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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL - logbook, A libertarian communist in YPG # 16: " I draw my bow, the fight goes on ! " (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]
Thu, 4 Jan 2018 11:21:20 +0200
" I think we should have been more numerous and more to take the plunge. Hundreds of
internationalist volunteers on the ground, while Daesh has managed to attract more than
30,000 people to "jihad" ... " ---- Libertarian Alternative reproduces the blog posts
Kurdistan-Autogestion-Revolution , travel journal of a comrade engaged in the YPG. ----
Over the weeks, he will testify to the life within the fighting militias, the debates that
take place there and the experience of the democratic confederalism in the liberated
zones. ---- Hello to all ! ---- After a long silence, I resume the pen to draw
(temporarily) my bow. ---- I left Syria and have been back in Europe for a few weeks.
After having participated in the battle of Mansourah, that I related on this blog, I
chained with that of Raqqa, capital then tomb of the caliphate. A painful, cruel,
suffocating battle ... I will not write more, for the moment, on the subject. You have
been able to read enough various reports to make an image of it.
I then spent several weeks in the back, with my classmates, where I participated in some
political and social projects, but where I also not quite decompressed. And here I am
back, after the obligatory passage by Kurdistan of Iraq, then in the middle of a tumult
following the tragicomic referendum of independence of Barzani.
Sorry for keeping such an erratic diary. I must admit that despite my good resolutions, it
was far from being my priority ... I also believe that I was not very satisfied with my
first tickets. It is difficult, when one is caught in the whirlwind of a revolution, to
produce a relevant analysis. Although the field experience is irreplaceable, it may take
some time and distance to analyze the situation more calmly.
Do I have any regrets ?
Not to have committed anyway. I think we should have been more numerous and more to take
the plunge. A few hundred internationalist volunteers on the ground, while Daesh has
managed to attract more than 30,000 people to " jihad " ... There are plenty of excuses
for not taking part in this fight. But to wait for the perfect revolution before acting is
to condemn oneself to impotence.
And then, after having shared the lives of these brave and self-sacrificing militiamen,
seen comrades fall in the fight for freedom and revolution, it is painful - it's a
euphemism - to read comments malicious or slanderous on the Internet, by rebels living ...
Let it be said: after Raqqa, nothing is finished. The revolution has never needed the
sincere support of the revolutionaries so much, while the future of Syria - and more
broadly of the Middle East - is subject to inter-imperialist tensions. Of course, we must
be critical in our support, but a criticism only comes if it is linked to a sincere and
concrete involvement in this fight. This is what sets it apart from the dilettante commentary.
In these few lines, I closed my participation in this blog and I give the keyboard to
another friend of Alternative Libertaire, who arrived in Rojava shortly before my departure.
I hope to meet you in the struggles, and during meetings that AL will organize during 2018.
See you soon !
Arthur Aberlin, December 27, 2017
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