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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL - international, Syria: Kurdish left alone against all (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 10 Sep 2016 11:16:13 +0300

It had to happen eventually: Western imperialists unleash the YPG to please Ankara. The open parenthesis there two years Kobanî closes. But there is no choice: the struggle continues. ---- With the entry of the Turkish army in Syria on 24 August, the civil war enters a new phase. This martyr country is, more than ever, the sport of rivalries between imperialist powers - Iran, Turkey, Russian, American, French, British, Saudi, Emirati, Qatari ... ---- In this cruel quagmire, Alternative Libertaire supports, since 2014, the forces of the Kurdish left - the PYD and the YPG-YPJ militias now spearhead of the Arab-Syrian coalition Kurdish Democratic Forces (SDS). If AL supports the Kurdish left, not only because it is "our best defense against Daech" as we hear too often in the mouths of some Westerners, but especially because it is the only political force to propose a project federalist, democratic, feminist and, somehow, secular, for the Middle East. A project where all the cultural components of the region - Arabs, Kurds, Turkmen, Sunni, Shiite, Christian, Yezidi ... - can live in equality. In this sense, it is the strength of any and all friends of freedom and emancipation.

For everyone, this is obvious: the Turkish army did not enter Syria to fight Daech; and not really either to fight Bashar; it has occupied the region that Djarabulus to prevent the junction of the cantons of Afrin and Ayn al-Arab, and therefore the territorial unification of Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan). Ankara and initiates the formation of the "buffer zone" it announces for years, and that will allow it to continue to control the jihadists chains that leave its territory to join Raqqa, the capital of the "Caliphate". Incidentally, the Turkish military shelled the positions of FDS, and shelled several villages under their control, leaving dozens dead.

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The Rojava, a pawn on the chessboard imperialist

Since the battle of Ayn al-Arab (September 2014-June 2015), the Kurdish Left accepted the financial and material support of some foreign powers (Russia, USA, France ...) not to remain isolated against other ( Iran, Turkey, Damascus regime ...).

If you want to see the glass half full, we can say it played, with some skill, one imperialism against another.

If you want to see the glass half empty, we can say it played a dangerous game. Because obviously the imperialists see in the Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) a pawn on their chessboard. And it is this piece that they are sacrificing.

Dropping from Washington, Moscow and Paris

Fait accompli, the United States is trying in vain to limit the clashes between their historical ally in NATO (Turkey) and occasional ally (SDS). But fundamentally, John Kerry was quick to assure his loyalty Ankara and to distance itself from the SDS. On 26 August, he said in Geneva:

"We are a united Syria. We support any independent Kurdish initiative. There was a limited engagement, as everyone knows, with a component of Kurdish fighters, on a limited basis, and we have cooperated very closely with Turkey to fully ensure that there is a better understanding of the rules governing this commitment. "

Echoing his Russian counterpart Lavrov Segueï, immediately added:

"I believe that Kurds must remain a part of the Syrian state, and be part of the solution, rather than being an actor instrumentalized to atomize and fragment the country."

Russia, godmother of Bashar Assad, and full reconciliation with Turkey since the Erdogan-Putin meeting on August 10, and sets the limits to which they wish the MSDS comply. It is however careful not to condemn the Turkish attack[1].

France is slavishly aligned Ankara. François Hollande, reported, on August 25 to "understand" the Turkish intervention, letting out a few words of regret for the Turkish bombardment on the positions of FDS[2].

Viyan Qamislo
This militia YPJ fell Wednesday, September 1 Daech face on the front of Manbij.
Cc blog Kurdish Struggle
"The Kurds have their friends to the mountains"

We must not imagine that the Kurdish left is surprise of this desertion. From the beginning, she knew very well that this benevolence on the part of Western imperialists was only temporary. "The Kurds have their friends to the mountains," says a local proverb, meaning that this people must rely on itself.

In the coming weeks, if it continues dropping, the Kurdish left may end up alone again well. For our part, we will continue to support its action. Because the face of bloody potentates Ankara, Damascus or Raqqa, it embodies the only possibility of a democratic alternative, federalist and popular.

Alternative Libertaire, August 31, 2016

[1]"Remarks With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a Press Availability" , Geneva, 26 August 2016.

[2]"Turkey. François Hollande "includes" intervention in Syria " , on Letelegramme.fr

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