The bomb which ripped through the British Council building in Kabul came with a clear message: the troops must be withdrawn, and Afghanistan must once again have independence from the British and US empires.
When right-wingers clamour for a smaller state, there is always one area which is exempt from budget cuts: the army. While the US is on the verge of bankruptcy, it still spends billions on imperialist wars.
Brian Haw, world renowned peace activist, has died. His peace camp outside the British parliament was a beacon for anti-war campaigners across the world throughout the ten years of the "war on terror".
How much longer can the British and US governments maintain the fiction that the war in Afghanistan is, in the words of former UK defence minister Des Browne, one of the most noble causes of the 21st century?