|The News Line: Editorial
Saturday, 29 December 2018
Syria has won the war – Now forward to the State of Palestine and a socialist Middle East
WITH the victory of the Syrian people, led by President Assad over the reactionary Islamists and their US-UK and French backers, the Arab revolution is on the march once again.
Hezbollah has announced that if Israel invades the Lebanon they will be beaten back by the Lebanese people, with severe consequences for the Zionist state – and after the valiant performance of the Hezbollah fighters in Syria, who can doubt their word!
In Palestine the fanfare around Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ robbery plan, launched with the transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem, has blown itself out.
The ‘deal’ would see the West Bank becoming part of Israel, and Gaza become the Palestinian state, completing the robbery with violence begun with the Balfour Declaration. After the victory of the Syrian people, the Arab states’ rulers that had signed up to the Trump deal have had more than second thoughts.
The UAE and Bahrain are restoring their embassies in Damascus, while President Omar Bashir of the Sudan has visited the city to meet Assad and the Egyptian leader is due to take the same route. Now the Syrian army has entered Manbij near the Turkish border, marking the return of territories held by the US-backed forces to the government fold for the first time in years, an army spokesman said Friday.
The announcement came moments after the city’s residents asked the Syrian government to retake Manbij, following the Trump pledge to withdraw troops from the Arab country. The army responded that it would guarantee ‘full security for all Syrian citizens and others present in the area.’ SANA, the Syrian state news agency, said the army raised the national flag in the city which is mainly populated by Syrian Kurds.
Meanwhile, with his snap visit to al-Asad airport in Iraq to see his forces in the field, Trump has also visited the scene of the great US-UK war crime – their illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003, after the country had been weakened by years of vicious sanctions that had killed hundreds of thousands, an invasion based on lies that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and was getting ready to use them.
Trump’s visit to tell US troops they would be leaving Syria but not Iraq was met with a massive hostility by Iraqi leaders and the Iraqi masses. Iraqi leaders demanded that US forces be expelled from the country. ‘We will not accept any foreign forces in Iraq,’ said Bina parliamentary bloc leader Hadi al-Amiri.
Addressing previous calls for an emergency parliamentary session on Trump’s visit, Al-Fatah Alliance lawmaker Hamed al-Mousawi said ‘Iraq isn’t like before and the Americans know very well that Iraq possesses the strength which the world witnessed when it faced all its hardships.’
Islah parliamentary bloc leader Sabah al-Saedi said: ‘Trump needs to know his limits. The American occupation of Iraq is over,’ said Saedi, adding that Trump had slipped into Iraq, ‘as though Iraq is a state of the United States.’
On Wednesday, Trump spent a few hours visiting troops at al-Asad Air Base in Iraq’s western Anbar Province, but declined to visit the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. A scheduled meeting between Trump and Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi was scrapped. The two only talked over the phone.
Abdul-Mahdi’s office said in a statement that the cancellation came as a result of a ‘disagreement over how to conduct the meeting.’ It is very clear that with the victory of President Assad and his secular regime over the Islamists, and all their backers, that the Middle East will erupt to support the Palestinian revolution and its struggle for the state of Palestine when the US and Israel, supported by the UK government, try to impose their ‘deal of the century’.
Workers in the UK must give their full support to the Palestinians, and to the people of the Middle East, when the time arrives in the period head for the establishment of the Palestinian state. They must show their solidarity by bringing down the Tory government, and then forcing a Labour government to recognise the state of Palestine, and give it all the support that it requires, including stopping arming Israel, and closing down all of the UK’s Middle Eastern bases.
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