Malalai says the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan is a "big lie" -- because there will still be the remaining effects of militarization - especially the nine U.S. bases.
During the NATO summit in Chicago 18 months ago, I listed some of the steps that must be taken to reverse the U.S. militarization of Afghanistan.
- no more drones
- no special forces "trainers"
- close the proliferation of bases
- withdraw contractors/mercenaries
- clean up the detention mess
- and much more ....
Malalai refers often to the problem of warlords and corruption in Afghanistan. By creating a situation in which every problem is addressed through the use of weapons, force, and violence, the U.S. has assured that military leaders ("warlords") will always hold the reins of power in Afghanistan.
As Malalai explained, the U.S. has now saddled Afghanistan with a massive force of "dollar soldiers" that neither provides for real order and security nor represents a sustainable model for the national economy.
Malalai will speak again tonight at Grace Place (637 S Dearborn, Chicago) at 7:00 p.m. Everyone who wants to understand what it will take to reverse the effects of U.S. militarism around the world should come participation in the discussion.
(See 5 Questions for Malalai on Afghanistan )
(See DEMILITARIZE Afghanistan)
(See How About a REAL (Tea) Party? SHUT DOWN THE MILITARY BASES! )