The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Democracy in Afghanistan?

Mar 18, 2002

American Federation of Teachers President Sandra Feldman is part of a media campaign touting the opening of schools in the “New Afghanistan.” She expresses her hope that children will be able to learn democracy in the newly-reopened schools.

Well, some children might, the ones who are not so poor they cannot go to school. But some Afghan children, especially in the small rural villages, come from families so poor they have been forced to find a new method to get food: they sell some of their children. After 25 years of war, and a drought which currently means no crops, no water and no seed, some fathers have been forced to make this hideous choice by their family’s destitution.

Feldman doesn’t mention this reality in the “New Afghanistan,” supposed to be newly liberated by the American bombing which began last October and is still going on. Did she get her propaganda ideas from the same PR firm that scripted the lies about the babies in Kuwait?