The Antiwar Working group of the Students for a Democratic Society
(SDS) strongly condemns the September 4 Kunduz massacre perpetrated by
the United States-led coalition in Afghanistan. Under the pretext of
supposed “Taliban hijackers”, US warplanes bombed the northern Afghan
village of Omar Kheil, killing at least 90 civilians and injuring many
While horrifying, this is only the latest in a long series of war
crimes and atrocities by the US in Afghanistan. On May 4, a similar
strike in western Farah province resulted in 147 civilian deaths. “The
US occupation is a disaster for Afghanistan, just like it is for Iraq.
The Afghani people will never have stability and peace until the US
leaves”, said UMN SDSer Stephanie Taylor.
This is a brutal war and it is based on lies. This war has nothing to
do with fighting terrorism, and everything to do with the long-term
control of strategic resources in Central Asia for the benefit of the
US ruling class and its allies. As Jenae Stainer, an SDS organizer in
Tuscaloosa, Alabama put it, “Our government wants to keep us ignorant
about the real reasons and true costs of war both at home and in
Afghanistan. That is why organizing to stop the war is so important.”
At the 2009 National Convention of the Students for a Democratic
Society, a resolution to mark the 8th anniversary of the war in
Afghanistan was passed unanimously. On October 7th, SDS chapters
around the country will be organizing protests, actions and
educational activities to raise awareness on campus about the
continuing war in Afghanistan. Students for a Democratic
Society is urging students and youth across the country to participate
in whatever way they can.
Organizers are calling for the billions that are wasted on empire
building abroad to be used to for providing jobs, health care, and
education at home instead. Daniel Jaeckle-Ginsberg, a Milwaukee SDSer
said: “With our economy in recession, and our university budget in
crisis, Milwaukee SDS will be demanding, ‘Fund Education, Not
The SDS Anti-War Working Group exists to help coordinate national SDS
anti-war activity. For more information, please contact Chapin Gray at
251.605.7780. More information, reports, and organizing materials are
available on the SDS Antiwar Working Group’s homepage at
U.S. Out of Afghanistan Now!
Fund Education, Not Occupation!