The question is not whether President Assad is a tyrant. The question is whether the present drive to overthrow him is the result of ground-level Syrian uprising, or the result of US and European/Mid-Eastern intervention in the affairs of yet another foreign nation.
Several days ago, viner Paul Kennedy published an article saying it's time for Syrian President, Bashar Hafez al-Assad, to go.
Mr. Kennedy isn’t alone. Powerful voices and direct actions are behind the clamor for Assad's fall.’ As with Iraq, so now for Syria.
I visited Mr. Kennedy’s article and commented that perhaps it was ‘time’ we refused to jump on the US band wagon for war whenever it rolled into town. After all, the same ploy was used in the onset of to the US’ war ON Iraq.
Mr. Kennedy replied tersely and possibly [I’m not a mind reader] arrogantly, asking if I’d heard of something called the ‘Free Syrian Army.’
At that, I decided to document over several months the persistent drumbeat for war by the US, major European powers, and their compliant allies in the Middle East, as they laid the preparatory ground work for yet another discretionary violent intervention. The result conforms to a well-established prelude to war that we know too well.
This ought to lead us to challenge the unspoken [false] premise that the current drive to displace President Assad is an act of self-liberation by Syrian people. The anti-Assad campaign is anything but independent mass action for Syrian self-liberation.
My post on Mr. Kennedy’s article provided 36 links. Mr. Kennedy’s response was to take down the article. I can only speculate on Mr. Kennedy’s motives for doing this. But in any case, I have found few who will challenge the official motive for war ON Syria.
Since I saved my work before posting to Mr. Kennedy’s article, it is an easy thing for me to present the same work as my own article. This seems propitious since Democrats, progressives, 'liberals' and the professional ‘Left’ refuse [so far as I know] to question the premise of yet another imperial war by the US and allies to extend capitalist hegemony, seize resources for profit, and to continue the process of encircling China. Likely, that would be the prelude for a [disastrous] war on China.
The following material is presented as it was posted on viner Paul Kennedy’s article re: President Assad, and the coming, undeclared war ON Syria. All links are to the World Socialist Web Site, and they occur roughly in chronological order, the first links being the most dated. Please pursue the material below and then respond to the poll.
Dear Paul Kennedy:
No Free Syrian Army exists. The decision for war was made before any credible opposition existed. The ‘rebels’ were in disarray. Then the US, the major European countries and their Arab allies put support for war all around it. The press sold it until public opinion became problematic. But the drive for war continued with Turkey offering itself for the role of prime regional belligerent. This was not lost on Muslims or decent Turks as my last link in this post will show. Meanwhile, I substantiate my claim that the war ON Syria is entirely the work of the US and of Western powers thusly:
- Obama threatens to invade Syria.
- Washington and its allies work to destabilize Lebanon.
- US war threats against Syria.
- French President Hollande meets US-backed Syrian ‘opposition’.
- President Hollande calls for a Syrian opposition government.
- US, UK and France threaten military intervention against Syria.
- France, Turkey push for Syrian no-fly zone at UN.
- US escalates CIA intervention on Syrian-Turkish border.
- US scuttles Syria negotiations, backs anti-Assad forces at UN.
- US resumes proxy war on Syria, Aleppo burns.
- In bellicose speech, Romney outlines bipartisan drive to war.
- The New York Times promotes the Syrian contras.
- Pentagon readies for wider war, deploys task force in Jordan.
- Australian foreign minister suggests “assassination” of Syrian leaders.
- Turkey’s hijacking of Syrian plane anticipates wider war.
- US intelligence admits arming Al Qaeda, Islamists against Syria.
- New Zealand government calls for war against Syria.
- Turkey leads US-sponsored military encirclement of Syria.
- Fighting erupts between US-backed “rebels” and Syrian Kurds.
- Israel launches missile strike against Syria.
- After the US election, Syria war threats mount.
- US-backed Syrian ’rebels’ in disarray at Qatar conference.
- Washington seeks new Syrian puppets in war for regime-change.
- Mounting evidence of US plans for military intervention against Syria.
- Syrian “rebels” establish unified military command.
- Washington ‘discovers’ terrorists in Syria.
- Australian pseudo-left backs imperialist intervention in Syria.
- US, European powers put Syria in the crosshairs.
- US tightens military noose around Syria.
- US Led ‘Friends of Syria’ demands Assad cede to Islamist opposition.
- Israel considers attack on Syria.
- US raises specter of Al Qaeda seizing Syrian chemical weapons.
It is beyond all contestation that this coming conflagration is the work of the US capitalist class and the bourgeois in Europe and Middle East. Moreover, everything here fits the pattern of international malfeasances and war crimes for which the filth of the Pentagon, the White House, the Republicrat Party, reformers, progressives and the so-called ‘Left’ are so renown.
Now don’t be upset by any of this. The ruling bourgeois class and its seditious little sycophants will still get their war. They just need to be sure that the task of world domination is completed before the 99% discovers its role as the real opposition to the 1% and government that is 100% dedicated to the 1%. Sure. You fool many people now. A few, you don’t fool at all. My job is to change the ratios. Your job is to hinder that. At least we’re clear on where things stand.
PS: Tens of thousands of anti-war protesters in Istanbul declared opposition to Turkey’s participation in a war on Syria. As always, it is the ruling bourgeois class that exchanges blood for profit and power, while the little people just want to get on with their lives. One day, perhaps they will. But not until political power and the means of production and distribution have been put in working class hands where they belong.