Militarism, Mutilation, and Minerals: Understanding the Occupation of Afghanistan

Below is a short film from Cultures of Resistance, featuring renowned Afghan activist, former parliamentarian, and feminist Malalai Joya, among others.

The introduction to the film from the Cultures website:

By mid-2010, the war in Afghanistan had arguably passed Vietnam as the longest war in the history of the United States. At the war’s outset many U.S. citizens supported the invasion as a means of holding responsible those who orchestrated the attack on the World Trade Center. However, as time has passed and more American troops and Afghan civilians die, the U.S. government has struggled to maintain popular support by emphasizing other justifications for continuing the costly occupation. One of the most controversial concerns is the plight of women. Many commentators, some of them Afghan women, argue that the presence of coalition forces in their country has allowed them to be more active in politics and civil society. But not all women agree, and many find the country just as dangerous as ever. Furthermore, some believe that, in reality, the U.S. is far more concerned with the nearly $1 trillion worth of untapped mineral deposits that the U.S. discovered in June 2010. This short film allows women in Afghanistan to give voice to their reasons for opposing an ongoing occupation, and it features an interview with renowned Afghan feminist Malalai Joya.

2 thoughts on “Militarism, Mutilation, and Minerals: Understanding the Occupation of Afghanistan”

  1. The alleged discovery of $1 Trillion dollars worth of minerals was part of a propaganda campaign to stave off calls for withdrawal from Afghanistan. Yes, Afghanistan has minerals, and most of them are now being mined by the Chinese for a fair price.

  2. What he said. The alleged trillion-dollar lode of minerals is a desperate piece of propaganda from Washington, not a lurid ulterior motive for the continuing occupation of Afghanistan.

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