After World War II, civil war and insurrection during the fragile post-war period in Europe was averted by large-scale projects which employed large numbers of men and women in projects which rebuilt the war-torn infrastructure. Today Afghan society faces the same conditions. A report of the Royal United Services Institute in 2008 called hunger and starvation the greatest threat to Afghanistan, and as recently as 2008, unforgivably eight years into the occupation, people were eating grass in Bamyan Province to stave off hunger. Since that time, little has changed.
With Afghans having been abandoned once already by U.S. imperialists seeking to give the Russians "their own Vietnam" in the Eighties, this film shows that U.S. security interests are served not by a continuing military presence, nor by the arming of government forces, but by nation-building, which would cost a mere 5% of the cost of military operations, and save the U.S. taxpayer hundreds of billions of dollars. Afghanistan's mineral resource wealth should be nationalized until a strong resource extraction law is in place.
The focus is on giving Afghans the tools, wages, and technical assistance to rebuild the water and irrigation infrastructure with their own labor, a key to an economy which has always been based on agriculture and trade. The Pakistani-based Taliban which controls the opium trade pays $10 a day to fighters facing a chronic unemployment rate of 50 percent. The bungled U.S. reliance on American contractors for projects which do not meet priorities, and enrich the contractors, has led to an increase in the popularity of the Taliban.
The success of Afghans at ejecting foreign occupiers is legendary and a point of national pride. The tragedy is many Afghans looked forward to work and rebuilding their country in 2001, in toleration of a short and benign foreign presence. That presence has turned into a bloody occupation in which Afghan men disappear into secret prisons, and airborne drones fire into dwellings with civilians.
Filmed in Kabul in 2009 by a pair of independent filmmakers who traveled to interview unemployed Afghan men. See and hear them up close in the squares where they gather by the thousands looking for work, and struggle to feed their families.
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