[Marxism] PYD: US bombing of airbase good, but it should bomb rebels too

Michael Karadjis mkaradjis at gmail.com
Tue Apr 11 07:58:54 MDT 2017

PYD leader: US strikes should target all who use chemical weapons in 
By Rudaw 7/4/2017

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The co-leader of the main Kurdish party in 
Syrian Kurdistan, Salih Muslim, has called on the US to extend strikes 
against every Syrian party that has chemical weapons.

“We hope that the United States will not confine itself to punishing the 
Syrian regime alone, because there are a lot of chemical weapons in 
Syria and others parties have also used it, in Sheikh Maqsoud, in Rojava 
[Syrian Kurdistan], and Raqqa,” Muslim said as he was speaking to 
US-funded Voice of America from Brussels, naming alleged chemical 
attacks by ISIS and Syrian opposition forces.

Muslim said that he cannot assess whether or not the US strikes against 
a Syrian airbase overnight will have a positive or negative results on 
the ground. “We will look at the results,” he said.

He however said that this may force parties on the ground to realize 
that there is not a military solution to the six-year civil in Syria 
that has claimed half a million lives, by some estimates. From this 
perspective, the strikes may turn out to be good, he noted.

“We believe that this attack must yield positive results since the 
parties who did not believe in a political solution may reconsider and 
see that there is no military solution,” Muslim argued, explaining that 
the US was “forced” to take actions in an atmosphere where they were 
left with no other options.

Muslim is the co-leader of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the 
political party in northern Syria aligned with the armed YPG who are 
receiving military backing from the US-led coalition as part of the 
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). He has helped to carve out a mainly 
Kurdish enclave in northern Syria.

Muslim hoped that the US strikes will not be a “one-off” option and 
called on the US to also target other Syrian armed groups, whom he said 
have their hands on the banned weapons.

Asked about US involvement, the PYD leader said that regional and 
international powers have now entered the Syrian civil war with their 
own forces following a period of waging a “proxy war.” The US is already 
involved to such an extent that it cannot “turn its back” on Syria, he 
argued, especially in its war against ISIS where it is helping the 
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in their campaign to defeat the extremist 
group in Raqqa, the ISIS de-facto capital in Syria 

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