Trump’s Syria warmongering criticized


This 14 September 2018 video from the USA is called Tulsi Gabbard Calls Out Trump’s Syria Warmongering.

New York Times goads Trump into major new war in Syria: here.

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‘Dutch goverment complicit in terrorism in Syria’


This video from The Hague, The Netherlands, shows the beginning near the Peace Palace on 31 August 2013, of the demonstration then against war in Syria.

According to Ms Carla Del Ponte, former prosecutor of the Yugoslavia tribunal and member of the United Nations commission on Syria, the Dutch government may be complicit in war crimes in Syria because of its support for jihadist terrorists there, Dutch daily Trouw writes.

Ms Del Ponte demands a criminal investigation into Dutch government support for jihadists in Syria, Trouw writes, 13 September 2018.

Also according to Trouw, 13 September 2018, a Syrian rebel leader says: ‘When the Dutch government gave us flour, Al Qaeda ate the bread.’

In 2013, Michael Spindelegger, foreign affairs minister in the then Austrian Christian democrat-social democrat coalition government, warned the Dutch government against supporting jihadists in Syria. To no avail.

On Monday, Dutch public TV show “Nieuwsuur” (News Hour) reported that the Dutch government has been financing a jihadist group in Syria that public prosecutors have labeled a “terrorist” organisation: here.

Seventeen years after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks—which became the official pretense for the “war on terror” and a series of bloody conflicts that cost the lives of at least one million people—Washington is on the verge of launching a massive new military offensive in Syria in defense of Al Qaeda-linked forces: here.

British government admits lying about not killing Syrian civilians


This video from England says about itself:

14 April 2018

Scores of people joined forces in Norwich city centre to protest against the UK’s involvement in air strikes against Syria.

By Ceren Sagir in Britain:

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Drone Strikes: RAF admit to ‘unintentionally’ killing civilian

A CIVILIAN was “unintentionally” killed by an RAF drone strike … in eastern Syria, the government confirmed yesterday.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson confirmed the individual died after crossing into the strike area on a motorbike moments before the blast on March 26. …

Stop the War‘s Chris Nineham said: “This is proof that the Ministry of Defence’s absurd claims [of never killing any civilians] have been misleading from the very start.

The anti-war movement has always argued that it inevitably leads to civilian deaths. This proves we are right and many more will be killed by such drone programmes.

“The vast majority of people in Britain think that this type of intervention has to stop.”

This one precious civilian life lost is just the tip of the iceberg.

The following is the third part of a three-part interview with Professor Piers Robinson, an academic at the University of Sheffield and a member of the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media. Parts one and two appeared on May 24 and May 25.

British peace demonstrators speak


Some of the protesters at the anti-war on Syria eally in Parliament Square in London

From the World Socialist Web Site in Britain:

Protesters in Britain speak out against air strikes in Syria

By our reporters

18 April 2018

On Monday evening, Socialist Equality Party members distributed hundreds of copies of the statement “US-British-French missile strikes on Syria heighten danger of a catastrophic war” to workers and young people at anti-war protests around the UK. At London’s Parliament Square, demonstrators rallied against the bombing of Syria by the United States, Britain and France. …

Labour MPs spoke including Emma Dent Coad, Richard Burgon, Chris Williamson, and Lloyd Russell-Moyle …

Russell-Moyle said, “The struggle continues, and now with an anti-war Labour leader, we, united together, can lead this charge.”

Williamson said, “Let’s get behind Jeremy Corbyn’s call for a War Powers Act, to prevent a prime minister from ever again taking us to war without a vote in Parliament.”

Corbyn put forward the proposed Act in parliament Tuesday, but Labour’s pro-war MPs backed Prime Minister Theresa May’s ordering Britain to participate in last Saturday’s military strikes without parliamentary approval.

Joel with a copy of the World Socialist Web Site statement US-British-French missile strikes on Syria heighten danger of a catastrophic war

Joel, a university student from West London, said, “It is an abomination that Theresa May thinks she can speak for the people without consulting them. We are supposed to live in a democracy and it’s not democratic at all to take this position and initiate more bloodshed. If she did take it to a vote among the public, she would have lost the vote. So, the only way to bomb Syria is to do it behind closed doors at night behind people’s backs.

“The threats against Russia have been going on for a long time. Instead of agitating against Russia and promoting war, we need peace.

“You cannot believe 90 percent of what you see in the media now because it is controlled by a few people. There will come a time when there are too many of us for them to control. The YouGov survey that said 78 percent did not support the bombing of Syria and it made me think, ‘Do I live in a democracy or a dictatorship?’

“The BBC’s coverage is incredibly biased. We are being told there is propaganda being put out across the world and we are told not believe it, but it is happening right here.

“Capitalism does not work. Right now, 1 percent of the population, a tiny section of the population, are living without struggle and a lot of the country are left in poverty. I definitely believe workers and young people need to be mobilised all over the world.”

Sohaib

Sohaib, a student, said, “I am opposed to wars and attacking other countries. Let the Syrian people decide their own future. May has no right to say if a Syrian house is bombed tomorrow or not. If there were chemical factories, when they were bombed, why was there no smoke or chemical fumes? It’s just an excuse to bomb.

London anti-Syria war demonstrators

“It is totally unjust what is going on in Syria, and we should not be a puppet to the United States. We have got no money for the National Health Service or for homeless people. You walk down to London Victoria Station, and there are 50 people out on the streets, but they have money to bomb. They threw £100 million in bombs the other night. May did not take it to Parliament because she knows the British public are awake. The youth are a lot more active when it comes to standing up and speaking for their rights against war.”

The demonstration in Bristol against the bombing of Syria

Around 400 people, half of whom were youth, took to the streets of Bristol. A spokesperson of the Bristol Stop the War declared that the demonstration was called to “halt the military intervention and demand that our MPs and parliament represent this opposition and stand against this potentially catastrophic move from our government and its allies. Let’s show them what democracy looks like.”

Others addressing the rally were Green Party councillors and Labourites … Bristol’s four MPs—Kerry McCarthy, Darren Jones, Karin Smyth and Thangam Debbonaire—are all pro-war and opposed to Corbyn’s leadership.

None of the four attended the rally. Neither did Bristol Labour Mayor Marvin Rees, who steered through an austerity budget earlier this year that cut £34.5million from public services as well as increasing local council tax by 5 percent.

Maximillian, a student, said, “I think it’s clear to anyone who has been following the situation that it’s an unnecessary and illegal action which has been taken by the UK and the US in Syria. I’m more broadly against war in general. American and British involvement has nothing to do with liberating Syria.

“Capitalism is the driving force in as much as the oil interests and so forth are the only reason we are interested in these far-flung countries. Capitalism is necessitating constant regime-change operations for the benefit of a few corporate sponsors of American and British politicians. There are multinational corporations, therefore we must organise ourselves on an international basis.”

Student Macie said, “I thought most of the speeches [on the platform in Bristol] were terrible…so meek and mild. The British government is lying, they go ahead and bomb and don’t care about any opposition, and all the speakers say is talk to your MP. My MP is Kerry McCarthy, a Labour MP, who voted for bombing Syria and did all she could to stop Jeremy Corbyn becoming Labour leader. So, I am supposed to talk to her?

“The only person who said something sensible was Daisy, who I think was from the [Corbyn-supporting] Momentum Youth. I agreed with her that most young people are anti-war and a lot have seen through the lies about Syria after Iraq and Libya. She also said what no one else did, that we have to stand up to Western imperialist aggression ….

Amirah, who bought a copy of the SEP’s 2014 Congress pamphlet “Socialism and the Fight Against War”, came back to say, “I’ve just read a bit of your little book. I can’t believe you were already predicting that the world was heading for such dangerous times back in 2014. And that a nuclear war was possible. I don’t remember anyone else saying that back then.

“I think it’s really good the way you explained how all these governments such as ours are trying to re-divide the world again and prevent Russia and China having any influence. That makes it much clearer why there’s so much hatred against Russia at the moment.

Big anti-Syria war demonstration in London


Anti-Syria war demonstrators, London, 16 April 2018

By Marcus Barnett and Lamiat Sabin in London, England, Tuesday, April 17, 2018:

Anti-war protesters urge returning MPs to stop bombing Syria

THOUSANDS of anti-war demonstrators greeted politicians returning to Parliament this evening by urging them to stop bombing Syria.

Assembling on Parliament Square, protesters mobilised at 72 hours’ notice for the demonstration to oppose US-led forces attacking Syria.

The action, which was organised by the Stop the War Coalition (StWC), followed a weekend of emergency demonstrations held across more than 30 different cities in Britain, following the announcement that British forces were launching military attacks in Syria.

The crowd expressed rage that the government had acted without the authorisation of Parliament, with demonstrators accusing PM Theresa May of bypassing the vote for fear of handing a massive political victory to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn if the vote was to fall.

Ray Mercer, a retired aerospace worker, told the Star: “The fact Trump and May started bombing Syria the morning chemical weapons inspectors were arriving in the country tells you all you need to know.

“After the disaster in Iraq, have we learnt nothing?

“We need international pressure and negotiations, not Western interference pretending to be humanitarian.”

Meanwhile, speakers from the labour and anti-war movements pointed out that merely 22 per cent of the population support war with Syria, and that a YouGov poll conducted this weekend saying that only 36 per cent of the population have backed Ms May on her latest action.

This sentiment was echoed by Labour MPs Richard Burgon, Emma Dent-Coad, Lloyd Russell-Moyle and Chris Williamson, alongside war veteran Ben Griffin and peace activist Bruce Kent.

Large numbers of protesters also amassed up and down the country, in Exeter and Bristol, following StWC’s call to expand the level of opposition to the government “from Orkney to the Isle of Wight.”

Daisy Carter, a Young Labour and Momentum activist helping to organise the Bristol rally, told the Star that the recent action in Syria was “inseparable” from the “long history of Western aggression” in the region.

“I feel that the most important emphasis the British people can make is to call for an end to British bombs falling across the world.”

Ms May faced angry Labour MPs in Parliament today after giving a statement to the Commons about the air strikes.

Mr Corbyn accused the PM of intervening in the Syrian civil war on a “whim” days before Parliament was recalled so that she could avoid scrutiny.

This video from England says about itself:

Bristol Protest March Against Bombing of Syria 16/04/2018

16 April 2018

Bristol Stop The War Coalition brought the centre of Bristol to a standstill during rush hour in protest against the airstrikes on Syria.

CHANTING “Hands off Syria!” and carrying signs denouncing President Donald Trump’s bombing there, hundreds of people massed in front of the White House on Saturday to oppose the Trump-ordered destruction of what he said — and they doubted — were Syrian chemical warfare facilities. Tens of thousands of people joined similar protests nationwide and in other cities around the world. The DC demonstration was one of more than 40 organised by anti-war and anti-Trump groups in the US: here.

Enschede, the Netherlands, 14 April 2016: demonstration against Trump’s/May’s bombs, organised by Syrian refugees and others.

In the days since the US and NATO launched over 100 missiles at the Syrian cities of Damascus and Homs, it is clear that the imperialist powers have not been sated by the latest bloodletting. Within hours of the strikes, US and European newspapers began pumping out editorials demanding a further escalation of the war for regime-change in Syria: here.