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Malalai Joya, Afghan politician and activist, Kabul
Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies, Washington D.C.

Malalai Joya, world renowned civil rights activist and former member of the Afghan parliament who is forced to live underground because of threats to her live, speaks about the realitiy of the occupation from the point of view of Afghans and especially Afghan women. NATO and U.S.forces have killed thousands of innocent civilians like in Kunduz and installed a warlord system, she says. The Afghans have protested against it. But nobody would listen to them. The Karzai government in Kabul goes along with the crimes. Joya: It's a corrupt puppet regime of the occupiers.

Today less than one hundred al-Queda members are left in Afghanistan. On the other site 250.000 troops and mercenaries are stationed there in toto by the U.S. and Nato. The war has never been a war on terror but waged out of strategic interests, says Phyllis Bennis. The actual targed of the U.S. is Pakistan. In face of the sovereign debt crisis in the States the demand must be to bring the war dollars home. The troops should be withdrawn as soon as possible, reparations must be paid and a regional diplomacy initiated.