Syria and the hazard (the West)

Don't bomb Syria

Britain, the US and France has stepped up their rhetorics and are leading the calls for action against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. This came after a chemical attack which killed hundreds of civilians in Damascus last week. It is obvious to anyone who has any knowlegde on imperialism and the vital geopolitical interests of the West in the Middle East, that an attac on Syria will not be carried out because of worries about the suffering of the syrian people. It has not been the case for the West before and it will not be the case this time either. It will not be anything else but an excuse for military action. Just take a look back at the history of the running up to the wars on Serbia, Iraq and Libya!

The West is not interested in the needs of the Syrian people, whose revolution for freedom and democracy began in February 2011. The barbaric response from Assad’s regime has killed more than 100,000 Syrians. Many more have become refugees. Any intervention by the Western imperialist powers will only make the situation worse—as the experience of Libya shows. A Western bombing campaign did not improve the lives of ordinary Libyans. Airstrikes on Syria will cause civilian casualties. They could even strengthen Assad as he presents himself as standing up to imperialism.

Western powers are no strangers to the use of chemical weapons. From carpet bombing Vietnam with Agent Orange to the use of white phosphorus in Fallujah in Iraq in 1988 (the West supplyed Saddam Hussein with chemical weapons in the Iraq-iranian war). They have often crossed this “red line” themselves.

The taste of defeat in Afghanistan and Iraq lingers. Western politicians say they want to carry out a one-off attack. But they are terrified of becoming embroiled in another long and bloody war.
The West has significant firepower in the region. It can launch missiles without any aircraft entering Syrian airspace. But western leaders know that taking on the Syrian military is a much greater task than they faced in Libya. That is why there have been plenty of declarations of intent, but as yet no open military action.

Britains primier Cameron and US president Obama say they only want to help those fighting for democracy. Yet their closest allies in the region include Saudi Arabia, which has recently crushed dissent in Bahrain. In reality they are only interested in pursuing their own strategic interests. Supporting the revolution means keeping their hands off it!

As Bassem Chit, a revolutionary socialist in Lebanon, put it, “Socialists should not fall in the trap of choosing between the two tragedies of imperialism and dictatorship. “The Syrian people and all Arab people can only be free once we all stand in unison, from the Gulf to the Ocean, against dictatorships and imperialism.”


Statement from Syrian revolutionary socialists: ‘Our revolution has no friend but the people’

(The Revolutionary Left Current in Syria issued a statement after the East Ghouta massacre. This is an edited extract, from the socialistworker.)
The Revolutionary Left Current in Syria

After more than two years, it is no longer possible to count the martyrs, wounded, detainees, displaced and refugees.

It is the tragedy of a people revolting for freedom from a dictatorship that serves the interests of a narrow bourgeois clique.

Our revolution has no sincere ally—except the popular revolutions of the region and the world, and all the militants struggling against ignorance, servitude and exploitation.

Yet our rebellious people defeat the tyrants and punish their crimes. We bury our dead and will look after our wounded. We will only be more resolute in our struggle.

No to Washington! No to Moscow! Victory to the revolution and all the power and wealth to the people!

Full statement at

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