By Aqil Abu Dharr
Imperialism has been envisioning and working toward a Middle East under their control and domination for a long time. The State of Israel is a bulwark for imperialist domination. It was imperialism that imposed Israel upon the people of Palestine without their approval and it is imperialism which maintains this Zionist state. Likewise, the Al-Saud family was given the nation-state of Saudi Arabia (the only nation named after a family) by western imperialism. Both Israel and Saudi Arabia are anchors of imperialism within the unpredictable sea of the Middle East. After all is said and done, these two proxies of u.$. imperialism depend upon each other for survival.
Any and all anti-imperialist revolutions in the region are opposed by both the Zionist and Saudi nation states. During the 1950s, Egypt, Iran, Syria, and Iraq all rebelled against the imperial order for a time before being crushed or co-opted back into the imperial orbit. Later, Yemen, Libya, and Iran liberated themselves. All were opposed by the imperial anchors. In Lebanon, the most successful anti-imperialist movement is Hezbollah.
The survivors of these anti-imperialist revolutionary movements are the Islamic Republic of Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, and- let’s not forget- the Palestinian Liberation Movement. Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, among others, are alive and kicking mainly because of the masses of Palestinians who support them. But their survival may not have been without the staunch and unwavering support of Syria and Iran. Hezbollah too, thrives today not just because of the support of the Lebanese people but also because of the aid of Iran and Syria.
What is happening in Syria today is an attempt by u.$. imperialism via Israel and Saudi Arabia to overthrow the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad because of the role Syria plays in supporting the anti-imperialist resistance. The Zionist and Saudi states support the insurgency as they also supported the overthrow of Moammar al-Ghadafi in Libya. The mercenaries or “rebels” which make up the “Free Syrian Army” are failing miserably in their attempt to install an imperialist friendly regime in Syria. Turkey and Jordan have also aided the imperialists in their quest to overthrow Assad. Last Friday, Turkey sent fighter jets toward Syria as the real Syrian Army and Hezbollah secures Qusayr – a town on the Lebanese border where “rebels” had a stronghold from which they fired missiles into Lebanon. The mercenaries have successfully spread sectarian violence in both Lebanon and Iraq to destabilize any anti-imperialist resistance.
The people of Turkey are protesting their government’s involvement in Syria. Protests have been widespread and growing in Turkey and popular demands for the prime minister Erdogan to step down are making headlines. Erdogan is seen as a loser. He threatens war with Syria but didn’t have the guts to do anything substantive against Israel when the Zionists murdered 9 Turkish citizens attempting to bring humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza. Turkey will be a big loser if they don’t remove this coward from office. Of course the real problem is Turkey’s alliance with imperialism. They are a NATO member and that is why the u.$. and Israel are calling on Turkey to start the fire of war with Syria. The fanatic mercenaries have lost both credibility and ground in Syria—enter Turkey, or Jordan, or the u.$. troops in Jordan as of this writing. Israel has already bombed Damascus twice! No wonder Syria received S-300 missiles from Russia, a Syrian ally for decades. I’m no lover of Putin or Russia, but Russia’s dissension from imperialist meddling in the Middle East is a positive thing for the anti-imperialist resistance.
In many discussions about Syria in imperialist media, leftists and liberal interventionists attempt to excuse the foreign intervention by mercenaries by equating them with the internationalist fighters who helped the Spanish Republic during the Spanish civil war. Those brave comrades are turning over in their graves—they FOUGHT AGAINST FASCISM in Spain. On the contrary, the mercenaries fighting Assad ARE THE FASCISTS! The real Syrian Army and Hezbollah and any who are fighting to preserve the anti-imperialist resistance in Syria today are the popular forces resisting imperialism, fascism, Zionism and sectarianism. May they be victorious! Forward to Global People’s War! Allahu Akbar!