The fact that Obama has to get Congress to support the bombing of Syria illustrates the lack of actual evidence that the US has about the gas attack in Syria. It’s going to take more than a hundred YouTube videos and a Mossad phone tap to bomb Syria into smithereens this time. He may be banking on the patriotic jingoism the bosses whip up about the terrorist attacks on 9/11/01 to help ram this through Congress. Apparently, now the US doesn’t mind acting as al Qaeda’s Air Force. The hypocrisy of Obama standing and making a speech as a Nobel Peace prize winner while banging the drum to war and saying that he’s fighting terrorism while arming, funding, and now doing the work of taking out the air support that’s killing them is unbelievable. Only a pathological sociopath, also called a bosses’ politician, could do that.
Inter-imperialist rivalry is the primary contradiction driving world events right now. The contradiction within the contradiction of this is capitalist vs capitalist, in other words, the capitalists of one group of nation states align with other capitalists in other nation states against their rival capitalists. The most powerful group of capitalists is still in the US. The recent move by Obama to ask Congress for support will now intensify the internecine capitalist struggle in the US.
Challenge has pointed out time and again that the ruling class is not a monolithic whole devoid of contradiction, but is made up of blocs that have their own interests and agenda. The old money liberal finance capital bloc that pulls Obama’s strings is not all-powerful. The Isolationist minded new money capitalists may block him. The Koch brothers and their ilk may oppose the main wing of US capital, but that does not mean that we support the fascists. The Progressive Labor Party, unlike the misguided “leftists” in The Occupy Movement, does not support Left-Right unity. We point to history as our guide to illustrate the fact that the Right will wipe us out the first chance they get – from the Kuomintang to Sukarto, fascists and nationalists kill Communists when they get the chance. We know that the enemy of our enemy is our future rival, not a friend.
The imperialist rivalry between the US and Russia also stems from the US’s desire to enter into the natural gas market. Russia already has a stranglehold on Europe’s natural gas markets, and the US would like to loosen their grasp. There are 1.7 billion barrels of recoverable oil and a mean of 122 trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas” the Levant oil basin.
Unsurprisingly, 1.) Syria’s coast is part of the economic zone that would have the privilege of exploiting this gas and oil bonanza 2.) Israel is already exploiting this bonanza 3.) none of the bosses’ media has reported this find at all. The Israel, US, France, Saudi, Turkey, and Qatari axis is feening to dominate this field. Russia has no interest in letting this field fall into the hands of the US, thereby allowing their rival to weaken their influence in Europe. Lebanon does not want to outright challenge Israel, and so is using their state apparatus to “protect the peace” in Lebanon, while actually de facto supporting Hezbollah’s backing of Assad. If Assad is preserved, then they will have a better chance at renegotiating their rights to the oil and getting a bigger slice of the natural gas bonanza. If Israel wins, then they can still negotiate since it was a proxy force doing the fighting.
Once again, it is oil that is the driving motive for the US to get ready to start a war and murder members of the working class. The Progressive Labor Party does not support the butcher Assad nor his fascist hetero-sexist puppet master Putin. We know that neither despot is a friend to the working class and will do all that we can to foment Communist Revolution and class struggle in their countries. The USSR and Syria were once beacons and havens for Communists from all over the world. We know that as PLP grows in the Levant, we will bring Communism back to the forefront.
Israel is now saying that they are willing to go alone if the US does not do the strikes that they threatened. The al Qaeda saturated rebels are now feeling that the US will not attack. The US had already given them battle plans for what to do after the strike. Now, due to the fact that workers all over the world refuse to support the bosses’ lies and support the war-mongering charlatan Obama, the bombing of Syria has been put off. This is not to say that Communist Revolution is immanent or that these reforms have stopped the US from starting a war, it has just exposed how weak and impotent the US is becoming in a world where they have to dominate in order to protect their profits and empire.
Illustrating the extreme sexism in India, the first conviction handed out in the gang rape and murder of a young woman in New Delhi was for only 3 years. The victim’s brother tried to kill the guy, too bad he didn’t. On the exact same day that this conviction was handed down, another gang rape occurred and two of the rapists were cops. Sexism affects women all over the world is a fundamental necessity of capitalism. The Progressive Labor Party and its friends in India will continue to condemn these sexist acts of aggression against women. We also condemn the millions of phony Communists in India who do not militantly struggle against sexism. They should be ashamed of themselves.