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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL - logbook, A libertarian communist in the YPG # 15: "We have an immense political responsibility" (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Wed, 27 Sep 2017 08:57:48 +0300


"The real challenge will be to implant democratic confederalism in the Raqqa region, where the jihadists have succeeded in creating a popular base." ---- Alternative libertarian reproduces the blog posts Kurdistan-Autogestion-Revolution , a travel diary of a fellow committed to the YPG. ---- Over the course of the weeks, he will testify to the life of the fighting militias, the debates that take place there and the experience of democratic confederalism in the liberated areas. ---- Raqqa East Front, September 20, 2017 ---- Continued from my previous post. ---- Less than a quarter of an hour after the caravan of fleeing jihadists left my field of vision, the town of Mansoura suddenly came alive again. People came out of their house, found their neighbors, and began to walk around the streets with caution. At first, wearing a white flag.

Shortly afterwards, the inhabitants and the inhabitants who had taken refuge on the outskirts of the city in makeshift camps returned to find their homes. People seemed happy. Difficult to know if it was because they were delivered from Daech or because the fighting was over, without being too long or too destructive.

Some came to invite us to share the tea, or simply tell us how Daech treated them. It was far from the majority. Most contented themselves with expressing their satisfaction by greeting us when they passed not far from us. Difficult to disentangle what belonged to the adhesion and the precautions that one takes with the conquerors.

Implementing democratic confederalism

We have an immense political responsibility for the liberated populations.

War is the continuation of politics by other means (Clausewitz, to be read !). Ultimately, any military action has meaning only linked to a political objective. This is something that the SDS has integrated. We have been told it fairly throughout our training: the real challenge for the revolution will begin once Daech is defeated.

Now Daech is already virtually defeated. It is only a matter of time. The annihilation of its troops is rather secondary, and that is why we have preferred to negotiate their departure from Mansoura.

The real challenge will be to implant democratic confederalism in the Raqqa region, where the jihadists have succeeded in creating a popular base.

If we succeed, not only will the revolution have taken a giant leap around an anti-state and egalitarian society model, but we will have eliminated the soil favorable to a possible resurgence of jihadism. From this point of view, the capture of Mansoura is a master stroke. The FDS avoided maximum damage and civilian casualties, which showed the population that we care about it. On the other hand, by limiting the urban fighting, we preserved our troops, which was indispensable before the battle of Raqqa.

As for the Islamic state in Mansoura, it was beaten on several levels. First, he had to give us a lot of equipment - tens of tons of explosives, tanks, and so on. Secondly, he will not be able to count on the discontent of the population. Tertio, as his fighters have chosen to save their lives, as ordinary mortals would have done, he will not be able to produce his usual mystical narrative around martyrdom.

Arthur Aberlin

http://www.alternativelibertaire.org/?Un-communiste-libertaire-dans-les-YPG-15-Nous-avons-une-immense-responsabilite
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