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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL - logbook, Volunteer fighter in Rojava # 11: "A war of high military and political intensity, that's what Afrîn is" (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]
Wed, 7 Feb 2018 08:57:15 +0200
"We are several dozens of internationals (understand Westerners, Kurds do not consider
their Turkish as international camardes) from there, and it is no surprise that we are
almost" political "(revolutionary)." ---- We echo below the logbook published on Facebook
of a revolutionary French-speaking activist in the YPG. He shares his analyzes, his
critics, and tells the highlights of his career. An indispensable human and political
testimony. ---- The headings and footnotes are from the AL web team. ---- Read the other
episodes here. ---- Rojava, Kobanê Township, January 27, 2018 ---- After 13 months in
Rojava, when I was thinking of returning in March or April and not returning to the front
by then, the situation leads me to change my decision. ---- Tomorrow I leave for Afrîn,
who as you know is attacked by the Turkish state. The invasion of the canton of Afrin by
Turkey and the Kurdish resistance that unfolds there symbolize a new battle against fascism.
All our YPG-YPJ comrades, the PKK and the Turkish revolutionary parties agree that this
will be the most difficult front we have ever seen in Rojava, but that it will also be the
most political. A war of high military and political intensity, that is Afrîn.
Fighting NATO's second largest army also involves a new form of war, a form of semi-rural
and semi-urban guerrilla warfare, quite different from the conflict with Daesh.
But we will also have to face the Islamist groups of northern Syria type Al-Nusra /
Al-Cham, and the pro-Turkish ASL that is nothing but a reactionary armed gang.
We are several dozens of internationals (understand Westerners, Kurds do not consider
their Turkish camardas as international) from there, and it is no surprise that we are
almost "politicians" (revolutionaries).
This time we will leave as members of the Turkish parties, mainly DKP / BÖG and TKPML /
TIKKO, and also come with us the MLSPB, the MKP, the TKPL. The MLKP will not join us, not
in the immediate future anyway (understand that their international volunteers do not
follow us yet). The International Freedom Battalion is still in Raqqa, where the Islamic
State continues to conduct lightning attacks, hiding among civilians trying to rebuild
their city. In the South, towards Deir-Ez-Zor, the YPG / YPJ / FDS continue to take
villages to the IS.
The Rojava, and especially the Rojavi, are under a massive attack, and must fight on
several front. The extreme left European, in his habitual cowardice, provides a form of
support more than substance .
Our departure is therefore also a call to solidarity. We expect from our comrades around
the world that they and they share news about the situation in Kurdistan. That they find
funds for the organizations invested in Rojava. Without money we will not be able to fight
Turkish bombardment on Afrin on 20 January 2018.
The war exhausts us all, empties us of a certain vital substance that could be innocence,
but the war is also the affirmation of an irremediable political confrontation, it is the
irreversibility of a situation which was and which will no longer be.
This is why we must see here a possibility. That of arresting the fascist enemy first,
then confronting it, and repelling it afterwards ; to remove the confusion to push people
to take sides.
Because we must now take sides, make a simple choice between freedom and barbarism,
fascism or revolution.
Neutrality is not allowed, and indifference is a crime.
In the hills and olive groves of Afrin, people are fighting. They are apoists, communists,
anarchists, radical democrats or simply antifascists. They're ours. Do not forget them.
 This remark does not apply to AL, the author has transmitted to us, Editor's note.
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