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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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— Karl Marx

What the U.S. Calls a "Democratic" Constitution for Afghanistan

Dec 15, 2003

Currently, the U.S. is sponsoring a special council of the supposed representatives of the Afghan people, called a loya jirga, to adopt a new constitution for the country. The loya jirga’s adoption of the constitution will then supposedly pave the way for elections sometime next June. Of course, the constitution is nothing but a piece of paper, and whatever elections take place will have more to do with promoting George Bush’s election campaign than with "democracy."

But the contents of the constitution does indicate what the U.S. authorities have in mind for the people of Afghanistan. For the constitution stipulates that Afghanistan will be ruled under "Islamic" or fundamentalist law, which means the continued subjugation of ordinary people, especially women and children, just as they were under the Taliban. There is no mention in it of the rights of the ordinary people. But the constitution does allow whoever is selected as "president" to have absolute and dictatorial power over the population in the event that the government declares a "state of siege."

This is what the U.S. administration and the news media are peddling as the foundations for a new "democracy!"