War is not the answer for Afghanistan, or anywhere else.
In solidarity with peace and justice for all,
The PDA National Team
Military Occupation failed again in Afghanistan. America needs a new, progressive foreign policy doctrine.
Recent developments in Afghanistan have confirmed two central tenets of PDA’s longstanding opposition to the 20-year Afghan war and occupation: there is no military solution to terrorism and America should not be in the business of “spreading democracy” at the end of a gun.
In 2001, the Taliban were run out of power by the full force of the U.S. military. In 2021, the Taliban walked back into Kabul, as the billions of dollars spent to train a powerful Afghan army could not convince its soldiers to defend a corrupt government maintained by successive U.S. administrations.
We applaud President Biden for pulling out U.S. troops and not reversing his decision when the Afghan army melted away over the weekend.
In the short term, PDA calls upon the Biden administration to take these steps to mitigate human suffering and promote justice in the region:
- End all bombing raids in Afghanistan;
- Work with the U.N. to establish a humanitarian corridor to provide assistance to the people of the country, from food and water to COVID, and allow refugees to leave the country;
- Keep security personnel and the military deployed at major airports to ensure the safe removal of U.S. nationals, other foreigners, and Afghans seeking sanctuary;
- Follow Canada’s lead and expand the number of Afghan refugees who can settle in the United States.
Long term, PDA will continue our call for accountability for those in our government who make life and death decisions, a wide-eyed assessment of mistakes made, and a reinvestment in non-military approaches to ensuring our national security.
We will also work with our allies to build a more powerful peace movement in the United States, and push the Democratic Party to adopt a 21st-century foreign policy platform based on universal human rights, peace, international prosperity, and harmony with the planet.