by Yossi Schwartz, Internationalist Socialist League (Israel/Occupied Palestine), 25.3.2013
Obama’s visit to Israel is part of the US strategy against the Arab Revolution in Syria, Egypt, and Tunisia and at the same time the plundering of Iran's oil. He came to Israel to build and reinforce the military alliance between Israel, Turkey and Jordan.
The news agency The Associated Press reports about the discussions amongst the imperialists leading circles to intervene in Syria in order to contain the Revolution in Syria from spreading to the whole region:
The top U.S. military commander in Europe said Tuesday that NATO is conducting contingency planning for possible military involvement in Syria and American forces would be prepared if called upon by the United Nations and member countries.
The Syrian civil war marked an ignominious two-year milestone this week with no sign that President Bashar Assad is close to giving up power. Adm. James Stavridis, commander of U.S. European Command, told a Senate panel that the United States is "looking at a variety of operations."
"We are prepared if called upon to be engaged," Stavridis told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Stavridis, who is retiring soon, also said the option of assisting the opposition forces in Syria in ways that would break the deadlock are being actively explored by NATO members. A resolution from the U.N. Security Council and agreement among the alliance's 28 members would be required before NATO assumes a military role in Syria, he said.
"The Syrian situation continues to become worse and worse and worse - 70,000 killed, a million refugees pushed out of the country, probably 2.5 million internally displaced (people)," Stavridis said. "No end in sight to a vicious civil war."
The commander said discussions within the NATO member countries have focused on imposing a no-fly zone, providing lethal support to the Syrian opposition forces and imposing arms embargoes.
Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., asked whether there is any consideration of targeting Syria's air defenses. Stavridis simply said yes. (CBC News: NATO planning for possible Syria missions, official says, March 19, 2013, http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57575123/nato-planning-for-possible-syria-missions-official-says/)
The Internationalist Socialist League (Israel/Occupied Palestine) and our comrades in the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) support the mass revolutionary movement against Assad even when it is led by the Islamists, armed by Saudi Arabia and Qatar. At the same time we oppose any imperialist military intervention and those who calls for such imperialist intervention. In a case of an imperialist intervention we will call on the masses to fight in two fronts. One against Assad and the other one against the imperialists.
US imperialism tries to rebuild the reactionary alliance of Turkey and Israel
To free the hands of the Israeli army Obama has to get the support of the Palestinian Authority (PA). Thus he pushes Abu Mazen to further subordinate to Israel and to return to the so called "peace negotiations". This explains why Barack Obama has urged the PA to drop the demand for a freeze in Israeli settlement building as a precondition for "peace" talks. Obama declared that he is committed to a two-state solution, but said at the same time that both sides may have to "push through" disagreements. In simple words that Israel will be allowed to expand the settlements and the PA will continue to repress the opposition to the Zionist repression and land grabbing and give up even on token resistance.
Obama has a long record of opposing even the mini Palestinian state, the caricature of the right of self determination of the Palestinians. In 2011, Obama declared that any peace agreement must take into account Israel's security needs and cannot be imposed from the outside. In other words: if the PA is dreaming of even a mini state on the borders of 1967', the US opposes it as the settlements are security needs of Israel.
When the United Nations General Assembly granted the Palestinians non-member observer status in November 2012, President Obama and his administration stood up against the resolution and made said that the recognition of the Palestinian status was detrimental to peace. US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan stated: "we will continue to oppose firmly any and all unilateral actions in international bodies or treaties that circumvent or prejudge the very outcomes that can only be negotiated, including Palestinian statehood." (Explanation of Vote by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Following UN General Assembly Vote on Palestinian Observer State Status Resolution, November 29, 2012, http://usun.state.gov/briefing/statements/201226.htm)
Many Palestinians understand that Obama is the supporter of the Zionists and an enemy of the Palestinians. The Palestinians do not trust Abu Mazen. As a gesture that reflects the feeling of most Palestinians militants fired rockets into Israel from Gaza during Obama visit.
Under Obama’s pressure Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized to Turkey's leader for a deadly 2010 raid on a Turkish ship. This is a step to improve the relations between US imperialism and its allies and servants aimed against Syria, Iran and the Palestinians.
Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu has been seeking a war against Iran for long time. However Israel does not dare to go to a war against Iran by itself and so far the US has been very reluctant to go to another war. The US is a decaying power that cannot play anymore the world super cop. Already in Libya the US played a minor role and in Mali even smaller role.
The reconciliation between Israel and Turkey open a new option before Israel to join forces with Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia to intervene military in Syria, to attack Iran and the Palestinians.
Öcalan betrays the Kurdish Liberation Struggle
To free the hands of the Turkish army, the Turkish capitalists need a cease fire with the oppressed Kurds. The jailed Kurdish guerrillas' leader, Abdullah Öcalan, has used the Kurdish new year celebrations to call a ceasefire in the 30-year war with the Turkish state in the biggest boost to an incipient peace process in years.
"The weapons should fall silent, politics should speak," said a statement on 21.3. from Öcalan broadcast on Kurdish TV, as hundreds of thousands of Kurds thronged the streets of the south-eastern city of Diyarbakir, their capital, for the Newroz New Year celebrations.
The Öcalan statement added that the estimated 3,500 PKK fighters inside Turkey should leave the country for their strongholds in the Qandil Mountains of northern Iraq. "This is not the end. This is the beginning of a period," said the declaration.
The PKK released eight Turkish hostages who had been held captive in northern Iraq for up to two years. Sadullah Ergin, the Turkish justice minister, told reporters on Monday that he expected all three steps to be successfully completed by the end of 2013. If the PKK heed their leader's call, the entire organisation's estimated 3,500 fighters based in Turkey will have withdrawn by August.
Öcalan stressed in his peace roadmap that the Kurds do not demand a separate independent state, but only judicial changes that would guarantee Turkey's Kurdish population cultural rights.
In simple words the PKK leadership has betrayed the struggle of the Kurds by giving up on the right of self determination of the Kurds who are dividing in different countries and have the right to a Kurdish republic.
The working class led by a revolutionary party must take power!
Once again it is clear that whether in the struggle of the Palestinians or the Kurds for self determination, the bourgeois and petit bourgeois forces can not lead to a victory and they will capitulate to the imperialists.
To win the struggle against the imperialist butchers and their servants the working class, the only consistent revolutionary class – the proletariat – must lead the struggle at the head of the suffering masses. For the working class to be able to lead the masses a revolutionary Bolshevik party must be formed. A party that will fight for the right of self determination for the Palestinians and the Kurds, using working class revolutionary methods that will lead to a socialist federation of the Middle East which will include Socialist Kurdistan in all the regions the Kurds are majority and a Palestinian workers state from the river to the sea.
At this point it is necessary to expose the imperialist plans and mobilize the workers and the masses against these plans. However if Israel, Turkey Jordan and other servants of the imperialists will attack Iran it will be necessary to stand with Iran in the war without giving the regime any political support and for the workers and the masses to take power as soon as possible in order to defeat the imperialists. In the countries that will attack Iran the workers should do everything possible to sabotage the war efforts of the Imperialists and their servants.
Throw the imperialists out of the Middle East: Hands of Iran and Syria!
Victory to the Syrian Revolution: For a Workers and Peasant Republic based on Councils and Militias of the Masses!
For the right of self determination of the Palestinians from the river to the sea!
For a Workers and Falahain government by the Palestinians with the support of Jewish and immigrant workers from the River to the Sea!
For the right of self determination of the Kurdish nation!
For a Socialist Federation of the Middle East!
For the Fifth Workers International!