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(en) Letter from an Iberian anarchist in northern Syria: What can we learn from the Rojava revolution? By ANA (ca, pt)

Date Tue, 10 Jul 2018 09:33:33 +0300

What happens in Rojava today is a revolution. It is not perfect, it is not the utopia we can dream as we read Bonano on our recycled couches, it is not spontaneous revolt against all authority that tells us an invisible committee, it is not the epic revolution we imagine when we talk about the war of 36. But is here and now, and it is the closest to a revolution we can experience today. It's up to us to get into history as such. ---- What happens in northern Syria is a popular, organized and armed movement; who fights to exist and administer a territory against the forces that seek to occupy it. Based on collective action, a great revolutionary process is being advocated, where people are organized under the principles of democracy, pluralism and the liberation of women.

In Rojava one lives in a bloody war that is waged on many levels, where you not only fight forward against the Daesh (Islamic State) or against the Turkish army. It is fought in cities and in the countryside, seeking to build an economic system that holds capitalism that destroys society and the land that sustains it. It strives in families and communities, seeking to end the patriarchal system that oppresses women, defying gerontocracy denying the potential of youth, and building a self-organized and communal community. There is also a struggle in institutions, seeking to build a democratic system where people can decide on their lives and the lands they inhabit, consolidating community councils where people can solve problems collectively. An ideological war is also waged in the minds, fighting the individualistic, liberal, capitalist and patriarchal mentality in which the hegemonic powers sustain their power. Above all, one fights in the minds. And the way to fight is education, coexistence, collective and popular formation, where you learn to discern what we really need to live from what the system tells us we need to survive.

In Rojava we can learn the path that has the power to perpetuate is to keep ourselves isolated, playing against each other, to appear later, as the savior who - using systems of monopoly and centralization called States - manages influence in society, pretending to solve problems. We can learn that the statistics they present when they say that we come out of the crisis are nothing more than numbers and graphs that support their history, the history of power. This is how they pretend that, thanks to their interventions, the nation is secure and they have been able to avoid the disaster they themselves caused. And we can learn that they have not only been able to perpetuate their system of exploitation and plunder, but have been able to reinforce and protect it even more. You may not need to go to Rojava to learn these things, but here it is clearer than ever that the solution to our problems will not come from your hand, or from your parliaments, or even from your prefectures that now announce the change. The solution has to come from people because only people save the city.

By this, I do not mean that all the effort invested in penetrating your institutions is in vain. Institutions themselves are tools that should be used properly, but not just state institutions. PAH, for example, has been able to solve more problems than the Ministry of Housing. The correct way to understand and use institutions is when they serve to free the oppressed from their oppressors. And about this we can also learn in Rojava. Reaching state institutions can be worthwhile when behind the people who occupy these institutions, there is a popular revolutionary organization, willing to demand that institutions do what is right and to solve the problems they have caused. Otherwise, they only become demobilization tools,

Estado, colonialismo e revolução

What is happening today in Rojava is the result of more than 4 decades of experience and revolutionary organization. The social model that is being built is due to tens of thousands of people, men and women, armed and trained to defend themselves, and who were able to deal with the oppressive forces struggling to invade their homes. The expulsion of the Islamic state from their lands lowered their masks, and the Turkish army decided to continue its bloody war in Afrin, this time with its own soldiers. The Turkish state, like all states, needs the war to survive. War is its reason for being and its principle of prevailing. When military conflict is not profitable, the state will use all sorts of tools and strategies to crush the enemy (democratic society) from economic, media, or environmental warfare. But when with these weapons do not reach their goals, the last resort will always be the use of brute force, the military offensive. And this is something we must learn from Rojava.

Western states are not very different from Middle Eastern states, with the difference that those who are classified as their 'citizens' have many comforts and privileges. These mattress privileges serve to delay resistance and prevent a revolutionary movement that will question its hegemony. And it is important to remember that these privileges and facilities come to a greater extent from the exploitation and plunder of what we classify as the third world.

The Spanish state is an old connoisseur of colonial exploration. The brutal attacks and conquests in Latin America that began five centuries ago, plundering and destroying the indigenous population, brought great wealth and profits to the kingdom. Monopolies were consolidated that maintained a certain hegemony against the capitalist industrialism, that was born in England at that time. This system of colonial imperialism, of which the Spanish and Portuguese States were the pioneers, extended to other European states in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. And it is precisely this model that is now being fought in Rojava, with the experience of more than four decades of Kurdistan revolutionary liberation movement, and the centuries-old legacy of anticolonial movements worldwide.

An internationalist struggle

Since the beginning of the revolution in 2012, Rojava has proclaimed itself as an internationalist revolution. Hundreds of people - mostly Westerners, it must be said, came to the call to defend the revolution, and dozens of them fell martyrs fighting who tried to destroy them. In Syrian Kurdistan we can learn to appreciate the enormous sacrifice of those who gave their lives to defend the revolution not only of Rojava, but of all the revolutionary movements that fought for a more just and humane world.

The revolution that took place in Spain in 1936 is still an important milestone for revolutionary internationalism. Tens of thousands of socialist militants from more than 50 countries left their homes, fighting against fascism and taking up arms, knowing that if he were not detained in Spain he would also extend to their countries. More than a third of these international brigades have fallen martyrs in combat, and we must honor their memory and struggle with local militants, from the various revolutionary organizations, united in a popular front to face the barbarism of fascism, then dressed as national- Catholicism.

In Rojava, fascism is disguised as an Islamic caliphate, thus channeling accumulated hatred and frustration after years of imperialist interference. The brutal invasion of Iraq in 2003 led by the United States and the complete complicity of the Spanish state has been a major cause of terror and hatred, which has allowed the barbarity of the Islamic state to consolidate fleetingly. But unlike 36, in Rojava the revolutionary movement has been able to crush the enemy.

The end of the war in 39 was the trigger for what was World War II when Hitler was able to gain control of the German state to spread terror across Europe. Today Erdogan following in his footsteps, and the brutal geostrategic tensions accumulated in Syria in these more than 7 years of war, can unleash a war of equal or greater magnitude.

If not you, who? If not now, when?

Fascism advances if it is not fought, and the invasion of Afrin has been a terrible reminder that the peace achieved in Syrian Kurdish after defeating the Daesh means nothing while Erdogan follows the lead of the Turkish state.

The fascist uprising that Spain lived in 1936 was answered by a revolutionary uprising willing to do away with it. Faced with this extreme situation, dozens of socialist organizations - coordinated by the efforts of the international workers' congress - made a global call to end fascism in Spain. But Fascism is also able to internationalize when necessary, and as Italy and Germany came to the aid of General Franco, thousands of jihadists went to the caliph Al Baghdadi.

Now Islamic fascism in Rojava has a new flag, and Erdogan renewed the pact with Al Qaeda's heiress militias to occupy Afrin. Today they threaten Manbij, and they will not stop unless we confront them. Socialist internationalists are nothing more than ashes, from which we must resurface as a phoenix to confront the barbarians. Also anti-colonial struggles and anti-imperialist resistance must respond strongly to this brutal aggression against Syrian territory by Turkey, key army of the bloody military alliance that is NATO.

Rojava is ready to receive all the support that internationalists from around the world can offer. This revolution could be the rearguard we need, a rearguard for revolutionary movements around the world, as was Palestine. In order to confront global capitalism, we must develop a global revolutionary movement capable of confronting the enemy wherever he may be. We must do everything in our power to defend this revolution, we do not allow solidarity to remain only in words. If not us, who? If not here, where? If not now, when?

Long live international solidarity!

Ernesto Durruti

Academia Internacionalista sehîd Hêlîn Querez

Rojava, June 2018

Source: https://www.regeneracionlibertaria.org/carta-de-an-anarquista-iberico-en-el-norte-de-siria-que-podemos-aprender-de-la-revolucion-de-rojava

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