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Syria needs solidarity not imperialist war

Issue No. 2368

 The revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa which exploded from January 2011 challenged the whole world order.

The victims of imperialism and tyranny took the centre stage and began to make history.

Popular mass revolutions are complicated processes. They involve the human agency of sometimes millions of people. 

There can be retreats and setbacks and huge leaps forward as old regimes entrenched for generations are confronted.

The revolutions were the biggest challenge the western powers had faced in decades.

They lost key allies including Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and Hosni Mubarak. Barack Obama and David Cameron denounce these dictators now, but they were willing to work with and fund, them—just like they work with the Saudi rulers today. 

If millions of some of their most impoverished citizens had not risen up and toppled these despotic rulers, the West would have carried on supporting them and their sons after that.

They saw ordinary people merely as the pawns in their game of strategic chess which ensured their power shaped the region.

Ever since the first day of this revolutionary upsurge the Western imperialists have been regrouping so they can get back in control of the region.

Declaring plans to attack Syria is the latest and most dangerous threat.  The US in particular has not been keen until now of getting involved in another conflict.

It has constantly said it will not get dragged into a new war, but is faced with a dilemma.

If it says no one else should be allowed to use chemical weapons and Assad defies them without punishment then the US can look weak internationally.

So despite the worries, the logic of international competition drives the West to intervene. 

But there are also some who genuinely support the revolutions who say,  “Syrians need our support”.

That is true, they do. But a missile attack from the most powerful imperialist nations of the world is not support. 

Imperialist war can never serve humanitarian needs.

We cannot allow our rulers to get away with calling their war a humanitarian gesture.  

They don’t want to support the Syrian people’s struggle for freedom. 

They are only concerned with regaining control and shaping the politics of the region.

The best solidarity we can give the Syrian revolution is to protest to stop our leaders interfering, and to expose the reality of military intervention.

Assad has inflicted terrible crimes against his own people. 

But we cannot allow judgment and punishment from the hypocrites of the West who are the greatest warmongers on the globe.


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