U.S. military action in Afghanistan originated in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. That was then. This is now. Reasons for the war have become more cloudy as other factors have developed.
This film looks at domestic pressures and geo-strategic interests that keep the U.S. in the region, and the long history of U.S. foreign interventions that forms the broader context for this war. We also see today’s peace movement continuing another long tradition - popular resistance to war.
Why Are We in Afghanistan? is an educational resource for communities, unions, veterans and active duty military, classes, and anyone who wonders why we are in Afghanistan, and what to do about it.
Written and directed by Michael Zweig
Illustrated by Mike Konopacki
Edited by Trish Dalton
Produced by Trish Dalton, Michael Zweig, and the Center for Study of Working Class Life