Defend Syria Against US/UN/NATO Imperialist Attack! U.S./U.N./NATO Hands off Syria! U.S./UN/NATO Out of the Middle East!
Once again, the world’s #1 terrorist nation – the United States – is poised to attempt a “military solution” to a political situation, this time in Syria. Syria – one of the world’s oldest nation-states, with a history going back at least to the 3rd millennium B.C.- is embroiled in a war between the nationalist, capitalist autocratic Assad government and a hodgepodge of fake “rebel” groups organized by the US/NATO imperialist countries, comprising a broad spectrum of domestic dissenters and external forces, including some right-wing Muslim fundamentalists from outside of Syria allegedly “linked’ to Al Qaeda.
There are numbers of intelligence operatives from the U.S. and other NATO countries working among the elements of the “Free Syrian Army” in order to determine which factions to support financially and militarily and which to kill off. The U.S. CIA has been busy trying to bribe select leaders of the “Free Syrian Army”, carefully lining up for bribes only those who support the idea of and who agree to create a new regime in Syria that will help the US capitalist class pursue the goals of U.S. imperialism in Syria and throughout the Middle East. All other groups will be starved of funds and munitions and will, if necessary, be physically eliminated if they become an obstacle to the goals of U.S. imperialism.
Unlike Libya, where there are many different tribes of people living all over the country, each with different religious and cultural identities that have brought them into conflict for generations, in Syria, the people are a quite homogeneous population, with over 90% being indigenous Syrian Arabs. This is to be expected in a country which has a 5,000 year history and whose capital city, Damascus, is “the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world” [Source for both statements: Wikipedia: “Syria”].
Significantly, the Syrian Communist Party – Bakdash (one of the few working-class parties in Syria at least nominally dedicated to the overthrow of the capitalist system) does NOT support the overthrow of the Assad regime by the so-called “rebels” and claims that THERE IS NO CIVIL WAR GOING ON IN SYRIA!
In an interview published by the Communist Party of Turkey earlier this year, Syrian Communist Party leader Adel Omar made the following characterization of the situation in Syria: “First and foremost, as the Syrian Communist Party, we believe that the course of events in Syria is neither a revolution nor a civil war. It is very clear that what has been taking place in Syria has been in accordance with the imperialist plans. It is not possible for us to define a process where NATO has been involved as a revolution. Besides, it is not the case that different sectors of the people of Syria are fighting one another. On the contrary, our people are resisting the imperialist forces together.”
Asked by the interviewer if the Communists are being targeted by the forces of the “Free Syrian Army”, Comrade Omar had this to say:
“Yes […] [t]he terrorist groups were behind a series of attacks targeting us including the bombing of our central office in Damascus. When they attacked our central office, they were not able to score a direct hit, but the building next to us was heavily damaged.
“In Aleppo, the terrorist groups attacking the area of Sheikh Maksoud, which is mainly Kurdish, have primarily targeted the homes of Communist Party members.
“Unfortunately, three female comrades were murdered in these attacks. There are many other members who were targeted but were saved by luck since they were not home at the time of these attacks.
“We are going through a war that though difficult and serious at times cannot be taken lightly. But we are determined to continue with our struggle. To begin with, in imperialist attacks toward a homeland, history shows us that the communists have primary responsibility for resisting and organizing this resistance. As Syrian communists, the duty to struggle for our homeland lies first and foremost on our shoulders. This is our responsibility.”
[Source: “Syrian Communist explains responsibility to defend the homeland”, published by the Party for Socialism and Liberation’s (PSL) “Liberation News”, 31 May, 2013]
This report shows the depth of the propaganda effort being made by the US capitalist class’ wholly-owned news media to spread the lie that the situation in Syria is a civil war. This lie is being used to convince workers in the US, Europe and around the world to support efforts to overthrow the Assad regime by falsification of the real situation on the ground in Syria. The U.S. capitalist class – led by just over 400 billionaires who own 50% of the wealth in the United States – can not tell the truth about what their goals are in Syria: if they did, no one on the planet would support them. So, as they did in Afghanistan in the late 1970s, they must create a fake “civil war” between the “downtrodden rebels” and the “evil dictatorship” of the central government in order to mask their own goals in Syria – which, as in Iraq, undoubtedly have more than a little to
do with the fact that there is a lot of oil under the desert sands of Syria. 90% of Syrian oil exports go to Europe; by seizing this strategic oil reserve, the US capitalist class and its partners in crime in Great Britain hope to lock Germany, Russia and Japan out of the Middle Eastern oil fields. [With nuclear power plants being shut down all over Europe and Japan, the need for oil to supply those countries with electricity is increasing with every passing day. Japan, which had imported tons of uranium during the ’90s to make it energy independent now faces – in the wake of the Fukushima disaster and the resulting anti-nuclear backlash – an immediate need for alternative resources of energy.]
The United States has created a situation that is capable of rapidly spinning out of its “control” by threatening to bomb Syria. Interimperialist rivalries are clearly exposed in the Middle East: in spite of their temporary alliance in NATO, the interests of Germany and the US/UK are directly counterposed there. Add to that the antagonisms between Russia, China, Japan and US/NATO and you have a very explosive situation. Whether or not this current military adventure of the US in Syria leads immediately to World War III or not, the continued assertion of the US capitalist class that it has the “right” to seize military control of the world’s oil supply can only be seen by Germany, Russia, China and Japan as a direct threat to their own nations’ long-term economic and political well-being. The result of this unprovoked attack by the US in Syria – if it does not cause WWIII right now – will be to bring the world that much closer to World War III over the long run. We can guarantee that the German and Japanese governments will begin to rapidly build up their own offensive military capabilities in order to ensure that their access to crucial deposits of raw materials that lie outside their borders will not be jeopardized by their imperialist rival the United States. Japan, in fact, just launched the first aircraft carrier it has built since World War II. Of course, the Japanese capitalist class claims that this aircraft carrier is “only” for “self defense” against China. But aircraft carriers are not defensive weapons; they are used to project military force overseas, to defend the foreign investments of the capitalist class of that nation that owns that particular aircraft carrier. They are the physical reality of the fact that “inter-imperialist rivalries” are not merely product of the morbid fantasies of communist propagandists – like us! – but are all too real. History shows us how economic wars end up in shooting wars. Unless the working classes of the United States, Germany, the UK, Japan and Russia overthrow “their own” capitalist classes and seize power in the name of the working class, the sand in the hourglass that measures the length of time left to us to stop World War Three from happening will continue to run out.
Liberals are making their usual oinking noises about “waiting for the U.N. to do its job” of “impartially” inspecting the sites of the alleged Syrian government’s deployment of sarin gas against its own civilians. (In fact it is entirely possible that the “Syrian rebels” were the ones who possessed that stockpile of sarin gas – as the U.N. ALREADY discovered earlier this year in another case of the use of poison gas – read “UN’s Carla Del Ponte says there is evidence rebels ‘may have used sarin’ in Syria” ] We, Trotskyists as we are, are dedicated to the principle of “always telling the truth to the workers, no matter how harsh”; and so we wish to tell the truth about the U.N. to the workers of the world: the U.N. is not a peace-making organization but a war-mongering organization completely controlled by the United States and run largely for the benefit of U.S. imperialism. Created during the Cold War at a time when all the capitalists of the world were united in their opposition to the “spread of communism” when the USSR was in existence, the U.N. is nothing but a temporary alliance of imperialist rivals during the armed truce between them that has existed since 1945. The collapse of the Soviet Union removed a large portion of the reason for existence of that truce – especially where Germany is concerned. Since the collapse of the USSR, we have seen Germany asserting its “right” to rule over Europe as that continent’s most powerful capitalist class-run nation state. The German-banker-dominated “European Union” is a direct threat to U.S. imperialism’s role as “the world’s policeman”. The U.N. is rapidly becoming an annoyance to both the US and the German imperialists and a hindrance to their simply having their way with the world’s people and natural resources. The U.N., like the League of Nations before it, will prove to be nothing more than a fig leaf barely covering the growing economic antagonisms between its members. This temporary alliance of mortal enemies will be cast aside when it is necessary for these rival imperialist powers to once again battle it out for access to markets and natural resources with means “other than politics”. The U.N. is a thin veil under which the crimes of the US/NATO imperialist powers are ruthlessly carried out – and we Marxists have always seen right through it – even if you who remain deluded by the U.N.’s pretense to defend “freedom”, “democracy” and “human rights” can not.
It is crucially important that the working class begin immediately to create revolutionary workers parties to lead the struggle to wrest the military weapons out of the hands of the capitalist class and use them to overthrow capitalism before it is too late.
Workers of the World, Unite!
Independent Workers Party of Chicago
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