[Marxism] Saudi Support for "left-wing" YPG/SDF

RKOB aktiv at rkob.net
Wed Jul 3 03:21:23 MDT 2019

Well, the YPG/PYD/SDF is not so isolated. It receives political and 
military support from the U.S. and the EU. It is supported, as we just 
saw, by Saudi Arabia (you can call it "humanitarian aid" if you like.)

What is true is that the the YPG/PYD/SDF is isolated from the Arab 
masses. True, this is also because of Arab nationalist sentiments. 
However, the PKK/YPG historically has worked hard to isolate themselves 
from the Arab masses. They never defended an Arab or Muslim country 
suffering from imperialist aggression (I know it in the cases of Iraq in 
1990/91 as well as 2003 and I am pretty sure that this was also the case 
in Afghanistan 2001).

You say that the revolution must be spread to the whole of Syria. How 
true! But the PKK/YPG never supported the popular uprising! Instead, 
they kept their relations with the Assad regime and refused to join the 
uprising. By such they helped the regime to concentrate their forces to 
suppress the uprising.

Am 02.07.2019 um 23:45 schrieb Chris Slee:
> Northeastern Syria is isolated and under threat from both Turkey (which has already invaded Afrin) and the Assad regime.  In this situation they take aid from whoever will offer it.  I believe that Saudi Arabia gives a small amount of humanitarian aid.
> The Saudi regime's motives probably include its rivalry with Iran and Turkey for influence in the Middle East.  (The article mentions "the possibility of conflict with Iranian militias")
> There is an obvious tension between the goal of building a democratic society in northeastern Syria and the need to receive aid from an undemocratic regime such as Saudi Arabia, as well as from US imperialism.
> Trotsky said it is impossible to build socialism im one country.  Even less so is it possible to build socialism in part of a country, such as northeastern Syria.
> The only solution is the spread of the revolution to the rest of Syria and/or to Turkey.
> Chris Slee
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> The so-called progressive YPG/SDF continues to receive full support by
> the Saudi monarchy. According to a new report "Thamer al-Sabhan, Saudi
> minister of state for Middle East affairs, visited Deir ez-Zor, where he
> met with Kurdish leaders, US Deputy Secretary of State Joel Rayburn, US
> Ambassador William Roebuck and a number of Arab sheikhs and dignitaries.
> During his visit, Sabhan called on Arab tribes to join forces with the
> Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) ..."
> https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/06/syria-deir-ez-zor-saudi-arabia-kurds-arab-tribes.html
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