Amid the turbulence of the Arab Spring, Syrians rose up in 2011. And for two years it looked like they might topple the despised 48-year dictatorship of the Assad family. But since 2013, several competing imperialist countries have produced immense suffering and genocide in Syria.
The most recent carnage is in East Ghouta, near Damascus, where Russian and Assad forces have captured half the territory and trapped over 400,000 people without sustenance or safety. To the north, Turkey has invaded Afrin Province, determined to wipe out Kurdish autonomy near or within its borders.
U.S. penetration goes largely unreported. But now Washington intends to occupy Syria “indefinitely.” It already controls 28 percent of Syria, half of Syria’s energy resources, and much of its best agricultural land. The U.S. is competing with Russia for control over gas pipelines through Syria to Europe.
Despite the labeling of Syrian insurrectionists as CIA-backed and/or fundamentalist jihadists, most have fought courageously for a secular government guaranteeing democratic rights for all. But counterrevolutionary firepower has overwhelmed their struggle — for now. It is more important than ever to support Syrian revolutionaries and the Syrian and Kurdish peoples against their own dictator and imperialist intervention — and to oppose deportations of Syrians from the U.S.