In the midst of intensifying inter-imperialist rivalry accelerated by the crisis of capital, the working class is fighting back. This dark night has kept the Red Dawn of Communist revolution outside of the peripheral vision of the majority of the word’s workers, but the recent reform struggle victories and the intensifying class struggle both point to a proletariat that is not a vanquished foe.
The US ruling class was desperate to attack Syria so that they could maintain control of the natural gas and oil in the Eastern Mediterranean, control the flow of oil from Iraq to the sea, check the proposed pipeline that would have brought Iranian natural gas and oil through Syria, and to solidify their grip on the world’s supply of oil. Crisis is both danger and opportunity, the US was aware of both. They knew the danger of Russia maintaining its near monopoly of natural gas to Europe, reflected by Germany not even pretending to support the US since they have their own personal pipeline with fascist Putin’s reactionary Russia. The US ruling class tried to whitewash this imperialist adventure with the cloak of humanitarianism again. But, the US working class wasn’t buying it. Though it is a reform struggle, the millions of US workers who called their congressmen, the thousands who took to the streets in protests, and the hundreds who put out online petitions that hundreds if thousands signed both intensified the side of the contradiction against war as as well as isolating and identifying Obama as a servile war mongering hawk. Bertolt Brecht, a very influential Communist poet and playwright, said that the wars would end when the generals call a war and the soldiers refuse to fight. The PLP knows that the wars will really end when the soldiers don’t just refuse to fight for their bosses, but change allegiance and fight for the working class under The PLP’s Communist leadership. Nevertheless, we appreciate the sentiment and remain inspired by the show of international solidarity that kept the imperialists from running amok.
The bosses’ press is creating a memory hole as they are parroting the line that Fascist Putin put forward the idea of Syrian disarmament. It was not Putin, but war-mongering Kerry who suggested it as a sarcastic backhanded comment that was later capitalized upon by the Russian foreign minister, of course, now he’s trying to say he meant it all along. The US bosses are desperate to construct a narrative that maintains their militaristic posture while placing all blame for peace squarely on Russia’s shoulders. It has become apparent to all that the US no longer has a license to kill as unilaterally as it would like. We may have witnessed the incident that is bringing the American Century to a close. It’s funny how the bosses put forward time frames for their existence, for example, The Nazis thought they’d last a thousand years and The Red Army and material reality ended that nightmare, so it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to see the US empire not even make it a century.
It is possible that Syria is now going to coordinate with the Kurds. The Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) was once a client of the USSR and was one of the last to put down Marxism as an ideology. PLP does not support the nationalist saturated politics of the PKK in any way, as they will not lead to the liberation of the working class, Kurd or otherwise. The PKK is not the only Kurdish group fighting for either a Kurdistan or a form of local autonomy. It is highly probable that since Russia was able to check the US on the Grand Game, they would now be looking to peel off another ally. Yes, the right wing opportunists in northern Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish zone are Pro-US, but they don’t speak for all of the armed Kurdish groups. Syria, and by association Russia and Iran, has begun to talk with the Kurdish rebels. These Kurdish rebels are also fighting with the Al Qaeda backed and other rebel groups. An autonomous zone in northern Syria that would align with the Assad regime, destabilize the US’s weakening grip in Iraq, and help to fight the rebels in the countryside so Assad can focus his regular forces on controlling the urban production centers would be a real coup. This would also allow Syria and Russia to have a covert, easy to deny, relationship with Kurdish militant groups much like Venezuela has with the FARC in Columbia. They may arm and fund the groups palatable to The West, but the covert alliance would benefit them and also help to destabilize and threaten Turkey. Kurds helping to patrol the Syrian border along Turkey would intensify that contradiction and may force Turkey to the negotiating table in contradiction to whatever the US ruling class would desire Turkey to do.
Meanwhile, the teachers in Mexico have been ruthlessly attacked by the state. The riot pigs faithfully served the bosses as they attacked the teachers who are fighting against the same reforms that teacher’s unions in the US are lauding as victories. The PLP, and all of its friends, must bring up a condemnation of the state violence against teachers fighting back. We must bring it to our unions, our church groups, and all the mass organizations that we can so that we create an outcry against this massive assault on our class. It is the same enemy and the same fight that teachers are experiencing, in various levels of intensity, all over the world that our comrades are facing in Mexico. Each of these reform struggles will allow us to meet workers who can become Communist leaders in the PLP and help to lead our class to state power.