The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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

Increasing Violence in Afghanistan

Sep 14, 2009

The violence in Afghanistan is getting worse.

On September 4, between 70 and 100 Afghans were killed and more than a hundred injured in a single U.S. attack. Taliban fighters had highjacked two oil tanker trucks. When one of the hijacked tankers got stuck, people arrived with containers to drain out the fuel. At that point, a NATO commander called in a strike by U.S. aircraft that killed those nearby, most of them civilians.

Last month, 47 U.S. soldiers lost their lives, the deadliest month in the Afghan war so far. By the beginning of September, about 175 U.S. and 125 allied soldiers had been killed in Afghanistan during 2009... and the year is still far from over.

The war in Afghanistan is now eight years old. It was started under the Bush administration and continues now under Obama’s administration. Neither Democrats nor Republicans will end this war. So it is up to the soldiers and people in this country to do it.