On Thursday April 13, 2017, President Trump dropped a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB), the largest non-nuclear bomb that is referred to as the “mother of all bombs,” on Nangarhar Province in the eastern region of Afghanistan. The number of civilian casualties is unknown, but the blast radius would have been a mile wide with a towering mushroom cloud. Afghans who heard the blast, and who have already endured decades of war, thought that the world had ended.
We are saddened and outraged by this blatant disregard for human life in the hollow pursuit of aggressive control of the region. We understand that this bombing has nothing to do with stabilizing the region and everything to do with the new administration’s advertising of U.S. military might and U.S. domination of Southwest Asia and the Middle East in the wake of the ongoing wars, bombings and airstrikes in Syria, Yemen and Iraq. The war in Afghanistan is the longest in the imperial history of the U.S. and it has brought untold suffering to the Afghan people, who constitute one of the largest refugee populations in the world.
We express our solidarity with all peoples displaced and terrorized by U.S. military interventions. We condemn the continued U.S. drone strikes, bombings, and military occupation of Afghanistan and the Af-Pak border region that are part of a long history of U.S. imperialism in Afghanistan and around the world. The U.S. reign of terror in Afghanistan has continued under both Democrat and Republican regimes, and has involved secret operations, massacres of civilians, torture, imprisonment, devastation of the environment, support for corrupt leaders, and client regimes, all emerging out of the history of the CIA’s role in producing the Islamist forces that became the Taliban. MOAB now takes its place in the tragic history of bombs dropped by the U.S. against Third World countries. These war crimes continue unchecked, their victims remain forgotten and unnamed, and the refugees they displace are turned back at our borders.
We stand in solidarity with the Afghan people, and all peoples facing war, and recognize our responsibility as people living in the United States to protest, resist, raise awareness, and honor the lives lost. We promise to continue our struggles for liberation with a framework of internationalism and anti-imperialism so that we may never forget that our stories intersect and our fates are tied together.
Alliance of South Asians Taking Action (ASATA)
Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC)