The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 20th April 2018


by our Arab Affairs correspondent

MILLIONS of people throughout the world have taken to the streets to condemn the American attack on Syria last weekend and show their support for Bashar al Assad’s popular front government in Damascus. No one was killed in the imperialist raids, but a number of troops and civilians were injured.

Britain and France launched missile attacks on targets in Damascus and the central province of Homs to retaliate for the Syrian army’s alleged use of chemical weapons in Douma on 7th April. The Syrian Arab Army said their air defence system had intercepted most of the missiles and vowed to continue fighting the foreign-backed terrorism in Syria.

The attacks came just before the arrival of the international investigators of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), who intend to visit Douma, where the alleged poison gas attack took place. The Russians say that they have “irrefutable proof” that the so-called poison gas attack was a false-flag operation orchestrated by British intelligence with support from the Americans to justify the aggression against Syria.

Thousands of Syrians poured into the main square of the capital, Damascus, immediately after the missile attacks to celebrate the Syrian army’s success in shooting down or derailing most of the enemy’s rockets. Many carried posters of Bashar al Assad and waved Syrian, Russian and Iranian flags. Some clapped their hands and danced, others drove in convoys, honking their horns in defiance.

Russian president Vladimir Putin denounced US imperialism and its French and British allies for launching the strike without waiting for inspectors from the international chemical weapons watchdog to visit the area. Putin called the attack “aggression against a sovereign state which is at the forefront of the fight against terrorism” and Russia’s ambassador to the USA warned that the US strikes against Syria “will not be left without consequences.”

A barrage of missiles was launched against alleged Syrian chemical warfare establishments from American aircraft and warships whilst a handful were fired by the RAF and the French air-force in support of the operation. But the Russians, whose air-defences may have helped the Syrians fend off the onslaught, say that 71 of the 103 incoming missiles were downed by Syria’s air defences before reaching their targets. All the bases and facilities struck in the US-led attack had been evacuated by the Syrian government earlier this week, on prior warning from Russia of the strikes. The Pentagon claims most of their missiles got through to destroy what they said were “chemical weapons” facilities at a number of sites in Syria. But they could not explain why there was no dispersal of chemical agent clouds if the chemical weapons facilities had been hit.

In the meantime, evidence that the whole Douma “poison gas” incident was manufactured by British and American intelligence in collusion with the terrorists was uncovered by Russian troops when they discovered a warehouse containing chemicals used to make poison gas in the recently liberated town in eastern Ghouta this week. Russian chemical defence specialist Alexander Rodionov told the media: “The discovered substances, such as thiodiglycol and diethanolamine, are necessary for the production of sulphur and nitrogen mustard gas. In addition, a cylinder with chlorine, similar to that used by militiamen for setting up the widespread fake story, was found in the warehouse. It can be concluded that this laboratory was used by illegal armed groups for the production of poisonous substances.”

Over 50 communist and workers parties, including the New Communist Party of Britain, have signed a statement condemning the imperialist aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic. The parties said this was an “unacceptable act of aggression, which is a clear violation of the United Nations Charter and of international law” that had “unpredictable and dangerous consequences for Syria, the Middle East and the world.” The communists called “for solidarity with the Syrian people who have, for seven years, been confronting the aggression by US imperialism and its allies — whether directly or by the proxy action of terrorist groups — resisting and fighting to defend the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of their country, and their right to decide about their destiny, free from any interference.”