Different points of view from RPM groups and members
Revive the Peace
It was suggested by several members that we link to this piece by Syrian activist and writer Leila al-Shami "The Anti-Imperialism of the Idiots"
From the blog post, "This pro-fascist left seems blind to any form of imperialism that is non-western in origin. It combines identity politics with egoism. Everything that happens is viewed through the prism of what it means for westerners – only white men have the power to make history. According to the Pentagon there are currently around 2000 American troops in Syria. The US has established a number of military bases in the Kurdish-controlled north for the first time in Syria’s history. This should concern anyone who supports Syrian self-determination yet pales in comparison to the tens of thousands of Iranian troops and Iranian backed Shia militias which are now occupying large parts of the country, or the murderous bombing raids carried out by the Russian air force in support of the fascist dictatorship."
After the Chemical Attack on Ghouta
What Should We Call for?
(this resolution was passed by the Middle East Crisis Committee [CT] 4/12/18)
The Priority Should be Support of the Syrian People
It’s horrifying that it took the murder by chemicals of dozens of Syrian civilians to bring Syria back into the news. But the murder of thousands by “conventional” bombs is no less horrible than gassing. And equally awful is the prospect that so much Syrian blood has been shed only to see the restoration to absolute power of the Assad dynasty and its cronies.
We understand that important sections of Syrian society are calling for the West to destroy the airfields that launch the murderous attacks and we understand their desperation.
There must be a complete halt to Assad's bombings and warfare, the creation of a ceasefire, an end to the sieges, release of prisoners and complete freedom for Syrians to openly debate Syria's future direction.
We do not support military action by the U.S. or Israel or others in Syria. There are, however, peaceful actions to help Syrians that must be taken, such as:
· Immediately airdrop and drone drop food and supplies to places under siege like Yarmouk and fully supply the two million people in Idlib.
· Demand UN truck convoys with food and medicine be allowed to travel unhindered
· Let the U.S. and European forces send information they get from radar about incoming Assadist attacks to threatened populations
· Increase the monies sent to the White Helmets and the Syria-American Medical Society
· Demand an accounting from Assad of the fate of each and every prisoner. Full unhindered access by the International Committee of the Red Cross to every one of Assad's prisoners
· Immediate convening of the International Criminal Court to arrange arrest warrants charging members of the Assad regime with crimes against humanity.
· We call on anti-war and human rights groups that have not yet spoken out about Syria to show integrity and speak out for justice and practical measures of relief.
MECC decided NOT to participate in the rallies organized by ANSWER and UNAC the weekend of 4/13. While we oppose foreign bombing we did not want to associate with Assad apologists