[Marxism] Syrian rebels overwhelmingly condemn US bombing as an attack on revolution

Michael Karadjis mkaradjis at gmail.com
Thu Sep 25 08:42:45 MDT 2014

Syrian rebels overwhelmingly condemn US bombing as an attack on 


In any case, it is the reactions from the FSA and other rebels which are 
most remarkable.

One of the first statements condemning the US attacks came from Harakat 
Hazm, a 7000-strong secular FSA militia operating mostly in Hama. Hazm 
stated (23/9/2014):

“The Hazem Movement rejects the external intervention of the US 
Coalition, which launched its first airstrikes on Tuesday in the 
governorates of Deir el Zour, Raqqa, al Hasaka, Aleppo, Idlib and Homs, 
with 11 civilians killed in rural Idlib province and five others in 
rural Homs province, as well as fighters from Jabhat al Nusra and the 

“These air attacks amount to *an attack on national sovereignty* and 
work to *undermine the Syrian revolution* and demonstrate the 
international community’s continuing ignorance of the demands of the 
Syrian revolution and failure to provide unconditional military aid to 
the FSA is simply an indication of massive failure and a harbinger of 
further catastrophes that will harm the entire region.

“We of the Hazem Movement hereby reaffirm our full commitment to the 
principles of the revolution, and emphasize that *our actions are guided 
solely by revolutionary principles and national interest, not by the 
demands of the international coalition.*

“We also affirm that the international community’s unilateral decisions 
taken in an effort to win public support globally will not succeed in 
combating extremism, but will actively promote its growth. The only way 
to achieve the peace in the nation and region will come through 
fulfilling the aspirations of the people of Syria at the hands of 

“The only beneficiaries from the US coalition’s military intervention 
will be the Assad regime, in the light of an absence of any real 
strategy to oust it, and the regime will spare no efforts in its attacks 
on civilians in its attempt to rehabilitate itself internationally.

“We pray for mercy for our martyrs, healing for our wounded, and freedom 
for the detainees imprisoned in Syria, and life and freedom for our 
beloved people” (https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ByPSsxMIYAQy2Wt.jpg).

One of the extraordinary things about this statement is that, after all 
the years of “leftists” falsely asserting that the US was arming the 
FSA, when in fact it never sent them a bullet, is that Hazm is precisely 
one of the very few FSA units that *did* receive a handful of US 
anti-tank weapons beginning in April 2014. It was never very many, but 
Hazm could possibly have expected more if it played ball. This 
magnificent declaration indicates that while the US might be able to buy 
some dozens of puppets here and there, it is very difficult to buy an 
army of 7000 fighters to be your puppets.

Meanwhile, Jaish al-Mujadeen, a markedly soft-Islamist coalition that 
was set up last December and which then played a major role, alongside 
the FSA and important components of the Islamic Front (of which it is 
not a member), in driving ISIS out of Aleppo in January, also condemned 
the US attacks 

Abu Ratib, head of the Sufi-led Al-Haq Brigade, part of the Islamic 
Front, termed the intervention “a total war against Muslims” 
Suqour al-Sham, the main Islamic Front unit in Idlib, condemned the 
airstrikes and said they “will breed more extremism and terrorism” 
the Army of islam, the IF unit in Damascus, which drove ISIS out of the 
Damascus region several months ago, also condemned the strikes; the 
secularist FSA Forqat 13 issued a statement condemning US-led airstrikes 
as “aimed at weakening the revolution” in Syria 

Then in a joint statement, the Syrian Revolutionaries Front (SRF – the 
major secular FSA coalition in the north-west, which single-handedly 
drove ISIS out of Idlib in January), Jaish al-Mujahidin, Al Zinki, Hazm 
and others condemned the US airstrikes, declaring “you help Bashar” 

So while we haven’t yet accessed statements from every group, it is 
clear all the major groups have declared solidly against the US air war.


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