Damascus (AHT) – The Syrian government’s righteous defense of its independence from armed mercenaries of imperialism has been deemed unacceptable and worthy of precipitating the most dangerous global conflict in human history.
Increased Tensions Against Syria
Syria has once again reached a potential point of no return toward a global confrontation between great powers after the heat of US imperialism was turned up in the aftermath of another alleged chemical weapons attack in the suburb of Douma. The attack came less than a week after the Trump Administration announced a desire to end the occupation of Syria by pulling out the two thousand or so US troops stationed in the country.
US imperialism and its most loyal allies in the UK, France, and Israel have ratcheted up war tensions with the Syrian government. Israel has taken the lead so far in its response by bombing a T-4 airbase in the Homs province, which killed at last seven Iranian military personnel. Trump, like his predecessors, has made clear that Israel’s wars of expansion against Palestine and Syria are fully within the bounds of US imperialism.
The Syrian government’s righteous defense of its independence from armed mercenaries of imperialism, on the other hand, has been deemed unacceptable and worthy of precipitating the most dangerous global conflict in human history.
US-led War Must be Opposed, Imperialism Must be Vanquished
Anyone who considers themselves a “leftist,” “revolutionary,” or “radical” shouldn’t have to think twice about this issue. Syria must be defended, US-led war must be opposed, and imperialism must be vanquished.
How many “alleged” chemical weapons attacks must transpire before the war-mongering accusers are discredited? The US-led war in Syria has already killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions. US imperialism has attempted to divide Syria into pieces and weaken the axis of resistance in the region consisting of Syria, Iran, Hezbollah, Russia and at certain junctures, Iraq and China. Yet Syria has liberated much of the country from the scourge of jihadist mercenaries despite overwhelming odds, sparking a desperate response from the imperialists who realize that US military capabilities within the country have been severely diminished.
Imperialist desperation has only further exposed the decline of the general system. Perhaps no greater example of this exists than the contrast between Amy Goodman’s coverage of Syria on Democracy Now compared to right-wing ideologue Tucker Carlson’s. Carlson has made much of his career out of stumping for Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News Corporation. He is no friend of the oppressed and his reputation as a right-wing mouthpiece precludes it. However, Carlson’s anti-interventionist position on Syria has garnered a significant social media following.
Goodman, on the other hand, has a parroted the US-line on Syria almost daily on her ironically named “War and Peace Report.” Her coverage of Syria on Democracy Now has claimed without question that President Assad is responsible for the alleged chemical weapons attack.
Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept agreed with Goodman during their latest interview, yet neither has said much about the US deployment of naval destroyers armed with tomahawks aimed at Syria or the refusal on the part of the US accept Syria recommendation that the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) investigate the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma.
It may come as a shock to some that corporate tool Tucker Carlson veers to the left of so-called independent journalists like Amy Goodman and Glen Greenwald on Syria. However, the phenomenon is part of the larger process of decline and crisis of the imperialist system.
The Larger Process of Decline and Crisis of the Imperialist System
Barack Obama and his team of neoliberals and neoconservatives were hired to manage the crisis and bring US imperialism back to stability during the period of 2008-2016. Such a scenario was never possible.
Economically, imperialism continued to decline as it siphoned profits to the ruling class at the expense of an ever-increasing number of workers and poor people. The US share of the global economy continued to shrink, causing widespread panic in US military circles. This panic has led us to the current situation in Syria where the US stands on the brink of starting a world war to maintain military hegemony in the absence of economic growth.
The crisis has led to an unprecedented consolidation of capital alongside an attendant consolidation of forces within US political apparatus. Spooks in the CIA and intelligence agencies have aligned with the Democratic Party and its Wall Street funders. The Republicans have become split into many pieces after Trump showed that establishment Republicans no longer could curry the favor of Republican voters.
It is this phenomenon that best explains the seemingly upside-down nature of US politics today.
Tucker Carlson understands that he must appeal primarily to Republican voters weary of US interventions they see as products of Democratic Party-led wars even if establishment Republicans are no less hawkish than Democrats. Meanwhile, Goodman and her funders have subtly aligned with the Democrats as the new leaders of the War Party. War is the only tool at the disposal of imperialism, and there isn’t a single voice in Washington or the “liberal” media unwilling to use it.
Silence Among So-called Anti-war Leftists
Under these conditions, infantile leftists and faux socialists in the Democratic Party camp have felt compelled to choose a side in the imperial madhouse. They claim that Democrats are “Presidential” while Putin and Assad are villains of humanity.
No criticism is thrown at the Democratic Party, which sent a delegation led by Nancy Pelosi to Israel just days prior to the planned gun down of Palestinian resistance forces in Gaza. It doesn’t seem to matter how many Syrians or Palestinians are killed by the forces of imperialism when the so-called left is under the swoon of the CIA. So-called US leftists have caught anti-Putin fever at the expense of all other political questions.
This includes the murder of Black people by the police in the US. Barely any attention was paid in the US to the murders of Stephon Clark and Saheed Vassell over the last few weeks. Only community members and the usual left organizations made any noise about these state-sanctioned murders.
The same goes for Israel’s wonton massacre of participants in Gaza’s Great March for Return. In the absence of a mass movement, people in the US and West are becoming mere onlookers in a changing a world. Palestinians are on the march, the people of Yemen refuse to bow to US and Saudi invasion, and Russia has made repeated claims that it will not allow the US to turn Syria into another Iraq or Libya disaster.
In the case of Russia, its intervention in Syria in 2015 has shown the US and its allies everything they need to know about whether to trust the word of the Russian government. US Secretary of Defense James Mattis has recently toned down the war rhetoric toward Syria, ostensibly after thinking twice about whether waging a broader war with Syria, and by extension Russia, was something the Pentagon could afford.
Still, few in the US are talking about these important issues.
It is important to take heed of what is happening around the world when considering how to climb out from the ideological morass created US imperialism’s political and economic crisis. A US invasion of Syria would no doubt spark a confrontation with Russia. Humanity itself may not survive the aftermath.
The system of imperialism has been on this path for decades. The dangers of war are clear. War will not free political prisoners, bring relief to Black Americans from incarceration and police occupation, or improve living standards for workers. Anti-imperialism is indeed the only path to social transformation in the US. Failing to recognize this is much more than a tactical political error. It is nothing short of political suicide.
This post originally ran on American Herald Tribune.
Also published on Medium.