Ohio State Labor Party Draft Resolution on Afghanistan for Consideration by National Assembly

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Resolution on Afghanistan

Submitted by the Ohio State Labor Party to the Dec. 4-6, 2009 USLAW National Assembly

WHEREAS from its inception USLAW has adhered to a principled and consistent position demanding the immediate withdrawal of all U.S. military forces from Iraq; and

WHEREAS the same government that is waging the war and occupation of Afghanistan is waging the war and occupation of Iraq; and

WHEREAS it is certainly correct to say that the war against Iraq is a “bad” war but it is incorrect to say that the war against Afghanistan is a “good” war; and

WHEREAS it follows that USLAW should call for the immediate withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, the same as it calls for their withdrawal from Iraq; and

WHEREAS the Wisconsin AFL-CIO adopted a statement of policy regarding Afghanistan, which says “We need to stop the war in Afghanistan and focus the nation’s attention on the fight for jobs, education, health care and pensions”; and

WHEREAS the Troy Area Labor Council AFL-CIO unanimously adopted a resolution calling upon the AFL-CIO to organize a national march on Washington for Peace, Jobs and Health Care Justice, “to stop the wars and to use the resources freed up to end the jobs and health care crisis here at home”; and

WHEREAS for USLAW to adopt positions calling for an “exit strategy” or a “drawing down of the troops” or limiting USLAW to just opposing any further escalation -- which would leave in place the tens of thousands of troops currently in Afghanistan -- would sanction continuation of the war and occupation for an unspecified period of time and a continuation of the killings; and

WHEREAS such positions would legitimize the continuation of the war and occupation and also violate the right to self-determination of the Afghani people; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED that USLAW demands the immediate withdrawal of all U.S. military forces, contractors and mercenaries from Afghanistan and the immediate shutting down of all U.S. military bases in that country.