imperialism is working hand in hand with world Stalinism, the Arab League and
the hated Al-Assad regime to smash the Syrian masses. Why? If the working class
comes to power through armed uprising in
This is why the defence of the Syrian revolution should be a task of the international working class. We call for the arming of the Syrian masses; for international worker brigades to join with the Syrian masses in their fight against the imperialist puppet regime of Al-Assad.
The Syrian regime is a puppet of imperialism
The capitalist media and Stalinists deliberately hide the class nature of the Assad regime. In his opening address to the World Federation of Trade Unions president’s meeting, held in Johannesburg (9-12 February), the General Secretary of the WFTU, George Mavrikos, said: ‘ In Syria, the foreign imperialist aggression continues.’ In other words, he repeated the lie of the Syrian Communist parties, that the uprising by the Syrian masses is sponsored by imperialism. The Syrian CP’s are dividing workers by directing the trade unions to directly support the Assad regime against the masses. The WFTU justifies the massacres perpetrated by the Syrian regime. What is worse is that while the massacres of the Syrian masses are intensifying, the SACP and Cosatu leadership are hosting the WFTU, singing praises of its supposedly great role in the struggle for Socialism! We need to draw the lesson that when the masses rise up against any regime, the Stalinist CP’s side with the regime against the masses. We condemn the role of the SA government which currently chairs to UN Security Council- they help to cover the role of imperialism in the slaughter of the Syrian masses. The SA government helps gives the impression that imperialism is really concerned over the Syrian masses- in reality imperialism is directing the Assad regime in the massacres of the Syrian masses.
There is plenty of evidence that the Syrian regime is a puppet of imperialism:
2002 it was exposed that the CIA used to kidnap activists from around the
globe, to be taken to prisons in
- In the 1990 war against Saddam Hussein’s occupation of Kuwait, the Assad regime fought together with US imperialist forces- US imperialism was so impressed with the Assad regime, they awarded Syria arms contracts;
1975-76 the Assad regime supported the Falangist forces in
and Canadian banks are in joint partnerships with the Assad regime for oil
Drawing the lessons from Libya
Papers that were found in the files of the Gaddafi regime show that it too played host to prisons for the CIA. This confirms that the Gaddafi regime was also an imperialist puppet. The Stalinist CP’s also portrayed the Gaddafi regime as being ‘Socialist’, thereby covering for a brutal anti-worker dictatorship. [incidentally, several of the fake ‘Trotskyists’ also tail-ended the Stalinists by potraying Assad and Gaddafi as ‘Socialist’ leaders].
masses armed themselves, disarmed the police, formed militias and won over huge
sections of the army. When the Gaddafi regime was about to be defeated,
imperialism supplied mercenaries to Gaddafi to beat back the masses. When
Gaddafi’s forces reached the outskirts of
tried to set up its own ‘army’- indeed many troops with heavy weapons and
planes were kept off the battle field by the TNC. The TNC sent the militias
with light arms or with few arms into battle. When the militias seized 32 tanks
from the Gaddafi forces, they surrounded Brega. Soon the road to
While the Muslim Brotherhood was openly mobilising among the militias to try and gain support, the left refused to build cells in the militias to co-ordinate the fight of the working class to seize power.
As in the
League ‘monitors’ came to deflect pressure from the masses in their own
countries and to provide a cover for imperialism against the working class in
their own countries, that they are not supporting the massacres. In fact the
Arab League is helping to hide that imperialism is the main force behind the
slaughter of the Syrian masses. In
recent days, the massacres have accelerated. Imperialism, through the Syrian
regime, are intent on wiping out a generation of the masses- they are
committing a hundred ‘
while this is happening, again, a section of the left is promoting a pacifist
idea of the SNC- the SNC has run away to
Today, the Muslim Brotherhood, in the form of Hezbollah, and indeed in other places as well, together with the Stalinist CP’s are mobilising support for the Assad regime. The left is silent about forming independent cells as a basis for a revolutionary workers party.
The way forward
The first task is the general arming of the Syrian masses. Every street, every district, every factory should set up armed workers militias. Where possible, these workers militias should have directly elected leadership. This leadership should be drawn from the ranks of the fighters, whether trained or untrained, who are on the front-lines of the fight against the Assad regime. Workers committees should be set up in every factory, mine, farm, oil installation, to support the fight against the Assad regime, whether it be food, transport, fuel, weapons, etc. Fighting councils of workers delegates and delegates from the militias and from rank and file soldiers, should be set up, merging with and extending the existing grassroots co-ordinating committees. These councils of armed workers should set up their own command structures, being the base of a new Syrian workers revolutionary government. This implies that those co-ordinating committees that have links with the SNC should break with them. The rank and file of the Free Syria Army should join the armed grassroots councils of the workers, training the masses in the use of arms, arming them, and joining them, side by side in the fight to overthrow the Assad regime- having a passive defensive approach to the Assad regime gives it and imperialism time to organise and mobilise its fascist forces to smash the masses.
Workers should break from the Syrian CP’s, preparing general strike committees as part of the fighting councils of workers, opening the way for the entire working class to join the fight against the regime through a revolutionary general strike, based on workers committees, occupying and taking over the all the oil installations, factories, mines, commercial farms, etc.
Cells of the Fourth International should be set up on the following programme:
We call for widespread and immediate protests against all capitalist regimes, especially those that are directly complicit in the slaughter of the Syrian masses.
Victory to the Syrian masses!