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Canada's role in the occupation of Afghanistan

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This document reflects the reading, thinking, and discussion among members of the Échec à la Guerre collective. It represents a revision of an earlier draft to incorporate the many comments made by individuals and member groups. The document is divided into 5 sections and a total of 18 questions. There is some logic to the order in which the questions are presented, but the answers are largely independent of each other, making it easy for you to explore them in any order that is convenient for you. You can click on any question in the table of contents to go directly to that question.

Before getting into these specific questions, here is a summary of the collective’s overall position on the war in Afghanistan:
  • The war in Afghanistan is not a just war; the invasion of Afghanistan was never authorized by the Security Council and cannot be justified by invoking self-defence.
  • “Reconstruction” and “democracy-building” in the Afghan context are pure propaganda at worst, self-congratulatory rationalization at best. After five years of foreign intervention in Afghanistan, the country is in a disastrous situation that bears no relationship to the stated good intentions of the countries involved.
  • In reality, the goal of this war has always been to install a regime favourable to US interests and those of its allies. It is part of a broader offensive – the so-called “war on terror” – whose real purpose is to expand the US empire into Central Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.
  • Canada is participating in this strategy in order to preserve and deepen its strategic partnership with the United States, and several large Canadian corporations expect to benefit.
  • For all these reasons, the collective is calling for the withdrawal of Canadian troops from Afghanistan.
The following questions and answers have not been endorsed by all the decision-making bodies of our member groups, but we believe that they represent a useful contribution to the debate on continued Canadian military involvement in Afghanistan. They also offer a coherent and systematic agenda for opposition to this war of occupation.

– The Échec à la Guerre Steering Committee


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