Once again, the British ruling class is joining with other imperialists in the US and elsewhere to prepare the ground for a criminal and unjustified war against a sovereign state.
Once again, a dirty covert war is being waged in order to destabilise a broad and democratically-elected government and blackmail a people into abandoning its leaders.
Once again, every kind of military, economic and diplomatic pressure is being brought to bear by the most powerful rogue states on the planet as they channel all their resources into trying to oust a popular government.
Once again, the truth is being systematically turned on its head by shameless media hacks and lackey politicians, as wall-to-wall war propaganda tries to convince British workers that those defending their people’s freedom and independence are ‘criminals’, while the hired thugs of imperialism’s death squads are ‘popular revolutionaries’.
Once again, the propaganda hides one simple truth: that the only crime that the Syrian government has committed in imperialist eyes is of having refused to ‘know its place’.
Syria’s leaders have refused to submit to imperialist domination. They have had the temerity to maintain an independent economic and foreign policy rather than allowing American and European multinationals free reign to loot the country’s resources and exploit the country’s people. They have supported anti-imperialist resistance movements in Palestine and Lebanon. They have given shelter to millions of Palestinian and Iraqi refugees. And they have maintained good diplomatic and trading relations with the three biggest thorns in the side of US imperialism — Russia, China and Iran.
For that stand they have earned the enmity of imperialism and the loyalty of the Syrian masses. And for that they deserve the support of workers and oppressed peoples all over the world.
All-out war against Syria will be bloody and brutal. There is no crime that our rulers will not commit, and no dirty bomb too barbaric for them to use. The people of Vietnam, Korea, Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya can testify that electricity and water supplies, hospitals, schools, food stores, crops and public buildings will all be targeted and destroyed. The legacy will be not only the destruction of 60 years’ worth of post-colonial achievements and untold tens or hundreds of thousands of Syrians under Nato bombs, but an ongoing toll of death, disease and disfigurement left by uranium-tipped missiles, white phosphorous and other undeclared contaminants in the very air Syria’s children breathe and the water that is left for them to drink.
Aggressive war against a sovereign nation is the highest crime under international law. Any and all cooperation with such a war is a crime against humanity.
It is time to take a stand and demand that our unions and anti-war movement do likewise. If we collectively refuse to fight or supply the war, the imperialists will have no option but to back down. We must stop allowing ourselves to be complicit in the murder of our sisters and brothers abroad, and in the destruction of their homes and communities. We must refuse any longer to be turned into war criminals by our barbarous and bloodthirsty rulers.