[Marxism] Fwd: In blow to Trump, Syrian Kurds call on al-Assad to Save them from Turkey | Informed Comment
chris_w_slee at hotmail.com
Sat Jan 27 16:40:19 MST 2018
The PYD has always said its aim is not an independent Kurdish state, but autonomy within a democratic Syria, with linguistic and cultural rights for Kurds and other minorities.
Thus when the Afrin administration says that Afrin is "part of Syria", that is nothing new.
The statement aims at exposing the Assad regime's failure to defend Syria's "territorial integrity" against the Turkish invasion. If the statement has the effect of prodding the regime into taking some action against the invasion (e.g. threatening to shoot down Turkish military aircraft entering Syrian airspace), that will help the defenders of Afrin. In the (more likely) event that Assad continues to allow the invasion to go unchallenged, it might lead to questioning of his credentials as a defender of Syria.
John Reimann claims that "the Kurdish leaders...accept that the central Syrian government - meaning Assad - has final say about what is and is not allowed in Afrin. And they all agree that a powerful anti-Assad movement will be prohibited".
In fact the Kurdish and other leaders of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria want the "central Syrian government" to be democratised so that it is no longer the dictatorship of Assad.
But the question is: what sort of movement is needed to bring democracy? Being "anti-Assad" is not sufficient. Some "anti-Assad" groups are religious sectarians and/or ethnic chauvinists. Some have been coopted into Turkey's war on the DFNS.
Democracy can only be created by a multi-ethnic and multi-religious movement that can win the support of those Syrians - particularly the religious minorities - who currently view Assad as the lesser evil.
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thank you, Chris Slee, for giving the complete statement from the Afrin
administration. One thing upon which we all agree, I think, is that the
Kurdish leaders are not stupid or ignorant when it comes to realpolitik.
They must know perfectly well that inviting Assad to intervene will not
stop there. They also must know perfectly well what all their stress on the
region being "part of Syria" and about "Syria's territorial integrity"
means. It means that in the end, despite all the silliness of
decentralization, they accept that the central Syrian government - meaning
Assad - has final say about what is and is not allowed in Afrin. And they
all agree that a powerful anti-Assad movement will be prohibited.
Basically, they are trying to make a deal with Assad: "Let us administer
this region and we will insure that nothing is done to destabilize your
position. Meanwhile, we expect you to step in and protect us from Erdogan."
This shows the limits of their whole strategy. They want some form of
independence (yes, they do) within the limits of capitalism. They are
trying to build a Kurdish rights movement in isolation from all the other
movements around them such as the Arab Spring and what came of it, workers'
strikes in Turkey and Iran. Or put it another way: Just like all such
movements, they need allies. The question is whether they will seek allies
in the working class struggles of the region or from one capitalist regime
or another. Time and again they have sought the latter and time and again
they have been "betrayed". I put that in quotes, because when a lion chases
off a leopard in order to kill and feast on an antelope, that antelope
wasn't betrayed. It was simply a matter of which killer gets to reap the
"No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them."
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