[Marxism] Tankies volunteer as Assad's election enforcers.

Andrew Pollack acpollack2 at gmail.com
Fri May 30 06:42:27 MDT 2014


I say enforcers rather than observers because to participate in this
process is not playing a neutral role, but is rather to side with the
regime and to aid and abet its murder, torture, starvation and tyranny.

Whether under international law that makes them legitimate targets as
combatants I couldn't say. Certainly it morally makes them so.

On Fri, May 30, 2014 at 1:30 AM, Sara Flounders <flounders.sara16 at gmail.com
<http://webmailbb.juno.com/webmail/new/5?userinfo=b83fbf69bd2e8ff6d51a00c3503bc1b7&count=1401453596&randid=1034501452#>
> wrote:

*Syria’s Election *

*No U.S. Intervention*



The Syrian people are holding a presidential election June 3. What makes
this election unique is that it can help protect the sovereignty, even the
existence of this country. It can help end the bloody war that has drained
the lifeblood of the country. It is seen as a essential step toward
national reconciliation.



For the past three years, Syria has been under attack by the U.S., NATO and
by U.S.-allied absolute monarchies that govern Saudi Arabia and the Gulf
emirates. They are fighting a proxy war with mercenaries and reactionary
sectarian forces that Washington itself recognizes are terrorists – when
they’re not carrying out U.S. plans.



Washington’s stated goal is “regime change,” that is, to eliminate the
government led by Bashir al-Assad. What “regime change” really means is the
destruction of Syria. To bring this about, the U.S. and its allies have
financed a war that has killed over 150,000 people and displaced one-third
of the 23 million Syrians.



Washington claims they want “democracy” in Syria. But U.S. wars have never
brought democracy. Just destruction. Think of what U.S. intervention has
brought to Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and the Balkans. Think of the fascists
that U.S. intervention put in positions of power in Ukraine. The worst
thing that can happen to the Syrians would be for the U.S.-NATO-Saudi
forces to win.



Election observers from the U.S. are expected to join observers from
Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, (BRICS) Iran, Venezuela, Cuba,
Nicaragua, Bolivia, Ecuador and other countries representing the
overwhelming majority of the people of the world. This election is a
national expression that the Syrian people are determined to chart their
own future.



U.S. anti-war activists, including from the International Action Center and
other anti-war activists are participating as election observers in Syria.They
participate knowing that the overwhelming majority of the U.S. population
is against another war. Any such war will not only harm the people of
Syria, but also the U.S. population. As Martin Luther King, Jr. said in
1967, the bombs that drop on Vietnam – or on Libya or Syria – also drop on
the inner cities of the United States. They attack the working people in
the U.S.



*Self-determination for the Syrian people!*

*We need jobs, health care and housing, not endless war!*





*International Action Center    *

*IACenter.org  212-633-6646 <212-633-6646>*



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