Monthly Archives: June 2016

My Thoughts on Syria

Syria’s Civil War really isn’t that difficult to understand. For the past four decades Syria was a totalitarian dictatorship. It was a fascist police state, institutionally racist, corrupt, free-market capitalist and run by an elite of rich cronies – the Assad dynasty. By 2011, many Syrians were fed up with this shite state of affairs and, inspired by similar uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia against the ruling class, hit the streets demanding change. They were fed up of never-ending corruption and unemployment. They were fed up of skyrocketing poverty and social subsidies for the poor being slashed. They were angry that schoolkids had been tortured just for spraying anti-government graffiti.  They were yearning for an end to oppressive dictatorship and for the freedom to control their country’s destiny. However the Assad government weren’t keen on this vision and shot back at the pro-democracy protesters. This provoked outrage across Syria. Assad’s murderous response to the protests gave dissidents no choice but to engage in armed struggle for freedom. What started off as protests for mild democratic reforms ended up being a full-blown revolution, led by peasants, workers, young people and the urban poor. For the past half-decade Syrian guerillas in the FSA have been fighting to topple the Assad dictatorship, but their insurrection has been met with many setbacks and betrayals. The rise of Daesh (which can be attributed to Assad’s brutality), the grubby deals between some sell-out Kurdish militias and the regime, international indifference to the suffering and imperialist bombing raids in the sky have caused untold complications. Added to the fact half a million (!!) Syrians have been killed, 12 million are domestically uprooted, millions have risked watery graves to get to Europe, and ancient cities have been blown to smithereens, it’s a sorry and desperate situation. Definitely the most pressing political issue of our time!

Sadly for much of the European left, it’s a different story. They’re not concerned with actual Syrian lives. They merely look through the ice-cold lens of geopolitics. They’ve lapped up a  bullshit narrative about Assad being an anti-imperialist lionheart resisting foreign powers hellbent on regime change. Apparently there’s no moderate forces in Syria, just CIA sponsored, liver-eating jihadists. This annoys me. Incredible Syrian revolutionaries, opposition fighters and guerillas DO exist – obviously! They are diverse politically, ethnically, culturally, and religiously with Arabs, Kurds, Assyrians and Turkmen all involved in the fight for a new Syria. And whilst some reactionary, more fundamentalist factions do exist, the majority want democracy, civil liberties and an end to Assad’s tyranny. The Free Syrian Army is one of the primary armed wings of the opposition forces. It is made up of local self-defence militias and deserters from Assad’s army, and is largely committed to non-sectarianism and social justice. Some ‘woke’ Stalinist losers slander them as American proxies led by ‘Islamist fanatics’, but they’re pig-ignorant racists and can be forgotten.

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george galloway thinks the syrian revolution is part of a zionist-nato ‘project for the new amercian century’ plot to replace the glorious assad regime with a pro-Washington islamist client state. 

The FSA are the good people in this whole situation. They are supported on the ground by local coordinating committees and revolutionary councils that organise demonstrations and strikes. Many are led by women and former political prisoners. The very fact these councils still exist and are delivering survival services to people in spite of the bombing raids, chaos on the streets and repressive political climate is amazing and a testament to the Syrian people’s resolve. It should also be noted, the Free Syrian Army aren’t just battling the Assad regime. They’re also effectively fighting Daesh and Al-Nusra as well, which is incredible considering the world has totally snubbed their pleas for weapons. There are some trashy leftists who’d have you believe the FSA and ISIL are in cahoots together, but we can take comfort in the stupidity of such people and ignore their delirious ill-informed ways. They’re simply wrong! The real baddies in Syria are the Assad government and the sectarian militias that have been imported to prop it up. Of course, Daesh are horrible and need to be defeated. They’re barbarians with a puritanical agenda who enslave women, throw gays off buildings, kill activists and massacre religious minorities. They are rightly portrayed as evil, but the largely-unknown reality is, Assad is FAR more brutal and murderous. He has killed way more civilians and displaced way more refugees. He basically allowed Daesh to flourish in the first place, and far from fighting them, he slyly cooperates with them against the pro-democracy rebels. Disgusting!

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See EU Later, Baby!

I’d like to clear up some stuff about the recently passed EU referendum.

NO, it absolutely wasn’t a choice between two equally bad options. Don’t let some wimpy Lexiter try and tell you that. One evil was significantly less bad than the other. There’s crap aspects about the EU, sure, but the free movement of people, guaranteed workers’ and human rights’ provisions and six decades of relative peace in Western Europe all represented sound arguments for voting Remain. Meanwhile Leave screamed like a demon for militarized borders, getting rid of ‘red tape’ (i.e. minimal labour protections) and hellish new free-trade deals that will impoverish people in the global south. White ‘Lexiters’ – your socialists who voted Leave for anticapitalist reasons – can make lousy half-assed attempts to justify themselves in voting for this nightmare, but no matter how hard they try, they can’t absolve themselves. They can call me a ‘liberal’ and ‘apologist for capitalism’ all they like – doesn’t change the fact they sided with fascist nativists for even more draconian immigration laws, and in doing so, have emboldened Europe’s far-right and neo-Nazis. Of course, Lexiters – 99% of them being contrarian white dudes – won’t experience the rough side-effects of this victory. They’ll be clucking contentedly in their privileged bubbles, blissfully unaffected by the post-Brexit racist backlash against immigrants or just anybody perceived to be ‘foreign’. When shit really hits the fan, and the British economy tanks – as it inevitably will – where will the broleteriat be when immigrants are on the receiving end of even more intense hostility and violence? Will they fight the insurgent fash and defend them? Will they hell! I know these people and can testify that they’re nothing but cowardly, wannabe-edgy opportunists. They are content in throwing migrants under the bus in the pursuit of their ‘Lexit’ fantasies. Migrants and their residency rights are merely collateral damage in their eyes.

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Secondly, Lexiters are trying to get off the hook and deflect attention away from their spectacularly stupid voting choice. They’re saying ‘stop baiting fellow socialists!’ and are encouraging people to ‘unite’. Let me think… no! I won’t be linking arms with idiots who consider themselves left wing and yet pushed for this agenda, so steeped in racism, xenophobia and putrid British chauvinism, all in the name of… what? Accelerating a proletarian revolution? Pfft. Their whole argument was incredibly stupid, delusional, naive, based on wishful thinking and just generally awful. My participation in the phoney ‘progressive’ circles that pushed for this nonsense will be precisely ZERO. I simply won’t be ‘uniting’ with so-called comrades who legitimised and encouraged racism in the name of helping working class people. And hey, I don’t need to unite with you against the ‘real enemy’. You gave a leftist veneer to the real enemy, and as far as I’m concerned, that makes you the real enemy as well. I’m sorry but I take no prisoners and the concept of ‘left unity’ is meaningless to me, so I have zero obligations to be respectful or polite towards Lexiters. Just because we both support public ownership of railways doesn’t mean I’ll hold back in saying you’re all obtuse pieces of trash, basically.

There’s so much more I take issue with. The idea the Leave vote was a ‘working class uprising’. Was it hell. Brexit was backed by business tycoons, oligarchs and millionaire tabloid bosses. And as someone from rural Dumfries and Galloway, I can confirm the right-wing farmers endemic to this region – don’t listen to them whining about low milk prices, they’re still absolutely loaded – were fully behind Leave. So the idea that pulling out the EU only appealed to low-income peoples is demonstrably untrue and based on a kind of misty romanticism about the oppressed labouring masses ‘rising up’ against the Brussels elites. Um no. If so, how can that explain the English Black and Asian working class voting overwhelmingly to Remain? Or post-industrial dirt poor urban areas like Glasgow, Dundee and Central Scotland opting to stay in the so-called ‘bosses club’ in huge numbers? It doesn’t! It’s a very flawed analysis.

So I’m still very angry. I don’t even know why. I’m 17 and didn’t qualify to vote. I’m just pissed off at the Lexit camp’s stupidity. Vote Leave to escape TTIP they say… do they really think raging neolibs like May, Leadsom, Gove and Farage (who, btw, NOW RUN THE COUNTRY) won’t negotiate free-trade pacts that let the corporate titans run riot? Vote Leave to show solidarity with austerity-ravaged Greece they say… will that be the same Greece where 8/10 people are pro-EU? And where the only forces advocating ‘Grexit’ there are literal fascists like Golden Dawn and homophobic Stalinist crackpots? Vote Leave because Europe has mishandled the refugee crisis they say… it’s a bit odd Lexiters are all-of-a-sudden caring about refugees considering they idolise the dictatorships that push them into the dinghies. It’s insincere and really quite shameful. However, overall, this was a huge victory to the radical right. Fear triumphed over reason and visceral anti-migrant hatred won over a sense of internationalism and solidarity. What a shit country we live in.