The world's left is the most to blame for the isolation
of the Syrian masses in their revolt against the dictator Bashar
Assad. In fact the 'left' claims that the Assad regime is anti-imperialist and the revolt against his
regime is somehow an imperialist coup.
Let us examine the supposed 'anti-imperialism' of the Baathist regime:
1. In 1976 the Syrian regime sent its troops to support the Maronite-Falangists in
2. In 1990 the Syrian regime sent troops to be part of the
3. The Syrian regime was rewarded by the
4. Such military hardware supplied by
5. the military coup of 23 Feb 1966 by the Baathist army officers was against the masses, to prevent a workers revolution
6. The main imports of
7. Over 70% of exports are raw materials, oil and gas, to mainly to
8. the Nationalization of the oil and gas, water, electricity and public transport is not under workers control.
The world proletariat needs to shake off the notion that the Assad regime is 'worker friendly'. There has been a continuous state of emergency for decades, up to 2011. The origin of the world proletariat being misled into believing that the Assad regime was progressive is mainly the fault of the stalinist Communist parties of Syria- they were part of the ruling National Progressive Front in Syria which accepts that the Baathist regime is in control and controls the army and students- in other words the CP's are in alliance with Bashar Assad, even now when the masses are being drowned in blood. This is part of the world historic role of stalinism as a lackey of world imperialism, to betray revolutions from within and to ensure that no workers revolution succeeds on the planet. In
Imperialism is drawing the lessons from
Let us not allow the flower of the Syrian resistance be slaughtered by world imperialism and their partnership with the 'left'. We need to be wary of the petti bourgeois left who call for the building and strengthening ‘popular committees’ in
Note: this is a first part of an expanded statement where we will present a draft programme for the Syrian revolution, which has to be connected with the struggle for workers power in the entire region.