Imperialism divided the
Iraqi masses, deliberately putting ‘Sunni’ against ‘Shia’
in order to help defeat the resistance to the imperialist invasion and
occupation. Now in
In 1982 the Israeli and
Hafez Assad Syrian regimes worked together with the
UN to support the Phalangist militias to slaughter
the Palestinian masses in Sabra and Shatila refugee camps. The UN promised the Palestinian
fighters that should they disarm, they would be given safe passage out of
Today we have the ‘peace plan’ of the UN through JP Morgan Board member, Kofi Annan. The centre of the plan is for ‘both sides’ to ‘cease fire’. This has helped to further disarm the Syrian masses who have put down the few weapons they have. In any event, the leadership of the Free Syrian Army, which is headed by an ex-Assad general (and thus headed by imperialism), was only too willing to force the rank and file fighters to cease fire. This is in addition to the role of the leadership of the Free Syria Army to prevent the masses from getting weapons, just like in Libya, imperialism set up the Free Libya Army, led by ex-Gaddafi generals’ as a means to gain control over the masses and more crucially, to keep the heavy weaponry away from the masses, ie to deliberately disarm the masses.
The result of the JP Morgan-Annan ‘peace plan’ is to create the space for fascist
militia, Shabbiha, backed by the Assad
tanks and heavy weapons, to commit the massacres in Houla
on the 25th and 30th May and the massacres in Mazraat al Qubeir on the 7-8th
June. The Kofi Annan
monitors, despite tank shell fragments and tank tracks in evidence at the
massacre sites, deliberately cover up for the Assad
regime- they are not sure who is responsible! The Iranian and Israeli regimes
are giving support to the Assad regime. The Stalinist
WFTU (World Federation of Trade Unions) is giving political support to the Assad regime, as are most of the world’s ‘left’. The
Stalinist dictatorship of
All over the world, in
116 were massacred in Houla, 78 were massacred by imperialist-backed fascist
forces of Assad, more than
50 were children. Yet the ‘left’ are in denial- the casualty figures are inflated
they say. But imperialism is giving warning-
We call for international
brigades to support the Syrian masses in their fight against the imperialist
puppet Assad regime. We call for the Libyan militias, for the
Tunisian militias, for the Lebanese militias, for the Yemeni masses for the
Egyptian, Jordanian, Bahraini and Palestinian masses to rally to a united front
with the Syrian masses against the Assad regime.
Today there are terrible atrocities being perpetrated by the Assad regime on behalf of world imperialism. Today it is
We call, further, on the Iranian, Chinese and Russian working class to rise up against your own regimes over their complicity in the slaughter of the heroic Syrian masses. Your regimes are the ones who drowned the revolution of 1979 in blood, who crushed the working class revolutions of 1989. Now they crush the Syrian masses, tomorrow, they will turn their guns on you.
To the Greek working class, the head of fascism is starting to raise itself. The same imperialists who wish to crush your heroic spirit are the main force behind the current slaughter of the Syrian masses. The fight against the Syrian regime is part of the same fight against your own regime. You need to set up workers councils and armed workers militia in your fight against your own regime.
To the working class and war
veterans in the
Arms for the Syrian masses. For armed grassroots workers councils in Syria- for the rank and file soldiers to break from the Free Syrian army and to join and arm the grassroots councils. For a general strike to bring down the Assad regime. Down with the Assad regime, away with the SNC (Syria National Council).
We call for the exposure of
the complicity of all the capitalist regimes, of the UN, of Kofi
Annan-JP Morgan, in the slaughter of the Syrian
masses. The slogan of ‘defence of the Syrian masses’ and ‘down with the Assad regime’ should become part of the localized struggles
against the capitalist state. We call for working class organizations in
For the masses to shut down all Syrian embassies and to blockade the Syrian regime.
The struggle for workers
councils to be set up and for workers to take power in
For an international
Workers International Vanguard Party