September 14, 2009
The Antiwar Working group of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) strongly condemns the September 4 Kunduz massacre perpetrated by the United States-led coalition in Afghanistan. Under the pretext of supposed “Taliban hijackers”, US warplanes bombed the northern Afghan village of Omar Kheil, killing at least 90 civilians and injuring many more.
While horrifying, this is only the latest in a long series of war crimes and atrocities by the US in Afghanistan. On May 4, a similar strike in western Farah province resulted in 147 civilian deaths. “The US occupation is a disaster for Afghanistan, just like it is for Iraq. The Afghani people will never have stability and peace until the US leaves”, said UMN SDSer Stephanie Taylor.
This is a brutal war and it is based on lies. This war has nothing to do with fighting terrorism, and everything to do with the long-term control of strategic resources in Central Asia for the benefit of the US ruling class and its allies. As Jenae Stainer, an SDS organizer in Tuscaloosa, Alabama put it, “Our government wants to keep us ignorant about the real reasons and true costs of war both at home and in Afghanistan. That is why organizing to stop the war is so important.”
At the 2009 National Convention of the Students for a Democratic Society, a resolution to mark the 8th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan was passed unanimously. On October 7th, SDS chapters around the country will be organizing protests, actions and educational activities to raise awareness on campus about the continuing war in Afghanistan. Students for a Democratic Society is urging students and youth across the country to participate in whatever way they can.
Organizers are calling for the billions that are wasted on empire building abroad to be used to for providing jobs, health care, and education at home instead. Daniel Jaeckle-Ginsberg, a Milwaukee SDSer said: “With our economy in recession, and our university budget in crisis, Milwaukee SDS will be demanding, ‘Fund Education, Not Occupation!’”
The SDS Anti-War Working Group exists to help coordinate national SDS anti-war activity. For more information, please contact Chapin Gray at 251.605.7780. More information, reports, and organizing materials are available on the SDS Antiwar Working Group’s homepage at http://sdsantiwar.wordpress.com.
U.S. Out of Afghanistan Now! Fund Education, Not Occupation!