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Reprint from Volume 34 Issue #3 of THE WORKER - Newspaper of the Workers Party, U.S.A

U.S. State Department Issues Ultimatum to its Enemies in Afghanistan

March-3, 2020 - In Doha, Qatar on 2/29, the U.S. Occupation presented anew the demand for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan to accept the role of protector of U.S. "national security interests." 


The foreign policy document made available to the public that day expressly defines a U.S. right in future diplomatic relations with the Taliban to seek, "Guarantees and enforcement mechanisms that will prevent the use of the soil of Afghanistan by any group or individual against the security of the United States and its allies." 


How does this serve the class interests of the U.S. monopoly capitalist class?


It does so by duplicating the existing blank check for "preemptive war" handed to the U.S. executive branch which asserts that U.S. imperialism will launch war whenever and wherever it wants. Through the ultimatum, the warmakers are not only falsifying the history of the war in order to hide U.S. imperialism's aggressive aims and monumental crimes against humanity but also are once again declaring that the U.S. government is free to launch war anywhere it labels a "safe haven for terrorists." According to the fascist logic of this U.S. blueprint for world domination, the onus of guaranteeing U.S. interests is on the victims of U.S. aggression. 


The Trump administration's demand that the people of Afghanistan provide guarantees for U.S. "national security interests" tears down the entire edifice of international law. It sets out to render more intractable than ever the plague on humanity that is U.S. imperialism's program of "war against international terrorism." 


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