April 13, 2018. Tonight the U.S., along with British and French forces, launched bomber and missile strikes on Syrian facilities the Trump/Pence regime claims are linked to chemical weapons production. It's not known at this writing how many Syrians have been killed or wounded, but there are breaking news reports that at least one strike, on the science institute in Damascus, hit a densely populated area.
This attack is an outrageous, naked act of imperialist aggression.It's a war crime. And it's an extremely dangerous escalation of the Syrian war, that has the potential to turn into a regional, even global conflagration.
The U.S. and its imperialist allies have no right to swagger across the planet, like global mafia bosses, to violently dictate and impose their reactionary interests and agendas on the rest of the world.
EVERYONE should speak out against U.S. aggression and war moves, and join protests taking place this weekend across the country. Click HERE for protests being organized by RefuseFascism.org.
This attack comes a week after reports, on April 7, of an apparent chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria, outside the Syrian capital Damascus, that reportedly killed dozens and injured several hundreds more. The Trump/Pence regime immediately blamed the reactionary regime of Bashar al-Assad and threatened action.
Trump and Defense Secretary "Mad Dog" Mattis went on TV to justify their assault in the name of upholding international conventions and deterring the use of chemical weapons.
Since when have the U.S. and other imperialists given a flying f*ck about international laws and conventions, or abolishing chemical weapons for that matter? When they supplied Saddam Hussein with chemical weapons in the 1980s? When they flagrantly violated conventions against torture after 911? When they violated international law by launching a war of aggression against Iraq in 2003 based on lies about weapons of mass destruction?
Tonight Trump said Syria's reported chemical attacks aren't "the actions of a man. They are crimes of a monster instead." Assad is a monster. He and his Russian and Iranian sponsors are butchers who have carried out atrocities against the Syrian people and all contributed to the staggering, criminal toll the 7-year long, reactionary Syrian war has taken.
But Assad's crimes and monstrosity pales in comparison--in fact there is no comparison--next to the monster imperialists--the U.S., Britain and France--who have carved up, exploited, plundered, and carried out one bloody atrocity after another against the peoples of the Middle East for the last century, including helping fuel the reactionary bloodbath in Syria. And this continues right up to the present day! As Trump bellowed about crimes and monsters, the U.S. was backing Saudi Arabia's genocidal war in Yemen and supporting Israel when it shoots down unarmed Palestinian demonstrators--like it did again today.
And Assad is no comparison to the monster now in the White House who calls for openly reinstituting torture, murdering families of suspected "terrorists," launching war on Iran and a nuclear holocaust on North Korea, and poses a threat to the whole planet and the future of humanity!
Tonight's attack was carried out to advance the imperialist interests of these monsters and to reassert their increasingly contested stranglehold on the Middle East--not to end the scourge of war, weapons of mass destruction or to aid the Syrian people.
This situation is extremely dangerous. What does it mean when Trump declares this an ongoing, sustained response? What happens if U.S.-led attacks on Syria lead to a direct clash between the U.S. and its allies, including Israel, with Russia and/or Iran? This would have the potential to spiral into a regional or global cataclysm that could end up taking many thousands, even millions of lives!
The Trump/Pence regime will also, no doubt, use this attack to tighten its grip on power, and push forward its efforts to consolidate fascism.
All this underscores the urgency of taking up and spreading RefuseFascism.org's call and plan to organize to drive the fascist Trump/Pence regime from power.
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