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(en) Canada Out of Afghanistan! (Flyer: The "Logic" of General Leslie) (MONTREAL)

Date Sat, 23 Sep 2006 10:35:59 +0300


CANADA OUT OF AFGHANISTAN! Solidarity not Charity! - No Justice, No Peace!
> Protest against Canadian war-profiteers! Picket against Canada's presence in Afghanistan!
SATURDAY, September 23rd :: 11AM (sharp!) Hôtel Hilton Bonaventure
Salon Outremont 900, rue de la Gauchetière Ouest (metro Bonaventure)
[The following is the text of the flyer that will be distributed at Saturday's picket in Montreal ...]
> Canada profits from war and occupation Solidarity, not charity CANADA OUT OF AFGHANISTAN!
Afghan President Hamid Karzai is paying a "working visit" to Montreal this
September 23. His visit includes staged meetings with so-called
"development" NGOs, the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations (whose
supporters include notorious Montreal-based war profiteers like
SNC-Lavalin, Bombardier, Pratt & Whitney and Bell Helicopter), as well as
the Canada-Afghanistan Business Council.

Karzai, propelled into power by the United States and protected by US
armed forces, comes to Canada on the invitation of Prime Minister Steven
Harper. His visit is part of an aggressive public relations effort to
build support for Canada's presence in Afghanistan, a presence justified
as part of the so-called "war on terror" and our "responsibility to
protect" failed states.

In an effort dubbed "3-D" – defence, diplomacy, and development – Canada
has engaged soldiers, diplomats and development industry bureaucrats in
what will be a long-term occupation of Afghanistan, along with other NATO
countries.

In October 2001, US-led forces began bombing Afghanistan, an aggressive
war that has continued to this day. Western bombs destroyed large sectors
of Afghanistan, and Afghan civilians have been collectively punished for
crimes they had no part in. As this destructive and racist effort
continues, Western corporations and "development" agencies move in; they
shamelessly call this "reconstruction". Karzai is their cover, like other
puppets have been useful idiots for colonialism and imperialism in the
past.

Bush and Harper propose a false choice between their soldiers or the
Taliban. "Taliban" has become a propaganda term to dismiss any local
resistance to foreign occupation. True social justice comes from direct
solidarity with ordinary Afghani people and their grassroots institutions,
not from accepting the false choices provided by the fundamentalist Bush
and his puppet Harper.

Canada's presence in Afghanistan cannot be isolated from the wider
situation in the Middle East, both historically and contemporarily.
Western powers, led by the US, have consistently, and murderously,
undermined social justice movements, to ensure regimes that will allow
easy access _in_ to American troops, and easy access _out_ of key
resources like oil and natural gas. When Taliban-like forces or dictators
suit Western interests, they are supported; when they make useful enemies,
they become terrorists. The "War on Terror" is a clear pretext for
increased Western economic and military domination in the Middle East.

The "responsibility to protect", Canada's own contribution to American
imperialism, is the justification for Canada's destructive involvement in
Afghanistan, Haiti and elsewhere. This concept is nothing more than the
21st century's version of the "white man's burden", letting Western
economic and military forces create conditions for impoverishment, and
then declaring "failed states" that need the charity of our governments,
corporations and NGOs.

The role of the Canadian military, government, corporations and
development NGOs in Afghanistan is hypocritical, racist, self-serving and
destructive. Instead of shallow pretexts like fighting a "war on terror"
or the "responsibility to protect", we propose genuine solidarity between
peoples, to fight together for social justice and dignity. We are
demanding the immediate withdrawal of all troops, including Canadian
troops, from Afghanistan. And we denounce the complicity of Canadian
corporations and NGOs.

Block the Empire! Montreal
info: bloquezlempiremontreal@resist.ca

THE "LOGIC" OF MAJOR-GENERAL ANDREW LESLIE

Major-General Andrew Leslie is Canada's military
commander in Afghanistan. Commenting in the summer of
2005 on Canada's increasing military presence in
Afghanistan, General Leslie stated: "Afghanistan is a
20-year venture. There are things worth fighting for.
There are things worth dying for. There are things
worth killing for."

In the same speech, he stated: "Every time you kill an
angry young man overseas, you're creating 15 more who
will come after you."

Let's break down the general's logic:

1. Canadian troops will be in Afghanistan for 20 years
2. Canadian troops will be killing people.
3. Every time we kill people more people will want to
kill us.

Sounds like a plan for disaster, mainly for the people
of Afghanistan. No wonder that "reconstruction" and
"development" are being used as cover for Canada's
"killing"; and no wonder Canada's military is being
used as cover for American-led imperialism in the
Middle East.

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Block the Empire! Montreal
info: bloquezlempiremontreal@resist.ca
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