Stop the War Coaltiion have rescinded an invitation to a Syrian member of the UK-based Syria Solidarity Movement, Abdul Aziz Al-Mashi, who was due to speak at a local Birmingham event – because they were “told” (presumably by their national leadership) that the Syria Solidarity movement “supported an imperialist-imposed No-Fly zone” (that didn’t stop them jumping on a record London demo for refugees organised by the Syria Solidarity Movement two weeks earlier however).
As it happens, there is a variety of opinions within the Syria Solidarity Movement on the subject, and two SSM members have written on opposing a NFZ (mainly because it’s the exact opposite of what is currently happening, with both the US and Russia bombing Syrian rebels and coordinating the same airspace with the Assad regime). You can read their articles here and here.
What makes this absolutely insane however, is that one of the panel’s speakers (whose invitation has most certainly not been rescinded) is a member of the PYD, i.e. the *only* force serving as a ground force for the current “imperialist airstrikes” in Syria, and one which has repeatedly praised the “imperialist US” for its airstrikes (and asked them for more).
And we’re supposed to believe there’s no socialist “bias”, right?
Just in case there is any doubt as to the vacuous, ideologically inconsistent, unprincipled hypocrisy of the pro-fascist Stop the War Coalition.
Let STWC continue its hemorrhage of British Muslim support.
Loads of news as Syria’s endgame approaches.
Roundup: both US and Russian (‘advisory’) forces in Syria
1) Russian envoy at the UN states: the US does not want regime to fall http://in.rbth.com/news/2015/09/16/us-does-not-want-asad-regime-in-syria-to-fall-rusian-envoy-at-un_397119
2) US Defence spokesman: US special op forces enter Syria, to advise YPG, whilst Russian forces enter to advise regime
(Presumably, they will now be aptly described, by the Western left’s scab opponents of the Syrian revolution, as “proxies”)
3) US newspaper: Ground invasion needed to fight ISIS
4) Pictured: Russian armoured tanks in Syria
5) Revolutionary forces launch missile attacks on Russian positions
Only difference between US and Russian policy on Syria – US wanted to prolong the conflict and to weaken (but maintain) the regime, Russia wanted regime’s stability.
It is tempting to state that this (de facto) inter-imperialist alliance is unprecedented, but the fact is that such alliances have occurred with relative regularity between imperialist competitors throughout history. This is just the most substantial one to yet happen in the post-CW era, where the conflict in this case between the US and Russia is not ideological (or even a pretense of ideology), but pure geopolitical competition.
5 years of lies, coming to an end. Pity about those who allowed Western powers to bluff their way full circle.
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