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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #279 - Syria: How to rebuild after Raqqa? (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Mon, 12 Feb 2018 09:33:35 +0200

Returning from Syrian Kurdistan where he joined the YPG as a foreign volunteer for several months, our comrade Arthur takes stock of the prospects for the peoples of the region after the deadly fighting in Raqqa. ---- It's no secret that the war against Daesh is coming to an end. The last few months have not been easy for the revolution, the Raqqa prize has been paid at the cost of the lives of many worthy comrades, but has also had a significant political cost. By that I mean that, by the pressure of the imperialist states that wanted to end their Islamist Frankenstein as soon as possible, the siege of Raqqa was a bloody battle. We are talking about several thousand civilians killed at least, and there is almost no building that bears the marks of fighting. What will the population say when they return to their battered city?

The task will be immense for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to make their proposal for democratic confederalism accepted in a field of smoking ruins. Especially since the Daesh territories have certainly been resumed but a large majority of its militants, having understood that they could do nothing against our assaults, supported by the air strikes of the coalition, have simply scattered and hidden among their supporters in population. This is the paradox of the eagerness to finish for the imperialists: the disproportionate destruction of this offensive have surely offered more opportunity for flight to the jihadists than a slower but more measured advance.

Win the hearts of people

The comrades on the spot are well aware of it, it is what I said in one of the first posts on my blog [1], the destiny of the revolution will be played in the post-Daech and the capacity to win the heart of the people. Nevertheless, given the state of the country's infrastructure, one of the issues will be very clearly reconstruction. As the song says: empty stomach, man can not argue. But with the ruthless blockade organized by Turkey and a complicated situation in Iraqi Kurdistan, a virtually non-existent industrial apparatus (the north of Syria has always been an inner colony, the breadbasket for the rest of the country), to whom to turn? The United States or Russia will soon offer assistance that will not be without compensation. The revolution is definitely a game more complicated than a tweet. It is here that we, activists around the world, have a role to play.

Arthur Aberlin

[1] To read on the blog kurdistan-autogestion-revolution.com

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