[Marxism] Syrian rebels' fury at Israeli bombs - Socialist Worker

Jeff meisner at xs4all.nl
Sat May 11 12:12:24 MDT 2013

I realize that the name of the British SWP has been badly tarnished, and with good reason, but that is beside the point in relation to the developing position of the international IS current on Syria. (I can't say for sure how much this reflects their various sections, but I saw this originally on the Dutch IS webpage which chose to translate it). I am happy to see that perhaps more and more of the left (alas, not a majority) is coming to terms with the realities of the Syrian revolution rather than clinging to their presuppositions regardless of events in full view. As far as I know the SWP (and most others) have not re-evaluated their errors in relation to the Libyan revolution, but fortunately they are willing sacrifice such "consistency" in the face of the current reality.

- Jeff


Syrian rebels' fury at Israeli bombs

    As Israeli planes bomb Damascus and the Assad regime
    begins a bloody new offensive, rebels in Syria are fighting
    to defend their revolution and its independence, reports 
    Simon Assaf

The Israeli airstrike on military installations north of Damascus last week 
marks a dangerous turn for the revolution in Syria.

Israel is trying to take advantage of the growing chaos inside the country 
to knock out weapons destined for Lebanese resistance organization Hizbollah. 

It says these are a “danger to its security”.

Israeli newspapers also dropped hints that it wanted to ensure that these 
missiles would not fall into the hands of Assad’s enemies.

This was the third such attack this year.

The attack coincided with growing calls from the West and its Arab allies to 
establish a “buffer zone” in the south. 

This would be intended to protect Jordan, a key Western ally, as well as the 
border with Israel.

There are also growing fear and confusion over the use of chemical weapons 
and poison gasses—with conflicting claims over which side is using them.

US president Barack Obama warned that the use of these weapons would cross a 
“red line” and trigger foreign intervention.

Any such move would pose a danger to the revolution and the country.

Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria took advantage of the raid to ratchet up 
its “resistance rhetoric”.

It dropped hints that it will now allow select “Palestinian groups” to 
attack Israel from the Golan Heights—the frontline that it has kept quiet 
since 1974.

Assad’s supporters repeat the claim that they are defending the “resistance 

But the morning after the raid, Syrian warplanes resumed their attacks on 
rebel areas. The artillery dug into the hills north of Damascus shelled the 
Yarmouk Palestinian camp and the capital’s poor suburbs.

Revolutionaries have condemned Israel’s attack and accused the regime of 
failing to defend Syria.

The official Syrian Opposition Coalition denounced Assad for “weakening 
Syria in the face of an enemy”.

The Local Coordinating Committees (LCCs) said the “regime alone bears full 
responsibility for the outcome of a country that has become a playground in 
which regional and international powers settle their scores”.

The Israeli attack coincides with a shift in strategy by the embattled 
Syrian regime.

Unable to conquer regions lost to the revolution, Assad has concentrated his 
remaining forces on securing Damascus and a corridor linking it to the coast.

This is a move designed to divide the country along sectarian lines.

In the days before the raid, Assad unleashed a series of brutal sectarian 
massacres on isolated Sunni Muslim villages along the Mediterranean coast.

These followed a massacre in Qusair, a rebel stronghold near the border with 
Lebanon. Hizbollah is heavily implicated in the massacre.

The organisation has become deeply embroiled in the civil war, and broken 
its promise to only use its weapons against Israel. It has sent thousands of 
its fighters into Syria to prop up the regime. 

Hizbollah once enjoyed widespread support. The Israelis are taking advantage 
of its disastrous adventure in Syria to weaken what was once a powerful and 
popular enemy.

The LCCs warned that the “regime is trying to force the country into a 
sectarian war and to become a divided state that has long been a strategic 
goal for Israel.”

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