Communist (Maoist) Party of Afghanistan: Statement on Osama bin Laden’s Death

In my last post I discussed the recent statement that was released by the Communist Party of India (Maoist) and mentioned that it was similar to some of the other international statements that I had read by Maoist forces around the world regarding the death of Osama bin Laden. Thus it is not surprising that the recent statement by the Communist (Maoist) Party of Afghanistan shares many similarities with the CPI(Maoist) statement, although there is one noteworthy difference: the implications of the death of Osama bin Laden on the revolutionary movement in Afghanistan.

The history of the Maoist movement in Afghanistan is deeply intertwined as one can imagine with the growth of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. The pro-Soviet government established in 1978, under the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan, saw the Maoist forces that were under the leadership of the Progressive Youth Organization (PYO), a Maoist organization founded by Akram Yari, as a major threat to their own power and launched a severe campaign of state repression against them. Thousands of Maoists and their allies were killed, and as one could expect resulted in the fracturing of the movement into a number of small groupings. The PDPA then “invited” the Soviet forces into Afghanistan to help prop up their unpopular regime which was now being opposed by both the Maoists and the Islamists. The Maoist forces were themselves divided into two camps: one camp called for unity with the mujahiden against the Soviet imperialist forces and formed the Mujahedin Freedom Fighters Front of Afghanistan (this camp was led by the Afghanistan Liberation Organization (ALO), which itself was a split from the PYO, and is closely related to the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan; the founder of RAWA, Meena Keshwar Kamal, was married to Dr. Faiz Ahmed head of the ALO) and the other that was opposed to both the Soviets and the Islamists alike (this faction called itself the Revolutionary Communist Cell of Afghanistan (RCCA). The RCCA later formed the Revolutionary Communist Organization of Afghanistan, which in 1991 proclaimed the establishment of the Communist Party of Afghanistan, and in 2004 unified with 4 other Maoist organizations to form the Communist (Maoist) Party of Afghanistan).

The Afghan Maoists make it clear that they believe that the death of Osama bin Laden weakens both Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, thus making it easier for the Maoists to attract more forces to the Party. Indeed, the Afghan statement makes it clear that in the wake of bin Laden’s death that it was incumbent on them to expand their movement and that this should not be a missed opportunity. But what is interesting is the underlying implication that Osama bin Laden’s status in the anti-occupation resistance had made it difficult to attract people to the Communist (Maoist) Party of Afghanistan and their ideology. However, I am confident that the duplicity of the Taliban (some sections of the Taliban have been negotiating with the Americans), the death of their inspirational leader and the articulation of a Maoist analysis of the situation and the way out of said situation will better enable the Afghan Maoists to grow their forces and capacity.

Forward towards Initiating and Carrying Forward the People’s Revolutionary War of National Resistance!

The actual pretext for America and its allies’ imperialist military onslaught to invade and occupy Afghanistan on October 7, 2001 was to kill or arrest Osama bin Laden, who was suspected as the real mastermind behind the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. During the past ten years of the war of aggression, and the presence of the occupying forces in Afghanistan that have continued under this pretext or others, tens of thousands of people have lost their lives and thousands of the poor huts of the wretched villagers have been destroyed.

But finally it became clear that bin Laden was not in Afghanistan but in Pakistan, close to this country’s capital, Islamabad, and beside the country’s biggest military training center––a training center for a military that is a vassal of the American imperialists and their allies. Apparently, a small group of 14 American special forces with three helicopters–and definitely with the close cooperation of the Pakistani armed forces–attacked bin Laden’s residence on the early morning of May 1, 2011 and killed him, along with one of his sons, and some of his close associates after a limited fire-fight. Immediately after this assault, Barack Obama announced the “American victory” with tympani and cockalorum.

American imperialists and their allies consider bin Laden’s death a big victory for themselves. Now they show off their power even more than before, pretending that no force can resist them. If we look at this claim from a short term tactical perspective then there is no doubt that it possesses some truth. They have eliminated one of America’s current “dangerous enemies” and so cannot avoid boasting about this victory. If we take a deeper look at this issue, however, the imperialists’ strategic weakness and fault can clearly be seen within their current tactical triumph.

First, it should be said that bin Laden was the product of their work: he was trained, organized and armed by them. His benefactors should have been able to easily eliminate such a rebellious one-time agent, just as the Soviet social-imperialists were easily able to eliminate Hafizullah Amin. Spending hundreds billions of dollars and enduring thousands of casualties in a prolonged effort, that stretched over a decade, just to kill a rebellious ex-agent cannot be a sign of strategic strength and power.

Over the past decade hundreds of al Qaeda operatives and leaders have been arrested or killed in Pakistan; the murder of bin Laden is the latest incident in a long process that no doubt will continue. And yet, all through this period–except from the start of the war on October 7, 2001 until the end of the operations in Tora Bora–very few of al Qaeda’s well-known leaders or operatives were killed or arrested in Afghanistan. Therefore, we can confidently say that the occupying forces in Afghanistan were not truly busy in directly combating al Qaeda. The murder of al Qaeda’s leader in Pakistan more than ever illustrates the fact that the decade-long presence of the invading and occupying imperialist forces in Afghanistan are not about the September 11, 2001 incident and in fighting against the leading organization of that incident and the leader of that organization. That accident was only used as an excuse and cover for the imperialist aggression and the occupation of Afghanistan.

Now after the death of bin Laden in Pakistan we can – and must – intensify and expand the struggle and resistance against the occupiers, specifically the struggle against the American imperialists’ plans for establishing permanent military bases in the country. Now the support for the struggle and resistance against occupiers can and must increase more than before, nationally and internationally, including in the public opinion within the imperialist countries.

Unquestionably, the murder of bin Laden will, to a certain extent, result in the global weakening of al Qaeda and the Taliban movement in Afghanistan.  But this will be the weakening of the reactionary resistance against American imperialism and its allies. We should strive to use such a development in the service of expanding and strengthening the different forms of the national resistance and struggles centered on initiating and carrying forward the people’s revolutionary war of national resistance against the occupiers and their satraps in the country. Only then can we decrease the impact of bin Laden’s death in the outbreak of the national capitulationist tendencies within the ranks of the Taliban and only then we can intensify, broaden and deepen the resistance against the occupiers.

Down with imperialist occupiers and their puppet regime!
Forward towards Initiating and Carrying Forward the People’s Revolutionary War of National Resistance!

Communist (Maoist) Party of Afghanistan
May 4, 2011


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