Monday, December 17, 2007

Australia must leave both Iraq and Afghanistan

The Rudd Government has committed itself to announcing a timeline for the withdrawal of Australian troops from the illegal war in Iraq.

They have a mandate to do this from the Australian people who had all along opposed this US-led invasion and occupation of a sovereign nation.

However, Rudd is intent on “staying in Afghanistan for the long haul”, as he told reporters on December 17. Rudd has urged NATO to put more troops and weapons into Afghanistan, backing Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon, who said on the weekend that NATO was "winning the battles and not the war".

On the question of Afghanistan, the Australian public is somewhat uncertain.

Many believe that there does need to be a “war on terror”, and that the place to fight it is in Afghanistan where Osama bin Laden and his Al Qaeda leadership are apparently based.

Others regard Afghan President Karzai as a legitimate authority, and see his invitation to NATO and other troops to assist in the eradication of the Taliban as reasonable.

Hence there needs to be more work done to explain to the public that Australia’s participation in the NATO campaign in Afghanistan is wrong, and that only the Afghani people can be the masters of their own liberation.

The Revolutionary Association for the Women of Afghanistan released a statement on December 10 that analyses the imperialist presence in Afghanistan and the reactionary feudalist forces represented by both the Karzai Government and the Taliban.

RAWA speakers have toured Australia on several occasions, pleading with us to support their fight against fundamentalism and for the independence of their country.

Imperialism has never been a vehicle for the independence of small nations.

Foreign troops must be withdrawn from Afghanistan and full support provided to anti-fundamentalist and socially progressive persons and organisations.

What follows is the text of the statement released by RAWA on December 10, 2007 to mark Universal Human Rights Day:

The US and Her Fundamentalist Stooges arethe Main Human Rights Violators in Afghanistan

The US and her allies tried to legitimize their military occupation of Afghanistan under the banner of “bringing freedom and democracy for Afghan people”. But as we have experienced in the past three decades, in regard to the fate of our people, the US government first of all considers her own political and economic interests and has empowered and equipped the most traitorous, anti-democratic, misogynist and corrupt fundamentalist gangs in Afghanistan.

In the past few years, for a thousand times the lies of US claims in the so-called “War on terror” were uncovered. By relying on the criminal bands of the Northern Alliance, the US made a game of values like democracy, human rights, women’s rights etc. thus disgracing our mournful nation. The US created a government from those people responsible for massacres in Pul-e-Charkhi, Dasht-e-Chamtala, Kapisa, Karala, Dasht-e-Lieli, 65,000 Kabulis and tens of mass graves across the country. Now the US tries to include infamous killers like Mullah Omer and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar into the government, which will be another big hypocrisy in the “war against terror”.

The reinstatement of the Northern Alliance to power crushed the hopes of our people for freedom and prosperity into desperation and proved that for the Bush administration, defeating terrorism so that our people can be happy, have no significance at all. The US administration plays a funny anti-Taliban game and pretends that a super power is unable to defeat a small, marginalized and medieval-minded gang which is actually her own product. But our people found by experience in the past few years that the US doesn’t want to defeat the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, because then they will have no excuse to stay in Afghanistan and work towards the realization of its economical, political and strategic interests in the region.

After about seven years, there is no peace, human rights, democracy and reconstruction in Afghanistan. On the contrary, the destitution and suffering of our people has doubled everyday. Our people, and even our unfortunate children, fall victim to the Jehadis’ infighting (Baghlan incident - see photo on right), the Taliban’s untargeted blasts and the US/NATO’s non-stop bombardments. The Northern Alliance blood-suckers, who are part of Karzai’s team and have key government posts, continue to be the main and the most serious obstacle towards the establishment of peace and democracy in Afghanistan. The existence of tens of illegal private security companies run by these mafia bands are enough to realize their sinister intentions and the danger they pose.

Human rights violations, crime, and corruption have reached their peak, so much so that Mr. Karzai is forced to make friendly pleas to the ministers and members of the parliament, asking them to “keep some limits”! Accusations about women being raped in prisons were so numerous that even a pro-warlord woman in the parliament had no choice but to acknowledge them.

Rabbani, Khalili, Massoud, Sayyaf, Fahim, Ismael and other criminals for the sake of being “ISI” and “VEVAK” agents could become “leaders” in the early 90’s, invited their god-father General Hamid Gul of ISI to become their army chief. But today they raise anti-Pakistan slogans to hide their corruption and wrong-doings. In this act they even go further and abuse Pakistani people. But they never talk about the dirty act of Pakistan in creating fundamentalist bands and imposing them on our people. More importantly, they keep silent about the wider, more devastating and more active meddling of the brutal Iranian regime in Afghanistan through its cultural and media agents. Pro-Iranian regime politicians and intellectuals are as much traitorous to democracy and human rights as the intellectuals and politicians who, from an ethnocentric and reactionary point of view, call the barbarism and terror of Taliban a “national armed resistance,” and shamelessly defend them.

The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) has announced a number of times that when the legislative, administrative and judicial bodies are ruled by drug-lords and warlords or their Talibi, Gulbudini, Parchami and Khalqi accomplices, they will never do anything positive for our deprived people. Rather these bodies will act as a mechanism to continue the ongoing crime, drug-trade and looting by these mafia bands to become richer.

If the US government replaces Karzai with a new puppet, even if he is not from among the Jehadi criminals, it will be just a deception of our people and an attempt to put the responsibilities of today’s tragedies on the shoulders of a single person. Such a move will have no positive outcome for our nation. Only a president who rely on people and come to power through a fair election, free from any kind of dependence or dealings with the fundamentalists, would be ideal for Afghan people.

Instead of defeating Al-Qaeda, Taliban and Gulbuddini terrorists and disarming the Northern Alliance, the foreign troops are creating confusion among the people of the world. We believe that if these troops leave Afghanistan, our people will not feel any kind of vacuum but rather will become more free and come out of their current puzzlement and doubts. In such a situation, they will face the Taliban and Northern Alliance without their “national” mask, and rise to fight with these terrorist enemies. Neither the US nor any other power wants to release Afghan people from the fetters of the fundamentalists. Afghanistan’s freedom can be achieved by Afghan people themselves. Relying on one enemy to defeat another is a wrong policy which has just tightened the grip of the Northern Alliance and their masters on the neck of our nation.

By publishing the book “Some Documents of the Bloody and Traitorous Jehadi Years”, RAWA has taken another small step in unmasking and prosecuting the war criminals of the past three decades. But we will not stop here. In the face of continuous threats by the terrorists sitting in the parliament and the government, we will not be intimidated and despite the passivity and compromises of intellectuals in this regard, we are determined that with the help of justice-loving people and organizations of Afghanistan and around the world, will work to push the war criminals into a court of justice and reclaim billions of dollars worth of national assets from them. Only then the eyes of our grief-stricken people may no longer burn endlessly for justice and democracy.

Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)
December 10, 2007

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have nothing bad to say or imply about this particular organisations motives .

I merely post this here as comment on the CIA imperialists interest in using gender questions and western religious prejudice to further their imperialist war aims .

We should keep it in mind.

This is an article from a Third World country where since an armed Islamic revolution the majority of those attending university in Iran are now Women. Marxists had little to do in that success.
The Dutch govt fell over the Afghanistan question ,meanwhile there is still a lot of support for the war by Australians under the pretext that the imperialists are liberating women.

'CIA seeks using Afghan women to promote war'
Sat, 27 Mar

CIA think tank proposes concerns over women's rights, fear of terrorism as ways to boost support for Afghan war.

The CIA has called for recruiting Afghan women in a public relations bid to persuade Europeans to support war in Afghanistan, a document leaked to the media
has revealed.

"Afghan women could serve as ideal messengers in humanizing" the mission for European audiences, particularly in France, according to the CIA analysis,posted on WikiLeaks, a whistleblower website, AFP reported.

Afghan women's views would carry special weight as they could express "theiraspirations for the future, and their fears of a Taliban victory," it said.

The proposed PR strategies focus on pressure points that have been identified within these countries.

For France, it is the sympathy of the public for Afghan refugees and women. For Germany it is the fear of the consequences of defeat (drugs, more refugees,
terrorism) as well as for Germany's standing in the NATO.

The Central Intelligence Agency declined to confirm or deny the authenticity ofthe document, but WikiLeaks has previously posted government and corporate documents that were later verified.

The report by a CIA expert on "strategic communications" and State Department analysts of public opinion warned that popular support for the war in Europe was weak and could easily collapse, citing the recent fall of the Dutch governmentover the issue.

The report also suggested taking advantage of President Barack Obama's popularity in France and Germany, arguing that appeals from the US president on the importance of the allied role in the war could have a positive effect.

The memorandum is titled: "Afghanistan: Sustaining West European Support for the
NATO-led Mission -- Why Counting on Apathy Might Not Be Enough."