[Marxism] [UCE] Oppose US bombing of Syria; oppose ALL bombing of Syria

John Reimann 1999wildcat at gmail.com
Sat Apr 14 07:45:22 MDT 2018


"Trump has launched his second attack on the Syrian government, this time
by reportedly bombing chemical weapons facilities, including a chemical
research facility. (We say “reportedly” because we don’t know for sure
exactly what the US missiles attacked.)

We have to be clear what the aims as well as the constraints are: The aim is
 *not* to overthrow the Assad regime. US Secretary of “Defense” James
Mattis made this clear. He said
<https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/13/world/middleeast/trump-syria-attack.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=b-lede-package-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news>
 “Right now this is a one-time shot and I believe it has sent a very strong
message to dissuade him, to deter him from doing it (chemical weapons
attack) again.” So, Mattis, Trump and US imperialism in general have no
objection to Assad’s murderous assault on the people of Syria. They have no
objection to his imprisoning thousands, torturing opponents to death,
bombing hospitals, schools, residential neighborhoods and public markets.
Nor any objection to the ethnic cleansing that is being carried out. No,
all of that is okay. Their problem is that chemical weapons are too much of
a no-no. It’s too embarrassing. Murdering hundreds of thousands is okay,
just don’t embarrass us, is the position of US imperialism.

US imperialism of course supported Assad’s neoliberal economic attacks on
the Syrian workers and peasants, the attacks carried out in the run-up to
the Arab Spring (2011). These were the same “reforms” that enormously
enriched a little clique around Assad...."
Read entire article here:
https://oaklandsocialist.com/2018/04/14/oppose-us-bombing-of-syria-oppose-all-bombing-of-syria/

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sunny day, and I have to go, but what does my death matter, if through us
thousands of people are awakened and stirred to action?” *Sophie Scholl,
executed by the Nazis 2/22/1943. She was 21 years old.
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