[Marxism] Permanent occupation in Afghanistan

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu May 9 08:56:39 MDT 2013

The United States wants to keep troops at nine bases across Afghanistan, 
the country's president, Hamid Karzai, said on Thursday – a larger 
number than expected given Washington's scaled-back ambitions for 
shaping the country's future.

Karzai, who has often been a fierce critic of the foreign forces that 
have dominated his country for years, was surprisingly conciliatory 
about the prospect of a long-term US presence. Keeping American soldiers 
on the ground was in Afghan interests, he said, as long as the soldiers 
came with support for the Afghan government and economy.

"We can agree to give them the bases – them staying on after 2014 is for 
the good of Afghanistan," Karzai said in a speech at Kabul University. 
"The condition is that they bring peace and security and take action 
quickly … on the basic strengthening of Afghanistan, helping the economy 
of Afghanistan."


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