of Amritsar in India in 1919, killing hundreds.

It carried out massacres in Malaya and Kenya in the 1940s and 1950s.

Western governments always claim they have ordinary people’s best interests at heart when they want to wage war. They are saying this today to try and hijack the Syrian uprising.

Yet years of brutal wars have shown up Western imperialism for what it really is.

Our leaders’ rhetoric on humanitarianism is a sham.

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What We Think
Tue 13 Mar 2012, 18:13 GMT
Issue No. 2294
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