[Marxism] March on the Pentagon! March 21, 2009
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Fri Dec 19 10:41:27 MST 2008
Troops Home Now
From Iraq and Afghanistan
March on the Pentagon! March 21, 2009
The National Assembly to End the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and
Occupations is joining with other coalitions, organizations, and
networks in a united MARCH 21 NATIONAL COALITION to organize the
broadest mobilization of people across the United States to take part
in a March on the Pentagon on the sixth year of the military invasion
and occupation of the Iraq War: Saturday, March 21.
Demonstrations will also be held on that date in San Francisco, Los
Angeles, and other cities across the U.S.
These actions will remind the nation that all U.S. military forces
must be brought home from Afghanistan and Iraq, and that the U.S.
antiwar movement – marching behind a banner demanding “Out Now!’ –
will intensify its struggle to make it happen.
The actions are needed to assure the people of Iraq, Afghanistan, and
other countries threatened by Washington’s expansionist policies that
tens of millions of people in this country support their right to
settle their own destinies without U.S. interventions, occupations
and murderous wars. International law recognizes – and we demand –
that the U.S. respect the right to self-determination. We reject any
notion that the U.S. is the world’s self-appointed cop.
The March 21 united mass actions are also needed at this time of
economic meltdown to demand jobs for all; a moratorium on
foreclosures; rebuilding the crumbling infrastructure; guaranteed,
quality health care for all; an end to the ICE raids and
deportations; and funding for sorely needed social programs. So long
as trillions of dollars continue to be spent on wars, occupations,
and bailouts to the banks and corporate elite, the domestic needs of
the people of the U.S. can never be met.
The So-called Status of Forces Agreement
As for Iraq, the so-called “Status of Forces Agreement” offers proof
positive that far from ending the U.S. occupation, the plan is to
extend it indefinitely. Tens of thousands of U.S. troops and
mercenary soldiers will be maintained to carry out a number of stated
missions, but in reality their aim is to carry out the one mission
that is not stated: Ensure the U.S. subjugation of Iraq to exploit
its oil resources and dominate the Middle East.
Any doubt about Washington’s intentions should be dispelled by the
statement by Gen. Raymond Odierno who said on December 13, 2008 that
U.S. forces would remain indefinitely in dozens of bases in Iraq
cities, despite the language in the Status of Forces Agreement that
appears to require a withdrawal from urban areas by next summer.
(Wall Street Journal 12/15/08)
As for Afghanistan, it is not the “good war” claimed by the Obama
administration and the power structure, which plans to increase the
number of U.S. troops in that country by 20,000. Afghanistan will
prove to be another U.S. Vietnam. The Soviet Union’s intervention in
Afghanistan resulted in a million Afghanis being killed, along with
15,000 Soviet troops. The U.S. war will only result in a continuation
of the slaughter that has been the hallmark of all previous
occupations by foreign powers.
The daily U.S. bombing and killing of Afghanis attending weddings,
classes, funerals, or simply trying to survive shows how cruel and
deadly this war is. It is directed against the same forces that the
U.S. armed, financed, and helped bring to power.
Why is the U.S. at war against Afghanistan? To gain control of a
pipeline across that country. (See the 1998 statement submitted to
Congress by the Union Oil Company of California, which later merged
with Chevron, stressing the need to build a natural gas pipeline
across Afghanistan. And note Dick Cheney’s 1998 statement made when
he was chief executive of a major oil services company: “I cannot
think of a time when we have had a region emerge suddenly to become
as strategically significant as the Caspian,” which led the Guardian
newspaper to remark “But the oil and gas there is worthless until it
is moved. The only route that would make both political and economic
sense is through Afghanistan.”)
The March 21 demonstration will also highlight the dangers of
expanding Washington’s two wars to Iran and Pakistan. It will also
condemn U.S. support for the continued occupation of Palestine.
The National Assembly
From its inception, the National Assembly to End the Iraq and
Afghanistan Wars and Occupations has called for united antiwar
demonstrations this spring. We urge the entire movement to unite now
around March 21. We will do everything possible to make this unity a
Think of the civil rights, union, anti-Vietnam War, women’s
liberation and gay rights movements. They would not have achieved
victories without having built truly massive movements that were able
to organize repeated and powerful independent mobilizations in the
Why the demonstration in Washington? Because it is the seat of power,
where foreign and domestic policies are decided, where money for war
is allocated, and bailouts of the banking industry and corporate rich
are given away.
Join us in mobilizing the largest possible outpouring of antiwar
opposition built by a united movement on March 21. Let’s march and
continue to march until all U.S. forces come home, U.S. bases are
dismantled, and the sovereign people of the world have the right to
control their own resources and determine their own futures.
To endorse the March 21 March on the Pentagon, please click here.
To send a contribution to support the National Assembly’s work,
please click here.
For more information, please visit the National Assembly’s website at
www.natassembly.org or write natassembly at aol.com or call 216-736-4704.
Christine M. Gauvreau
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West Haven, CT 06516
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