Historian and Activist Howard Zinn Speaks On the US War Against Afghanistan, US Wars Gone By, and the Prospects for a Humane US Foreign Policy

October 22, 2001

U.S. jets pounded Taliban positions this morning near front lines outside the Afghan capital and a key northern city. The attack came as Sec. of State Gen. Colin Powell, said he wanted to see the Afghan capital captured within the next few weeks before the onset of winter.

This weekend marked the start of the ground war in Afghanistan. More than 200 US commandos and light infantry Rangers landed and fought with Taliban forces near the regime’s spiritual stronghold of Kandahar, and a military airport 60 miles to the southeast.

Meanwhile protests against the US and British attacks against Afghanistan continued around the world — from Belgium to Greece to London, Spain, Thailand, and Indonesia. In Burlington, Vermont this Sunday historian and activist Howard Zinn spoke to more than 1,000 people about the current US war on Afghanistan in the context of previous interventions and the prospects for peace and a humane foreign policy.


  • Howard Zinn, Professor Emeritus of History at Boston University, author of A People’s History of the United States and You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train