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(en) Czech, AFED: Watch out for anti-imperialism idiots! - Review of the brochure "We told you" about the Syrian perspective of the war in Ukraine (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Thu, 30 Jun 2022 08:36:12 +0300

One of the publications prepared for this year's Anarchist Book Festival (AFK) was a yellow-blue brochure, published by Salé Distribution , which, even after the demise of the Salé info shop, is actively involved in disseminating (not only) anarchist books and other publications. The brochure called We Told You This is a great contribution to the debate on the war in Ukraine. He views it from the perspective of one collective, two authors and two authors from the perspective of the Syrian revolution against dictator Bashar al-Assad. It reveals the bloody fascist nature of Putin's regime, the hypocrisy of the West, which has "looked elsewhere" for years, as well as the idiocy of the part of the left that has imprisoned itself in the prism of Euro-Atlantic imperialism.

The latter criticism is directed at the text "Anti-imperialism 'of idiots" , which is the only one in the pre-invasion date, for example at the British organization Stop the War, which has deeply authoritarian tendencies, and simply does not remain shy Noam Chomsky. The aspirations of imperialist and anti-war organizations are convicted of manifesting imperial manners themselves, and their discourse is often indistinguishable from the fascist one.

Robin Yassin-Kassab (he was a lecturer at AFK in 2018) clearly states in the text "Irrationality": "Everything the West has cared about for years is business. Russia could burn Syria and tear down Georgia and Ukraine, and China could destroy the Uighur people, but the trade in killers had to continue because business mattered. "And suddenly the world is surprised to launch a large-scale Russian invasion. "We told you, " Marcelle Shehwaro shouts in his "Safety" post. After all, "Syria was a test ground for the Russian army," says in the text "Why Ukraine is with the Irish cause"Yassin Al-Haj Saleh. At the same time, he expresses hope: "Russia's defeat would be a victory not only for Ukraine, but for the whole world. The defeat of Putin could also put an end to his political life, which is the best news for the Russian Democrats. in the world."

The main text of the collection is a text from an exile group from Paris entitled "War in Ukraine: ten lessons from Syria" . It does not try to compare the situation in Syria and Ukraine, yet it finds much that can be passed on as cruel knowledge. I feel the need to at least list the individual points: 1) Listen to the voices in the place; 2) Not to prefer geopolitics to ordinary protagonists of the conflict; 3) Do not differentiate between exiles; 4) Beware of the narrative of corporate media; 5) Not to make the Western countries an axis of good; 6) Fight against all imperialisms; 7) Not attribute the same responsibility to Ukraine and Russia; 8) Understand that Ukrainian society is crossed by different currents; 9) Support popular resistance in Ukraine and Russia; 10) Build a new internationalism from below.

The brochure therefore leads us to listen not only to ordinary people who are close to us in Ukraine, Russia, and therefore to Belarus and Kazakhstan, but also to those who have gone through or are going through some similar experience, such as the Syrians just mentioned. It is certainly better than getting as imperial as those we hate so much to get stuck in their own bubbles from human lives alienated by ideologies.

We told you. Syrian perspective of the war in Ukraine. Salé distribution 2022, 44 pages A5, 50 CZK. Available at saledistro.org .

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