[Marxism] Self-Organization of the popular struggles in Syria against the regime and islamist groups? Yes, it exists! | Syria Freedom Forever – سوريا الحرية للأبد

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Sep 8 16:15:59 MDT 2013

For more than two years, the majority of observers analyzes the Syrian 
revolutionary process in geopolitical terms, from above, and ignores the 
popular political and socio-economic dynamics at the bottom. The threats 
of a Western intervention have only reinforced this idea of an 
opposition between two camps: The Western states and the Gulf monarchies 
on one side, Iran, Russia and Hezbollah on the other. We refuse to 
choose between these two camps, we refuse this logic of the “least 
harmful [evil]” which will only lead to the loss of the Syrian 
revolution and its objective: democracy, social justice and the 
rejection of sectarianism. Our support goes to the revolutionary people 
fighting for its freedom and emancipation. Indeed, only a people 
fighting will allow not only the fall of the regime, but also the 
creation of a secular democratic state and the emergence of social 
justice.  A society respecting and guaranteeing each and everyone’s 
right to practice their religion and respecting their equality without 
discriminating against them on the basis of religion, ethnic background, 
gender, etc.

Only masses developing their own mobilization potential can realize 
change through their collective action. This is the abc of revolutionary 
politics. But this abc, today, faces a profound skepticism from numerous 
leftist milieus in the West. We are told that we are taking our desires 
for realities, that there may have been an early revolution in Syria two 
years and a half ago, but that things changed since then. We are told 
that jihadism has taken over the fight against the regime, that it is no 
longer a revolution but a war and that there is a need to choose a camp 
to find a concrete solution.

All the “debate” on the left is polluted by this ‘campist’ logic, often 
accompanied by conspiracy theories that blur the fundamental differences 
between the left and the right – and especially the far-right. When a 
journalist testifies what he or she saw on the ground, in this or that 
region under rebel control, and that this testimony dismisses the 
dominant explanations on the jihadist hegemony, he is ignored. Some even 
imply that those tales are part of the media lies, that aim to make the 
opposition look presentable to justify an imperialist intervention and 
thus that we cannot credit it [his depiction].

We asked Joseph Daher, Syrian revolutionary activist, member of the 
Revolutionary Left Current in Syria, currently living in Switzerland, to 
explain the state of the popular movements in his country, specifically 
the self-organization of the masses in the liberated regions, the 
struggle against sectarianism and against islamists. The conclusion that 
comes out of this is clear: yes, the revolution is still alive in Syria, 
and it needs our solidarity.


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