The savagery and barbarity of US imperialism is once again to be unleashed on the people of the Third World. This time the target is the people of Syria.
For two years they have suffered the bloodiest civil war imposed on them by regime-changers – principally the Western powers led by US, Britain and Israel.
Now the imperative to overthrow Bashar Assad’s regime has reached fever pitch. Israel has made it a pre-condition of diplomatic talks with the Palestinians that Assad should be replaced by a regime which will agree to a Camp David-type treaty. US Secretary of State John Kerry, a presidential failure, has staked his career on the Israel-Palestinian talks and that is why he is leading the US war party against Assad. He sees Assad’s overthrow as the key to achieving Israel’s participation in current negotiations over Palestine.
Assad put his regime in the firing line when he rejected a treaty with Israel and refused to surrender the Golan Heights which remains under Israeli military occupation.
He declared that Damascus would always remain part of the Syrian homeland and a treaty with Israel was out of the question while Palestinian rights were being violated and a homeland denied. After that, his days were numbered.
The immediate pretext for imperialism’s aggression is last week’s reported use of chemical weapons against the people of Damascus.
Not a shred of proof has been made public showing who was responsible – the Assad regime or the murderous militias of the so-called Free Syrian Army.
What if an Al Qaeda affiliate or a Salafist gang stored a swag of toxic chemicals in the basement of a Damascus building and it was hit by Syrian artillery or air force bombs? That would release fatal fumes into the civilian population – but would it constitute a war crime by Assad?
When Obama declared that Washington’s “red line” was the use of chemical weapons, it was only a matter time before the fabrication of a chemical war attack became a media “reality”.
Backed by unlimited funds from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, and with the technical backing of the CIA, Mossad and Britain’s special forces, the chemical warfare story has been created, filmed and broadcast around the world.
These murderous forces are now rushing to implement their military savagery before their threadbare narrative unravels.
Washington has constant satellite surveillance, electronic eavesdropping and spy networks throughout Syria. That’s what the NSA is for. Does anyone seriously believe that Washington doesn’t know precisely how chemical gas came to be released in Damascus, currently the most intensively spied-on city in the world?
Having blundered into Iraq and Afghanistan killing hundreds of thousands of civilians and creating millions of refugees, the bloodstained imperialists have found a new “cause” to fuel their war economies and divert attention from rising unemployment at home, poverty and community disintegration.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Foreign Minister Bob Carr, both paid-up stooges for Washington, stand ready to give a blank cheque to the US-led onslaught – another reason why they will be punished at the September 7 election.
The imminent attack on the Syrian people is a sign not of imperialism’s strength but of its desperation and moral bankruptcy.
Activists should consider popular mass action around the following demands:
• No US-UK military attack on Syria;
• Stop all arms and funds to the Syrian militias;
• Declare Syria a humanitarian crisis zone and send a UN peace corps numbering tens of thousands of volunteers from member states.
• Rebuild the ancient cities of Damascus, Aleppo and other cities and towns destroyed by the war.