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Afghanistan


The arguments against the war

27 October 2001
WE WANT the bombing of Afghanistan stopped. Our members were devastated by the events of 11 September. There were 343 firefighters among those who lost their lives. We do not want that tragedy to be followed by another tragedy.

Clare short of humanity

27 October 2001
THE MEDIA last week relegated the impact of the bombing of Afghanistan to the third or fourth item on news bulletins, behind gung-ho tales of derring-do by "special forces".

Bush gang's other dirty war

27 October 2001
AS BUSH ordered the first bombs to be dropped on Afghanistan, a US think tank declared the guerrilla movements in Colombia the greatest terrorist threat in the western hemisphere. The US government agrees and has showered military aid on the Colombian state. The $1.3 billion Plan Colombia package pretends to be about fighting drug trafficking.

They call this collateral damage

27 October 2001
THE MEDIA routinely report civilian casualties in Afghanistan as "Taliban claims". In a growing number of cases the media then quietly admits three or four days later that the claim was in fact true.

Why do wars happen?

27 October 2001
The war against Afghanistan has raised many issues about violence in society. Here we answer some of those questions.

Labour, the left & a century of war

20 October 2001
ANYONE WHO listened to the debate in parliament on 8 October about the war in Afghanistan would have been struck immediately by one fact-nobody spoke clearly for an immediate end to the attacks by the US and Britain. A handful of MPs raised serious questions about the war aims, details of the attacks and what should happen next. But nobody said the war was wrong in principle.

German Green war machine

20 October 2001
THE ONCE-pacifist German Green Party held a conference two weeks ago where the leadership announced its support for Bush's war against Afghanistan. Green Party leader and foreign minister Joschka Fischer's speech echoed the war hysteria and propaganda of Bush, Blair, and German chancellor Gerhard Schröder of the Social Democratic Party.

University of the streets

20 October 2001
IF YOU were a president trying to run a war, what would most scare you? Because Afghanistan is desperately poor, let's leave aside here the possibility that your enemy has bigger weapons than you. Mind you, some of the briefings and reports would have us believe that £1 billion jets flying at supersonic speed over Kabul are facing terrible risks. Apart from a pilot choking on his chewing gum, it's difficult to see any danger awaiting the US air force.

Bush and Blair fear mass revolt

20 October 2001
GEORGE BUSH and Tony Blair are terrified that the US and Britain's pummelling of Afghanistan will lead to upheaval across the Middle East. That is what is behind all their talk of "losing the media war".

US bombs kill whole families

20 October 2001
BUSH AND Blair don't want to admit their war has slaughtered ordinary men, women and children in Afghanistan. We have only seen a glimpse of the horror of war in some pictures in newspapers and on the television.

Close Faslane

20 October 2001
PROTESTERS will blockade the Faslane Trident nuclear base on the Clyde near Glasgow on Monday. The demonstration will have a special urgency because it will also be against the bombing of Afghanistan.

Imperialism is the fundamental enemy

20 October 2001
BUSH AND Blair are trying to cloak their war in Afghanistan behind the claim that it is about opposing the threat of "Islamic fundamentalism". The hypocrisy stinks. The US and its allies trained, armed and funded the Taliban forces in Afghanistan. The US has also nurtured the Islamic state of Saudi Arabia.

Fight this barbarity

20 October 2001
US AND British forces had bombed Afghanistan for a week and a half as Socialist Worker went to press. Their "war on terrorism" means killing innocent Afghans in revenge for the attacks on the World Trade Centre-attacks which didn't involve a single Afghan. Yet, despite the carnage Bush and Blair are raining down on Afghanistan, the US and Britain are worried the war is not going their way.

Bush won't stop at Afghanistan

13 October 2001
"EXECUTED AS planned." That was how US president George W Bush described the bombing of Afghanistan this week.

War and saving lives do not mix

13 October 2001
"EVEN THE threat of military action has made the humanitarian situation worse. Military attacks on Afghanistan will make the problems worse." That damning comment came from the director of the charity CAFOD. It exposes Bush and Blair's lies that they are waging a "humanitarian war". The meagre aid dropped from planes will not feed the millions of starving Afghan people.

Can a world court bring us justice?

13 October 2001
THE movement to stop the war against Afghanistan is growing. People are united in opposition to war. But within the movement for peace a whole series of debates about the alternatives to war have sprung up. People opposed to the war are quite rightly advocating a political and not a military solution.

Anger rocks Middle East

13 October 2001
THE ATTACK on Afghanistan has provoked a wave of anger against the US and Britain across the Middle East. As the first bombs fell, protests erupted in Palestine, Syria, Egypt and many other countries.

US ready for years of war

13 October 2001
US DEFENCE Secretary Donald Rumsfeld now argues openly that bombing Afghanistan is to be "part of a much wider effort. It will likely be sustained for years, not weeks or months."

The real victims of 'precision' bombing

13 October 2001
THERE IS no such thing as a "clean war" or "precision bombing". The same US and British generals who now say they are using "smart weapons" in Afghanistan were only two weeks ago telling the media they were "resigned to civilian casualties".

Cheering on imperialism

13 October 2001
IMPERIALIST WARS like the one that has just been launched against Afghanistan always put the left to the test. It's always possible to find some excuse for supporting imperialist rulers.

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