Wednesday, October 14, 2009
7:30pm - 9:30pm
UNCC, After Hours (UNCC map)
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
As we approach the eighth anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan, the concept of "victory" remains more undefined and less tangible than ever. After a particularly violent summer, U.S. public support of "the Good War" is at an all-time low. Obama himself, surrounded as he is by Bush-era military brass, seems to be growing more ambivalent. Yet the dilemma, as articulated by his administration, is merely a matter of troop levels. We need to begin strongly speaking out against the absurd occupation of a country that has never been subdued militarily in the history of civilization.
Robert Greenwald's new documentary "Rethink Afghanistan" is a fresh, frontlines chronicle of this quagmire. It seeks out those perspectives which U.S. generals have consistently failed to take into account: those of the Afghani people, as well as voices of dissent from former troops and members of the CIA. What is really at stake here? Are the Afghani people truly any safer because of our bombardments and our proxy government in Kabul? Are we?
We'll be screening the film at around 7:30. Stick around for a lively discussion afterwards with members of Charlotte ISO and SDS about Afghanistan, Pakistan and U.S. imperialism.