The Afghan Stalinist coup d'état of April 1978
had enormous consequences. It led to the Russian
invasion of Afghanistan on 25 December, 1979, and
then to a war in which six million Afghans were
made refugees, and millions more killed, before
the Russians eventually withdrew in disarray and
Afghanistan fell prey to Islamist militias.
Quite a few working class militants in Britain
who wanted to "tear the head off capitalism"
supported the Russian army in Afghanistan. That
was foolish. We opposed the invasion and called
for Russian withdrawal. We supported the
self-determination of the peoples of Afghanistan
against Russian Stalinism.
Afghanistan and the shape of the 20th century, Workers' Liberty 2/2