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Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Pakistani Taliban because she did not remain silent about the ongoing crimes and brutalities against women; because, despite her young age, she had the consciousness to stand for her rights and say ‘no’ to the terrorism and misogyny of the creatures of the Stone Age. The world should know that the West, and in particular the U.S. government, have nurtured, supported and armed these dirty inhuman bands for the past three decades.
Today marks 11 years of the unjust war and occupation of Afghanistan. A good time to remember these words from Malalai Joya: “Afghans can govern ourselves without foreign interference. Democracy is possible here but can never be imposed at gunpoint.”
We have a responsibility to commit ourselves to anti-war activism. Joya agrees. She sees a central role for international solidarity. As she says: ‘These Western governments also betray their own people. They’re wasting the blood of their soldiers and their taxes. That’s why you must raise your voice against your own government’s wrong policy. They must end this disgusting war.’
So this ANZAC Day, as beer companies take it over, I’ll be raising a glass – a cup of tea – to Malalai Joya and her message to the Australian and other invaders of her country, Afghanistan. Get out now.
End the occupation of Afghanistan. Bring the dogs home. Bring the troops with them.
The denial of a visa for Malalai Joya was meant to prevent her views from being heard. Hers is a case of what the American Civil Liberties Union calls “ideological exclusion,” the prevention of perspectives that are critical of the U.S. government, from reaching audiences in the U.S. The reality–that crimes against humanity are part of the daily practices of U.S. imperialism–is exactly what the U.S. government is afraid of people learning domestically.
Today the situation for women in Afghanistan is as disastrous as it was under the domination of the Taliban.
Bring the troops home from Afghanistan. Labor, like the Liberals, won’t do that. Only a mass movement like the one the Left built against the Vietnam war can end our participation in this criminal invasion and occupation.
Afghan MP Malalai Joya says that the withdrawal of one enemy – the U.S. occupation forces and the corrupt mafia system of Hamid Karzai – will make it much easier to fight the enemies that are left.