Created: Thursday, 20 July 2017 11:49
Written by Eddie Abrahams
A new path for socialism? Revolutionary renewal in the Soviet Union and Cuba – from
FRFI 85, March 1989
The withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan, which was completed on 15 February 1989, represents a serious setback for the country's democratic and progressive forces. It has substantially reduced the ability of the PDPA (People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan) to resist the counter-revolutionary Mojahedin.
The imperialists are gloating. They are predicting and, indeed, working to bring about the collapse of President Najibullah's government. As Soviet troops withdrew, British and US imperialists, hoping to whip up popular opposition to the government, prevented desperately needed UN food aid reaching Kabul. In breach of the Geneva agreements, President Bush has just advanced the Mojahedin another $200m to continue its reactionary war against the Afghan government.
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