[act-ma] 7/13, 6pm: Public Forum - No U.S./Nato/Israeli War on Syria!
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*** 6 PM *** - 7/13 Forum No U.S./Nato/Israeli War on Syria!
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Hands Off Syria! JOBS Not War!
Public Forum - Hear Joyce Chediac, Lebanese-American Activist and
Editor of "Gaza, Symbol of Resistance"
Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 6:00 PM!
*The Action Center, 284 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain at the Brewery
Complex, steps from the Stony Brook Stop on the Orange Line*
For a discussion on:
- How to join in the fight to demand money for people's needs
like JOBS, public education and healthcare NOT racism and war.
- U.S. weapons to Syrian contra ("rebel") forces, Israeli
bombing of Syria, bases in Turkey, plans for a No-Fly Zone and
how the U.S. uses Syria's neighbors in a new proxy war with the
goal of total domination in the region;
-Understand how the U.S.-led strategy of economic devastation
and sanctions works to destabilize the economy, weaken health
facilities, destroy communications, cultural institutions,
education, food production and sanitation;
- Understand the revolutionary developments in Egypt and the
role of the U.S. and their clients, the Egyptian military
- The parallels with Iraq and Libya, Syria's overlooked economic
development and its regional and secular policies;
- How to combat the corporate media, politicians and others that
are attempting to whip up public sentiment for an all-out
U.S./NATO/Israeli war on Syria;
*SPONSORED BY WORKERS WORLD PARTY BOSTON*
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Syria resisting economic and military attacks
July 7, 2013
Less dramatic but no less intense than military battles is the economic
war being conducted against the Syrian people and Syrian government by
the Western powers, led by the United States.
Economic sanctions imposed by the imperialist drive for “regime change”
have taken a heavy toll on the Syrian people. A sustained attack on the
Syrian pound by international financial institutions has caused a drop
in Syrian currency against the dollar and euro.
To offset this drop in the value of their currency, the Syrian
government ordered double-digit increases in salaries for public
employees and retirees. (New York Times, June 28) Aid from Russia, China
and Iran totaling $500 million a month is what is allowing the Syrian
government to weather these attacks. (Financial Times, June 27) Kadri
Jamil, deputy prime minister for the economy, described the aid as a
“counteroffensive” against this economic warfare.
Syrian troops, meanwhile, have been following up their dramatic victory
over reactionary rebel forces in the city of Qusair. Rebels were driven
out of the town of Tel Kalakh, just two miles from the Lebanese border
“used by the rebels … as a transit point for weapons and fighters
smuggled into Syria.” (Reuters, June 26)
But the Syrian government’s military victories are driving the U.S. and
its European and Mideast monarchist allies toward greater intervention.
The military commander of the so-called “Free Syrian Army” announced
recently that his forces were receiving anti-aircraft missiles. This was
confirmed by the Reuters’ report of June 26, which reported that Saudi
Arabia was “supplying anti-aircraft missiles among other weapons.”
Washington is also escalating its role in the war against Syria. The BBC
reported on June 25 that 800 U.S. troops “are now stationed in Jordan,
many remaining on after a joint military exercise” ended recently.
Demonstrations in Jordan’s capital, Amman, protested this imperialist
occupation and threat against neighboring Syria. Jordanian Army
Brigadier General Ali Habashna expressed his fears, saying, “We all know
that when the U.S. puts its troops somewhere, in a country, they become
part of the crisis, they worsen it.” (BBC, June 25)
Tensions related to the war against Syria spilled over into the Lebanese
port city of Sidon on June 18 when followers of Sheik Ahmad al-Assir
fought members of the Hezbollah militia. Sheik Assir strongly opposes
the government of President al-Assad of Syria. By Sunday, June 23,
Lebanese Army forces had come under attack by the right-wing cleric’s
forces. After major fighting, it was reported that 14 Lebanese
government troops had been killed and the Sheik was in hiding.
Perhaps in retaliation for their defeats on the battlefield, rebel
terrorists attacked the Christian Old City of Damascus. Suicide bombers
and other explosives went off at a medical treatment center, a
restaurant and a Greek Orthodox church, killing several civilians.
The talk of an international peace conference for Syria has not moved
forward. Plans for talks in Geneva first put forward by both the U.S.
and Russia have stalled. The two powers have not even been able to agree
on who should attend the gathering.
Washington had hoped that its proxy rebel forces would have been strong
enough after two years of fighting — aided by massive weapons shipments
coordinated by the CIA — to force President Assad to step down. However,
recent military and political defeats for the U.S.-backed rebels have
strengthened the Syrian government, making a peace conference unlikely
to achieve the neocolonial goal of “regime change.”
Inside the U.S., anti-war groups have united in a call for coordinated
national demonstrations against U.S. aid to the reactionary rebels,
demanding that the billions spent for war be diverted to provide
much-needed jobs and social services right here at home.
U.S. direct military threat to Syria grows
June 10, 2013
The crucial victory by the Syrian Arab Army against imperialist-backed
terrorist ‘rebels’ in Qusair, a town near the border with Lebanon, has
further disintegrated the military and political opposition to the
government of President Bashar al-Assad. At the same time, the threats
against Syria’s government by imperialist and reactionary monarchist
powers, led by the United States, are increasing.
On June 5, the Syrian army regained the town of Qusair after several
weeks of intense fighting. Qusair had been in rebel hands for two years
and served as a transit point for foreign fighters and weapons flooding
into Syria from the porous Lebanon border.
To aid this victory, volunteers from the Lebanese Hezbollah militia had
joined in the fighting on the side of the Syrian government. Syrian
troops pursued the retreating rebels into the many villages surrounding
The leaders of Hezbollah, which is renowned for liberating Lebanon from
Israeli occupation, have clearly defined the struggle to preserve
Syria’s government as being part of the struggle against the imperialist
and colonialist Western powers and the Zionist state of Israel.
It has also been reported that the military wing of the Palestinian
Hamas organization has come out in support of Hezbollah’s position in
defense of Syria against the imperialists. Al Quds Al Arabi, the
London-based pan-Arab newspaper, reports that the Qassam Brigades have
decided to realign themselves with Hezbollah and Iran after bitter
infighting over the direction the group should take. The report says
that the Brigades wrote a letter to the political leadership of Hamas
demanding an alliance with Hezbollah.
The opposition Syrian Coalition, already unable to maintain a unified
political front, quickly showed greater signs of disunity. Before the
Qusair defeat, the Coalition had agreed to attend an international peace
conference proposed jointly by the U.S. and Russia. With this big
setback, the military commander of the so-called “Free Syrian Army”
announced that the rebels would boycott any peace conference “if we
don’t receive ammunition and weapons to change the position on the
ground.” (New York Times, June 9)
Of course, the rebels have been receiving massive shipments of armaments
from Qatar and Saudi Arabia for the past two years, all coordinated by
the Central Intelligence Agency. The Times characterized this position
as reflecting “a growing frustration if not desperation.” The rebels,
unable to advance on the ground, are really pressing for direct and
massive military intervention by the U.S. and its NATO allies.
*Military exercises in Jordan*
Jordanian media recently reported that 15,000 troops from 17 countries
will soon start massive military “exercises” inside Jordan. Participants
include the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Italy, Turkey, Yemen, Egypt and
others and will include air-sea and land operations.
The “war game,” dubbed Eager Lion 2013, will run for at least two weeks.
U.S. troops have already been stationed in Jordan and Turkey along with
Patriot missile batteries. The CIA has been widely reported as running
training camps for guerrilla forces to be sent into Syria. According to
the June 9 Jordan Times, “Major equipment utilised during the exercise
will include amphibious assault ships, AV-B Harrier II, C130 Hercules,
F18 Hornet, F16 Falcon, Patriot missile system and the V-22 Osprey tilt
rotor aircraft.” It is unclear how much of this equipment will be left
These war games are a direct threat against the government of Syria and
could easily be used to initiate a direct attack on Syria. The U.S. goal
of regime change in Syria is unlikely to be stopped by the failures of
its proxy rebels.
Two years ago the U.S. and NATO were faced with the total inability of
their Libyan proxies to advance militarily. The “solution” was to
declare a “no-fly zone” in Libya. Massive bombing of military and
civilian targets followed. In the end, the “rebels” simply walked into
the capital as imperialist planes cleared their path. A similar playbook
may be in preparation for Syria.
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