Pay-back time in Syria

IN JUST three weeks Russia’s war on terror has dealt devastating blows against the reactionary militias that were financed and armed by US imperialism, Turkey and the feudal kings of Arabia. While Russian jets pound terrorist positions the Syrian army has launched an offensive on all fronts against the brutal ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood gunmen who have spread death and destruction throughout the country over the past four years. Well over 1,000 have laid down their arms in return for an amnesty. Thousands more have fled back across the Turkish border.

This week Russian president Vladimir Putin and Syrian president Bashar al Assad met in the Kremlin to discuss the current situation and future action. Putin said that the Syrian people have been confronting terrorists “practically single-handedly” for years, withstanding considerable casualties but now they have achieved serious and positive results in this fight.

Assad thanked the Russians for their help stressing that political steps will follow military action. “The only aim for all of us should be what the Syrian people want as a future for their country.” Once the terrorists are defeated, it will take a united effort to rebuild the country economically and politically and to ensure peaceful coexistence for all, Assad concluded.

When Russia acted on the Syrian request for air-support we were swamped by the demands of the war-mongers and their media lackeys on both sides of the Atlantic for a robust Nato response to halt the Russian intervention — on the grounds that only Nato has the right to bomb Syrian terrorists, which in imperialist terms means only gunmen who don’t do the bidding of Washington and the oil princes. This was echoed by the “human rights” gang, who said little about four years of terrorist atrocities in Syria, but soon began bleating on about “civilian” victims of Russian air-raids and the fear of a direct Russian-American confrontation over the skies of Syria that could trigger a much wider conflict.

These days the imperialist media no longer possess the monopoly of information they once had. Russian, Middle Eastern and independent news reports can be watched and read by a switch of a TV channel or the click of a computer keyboard. People are now not so easily fooled by the lies of the imperialist media and public opinion in Britain and the United States is broadly behind the Russian intervention.

This has clearly been heeded in the United States. This week, the Americans signed an agreement with Russia regulating the operations of the two countries’ air forces in Syria. The deal is aimed at preventing incidents and providing for the smooth operation of the two nations’ aircraft, and for mutual aid in critical situations.

But clearly not in Britain. The Cameron government is openly considering sending the RAF into the fray to join the US-led operation in Syria, shamefully supported by a handful of Blairites in the Parliamentary Labour Party who hope to embarrass Labour’s leader, Jeremy Corbyn, with their treachery.

US imperialism is using every dirty trick in the book to bring down the Baathist-led popular front government in Syria which is the last Arab bastion of resistance to the American plan for total control over the Middle East and the immense oil reserves that lie beneath its sands. They’ve been thwarted but they haven’t given up.

The real purpose of the Nato-led operations over Syria is simply to prevent the Syrian Arab Airforce from attacking major rebel positions and to pave the way for the “no fly-zones” and “safe-havens” that the imperialists love to use as a pretence for open invasion and “regime change”.

The labour and peace movement must stand by Syria to make sure that Britain plays no part in it.