Church workers lead response to Pope Francis' call for fasting and prayers
against US military intervention in Syria

 

Boy Scout Circle, Quezon City

 

September 7, 2013

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CONDEMN AND OPPOSE US PLAN TO BOMB SYRIA
AS THE OPENING ACT OF A WAR OF AGGRESSION
By Prof. Jose Maria Sison
Chairperson, International League of Peoples’ Struggle
30 August 2013
 

We, the International Coordinating Committee of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS), call on the entire ILPS, its global region region committees, its national chapters and member-organizations to undertake all possible and necessary actions against the US plan to bomb Syria and engage in a brazen war of aggression against Syria and the Syrian people.

This call is consistent with the ILPS statement dated May 12, 2013 titled, “ILPS Reiterates Support for the Syrian People, Condemns Intervention by US, NATO, Israel et Al.” We pointed out in this statement, “Due to the ineffectiveness of its mercenaries, the US has practically announced the escalation of US-NATO and Israeli intervention on the false charge that Syria is using chemical weapons of mass destruction.”

Since May 5, evidence has emerged that the mercenaries themselves hired by the US imperialists have been culpable for the use of chemical weapons. The surviving victims have confirmed the fact. But the US and the so-called Free Syria Army have persisted in carrying out false flag operations with the use of chemical weapons in order to justify US-NATO bombing of Syria and the start of flagrant aggression by the imperialist powers.

The latest pronouncement of the US President Obama is that the US has “worked out the evidence” and is prepared to launch a military attack on Syria. By its pronouncements and actions, the US is hell-bent on waging a war of aggression on Syria in the interest of the US war manufacturers and the oil companies, despite the opposition of the people of the world
 

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The US and its imperialist allies are big liars in claiming that they are protecting civilians and conducting “humanitarian intervention” by launching the most brutal acts of military intervention and aggressive wars, killing far more people and destroying far more social infrastructure than their mercenaries can. The Syrian government has been winning the civil war. And the US is fabricating the reason for aggression in order to help its losing puppets. The US is thus blatantly violating the UN Charter and international law.

The US is a total hypocrite in making false claims against Syria on the use of chemical weapons. The US is the biggest user of chemical weapons in its wars of aggression. It uses napalm, white phosphorous and other bombs, depleted uranium tipped artillery shells and bombs and defoliants like Agent Orange. Until now, the US has not apologized to Vietnam and to humanity for the extensive and intensive use of Agent Orange, which continues to victimize the Vietnamese people.

The entire ILPS, its global region committees, national chapters and member-organizations must engage in united front against imperialism and coordinate with all other possible forces in order to maximize their strength and in order to arouse, organize and mobilize the people in their millions. The people in every country and in the whole world must unite and act against every military intervention and war of aggression that the US and its imperialist allies are planning and carrying out. ###

   

From: http://swampland.time.com/2013/09/07/pope-francis-leads-global-prayer-vigil-for-syria/
 
 
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Halika, Syria
ni Mark Angeles

Syria, halika at saluhan ako sa aking almusal.
Kagatan mo itong binili kong shawarma.
Itong baklava, kasintamis ba ng tinitinda
sa iyong abalang mga bangketa?
Gusto kong malaman kung paano mo natitiis
ang alinsangan. Masaya ka ba tuwing taglamig
at nasasabik sa pagpatak ng mailap na niyebe?
Patawad, Syria, ngunit hindi ko maiwasang
ungkatin kung nabigyan ba ng disenteng libing
ang iyong inang nasawi sa gutom noong isang taon.
Nakita na ba ang dinukot mong kapatid?
Naalayan na ba ng bulaklak ang lugar
kung saan binaril ang iyong batang pamangkin?
Ano’t maligalig ang alapaap kagabi,
nagbabadyang lalo pang magiging maligalig.
Gusto kong makiramay sa iyo, Syria.
Gusto kong magdalamhati sa iyong tabi.
Ngunit gusto ko ring lumaban,
sagutin ang mga agaw-buhay na usal:
Kapayapaan. Kapayapaan. Kapayapaan.
 


(English Translation)

Syria, come here and eat breakfast with me.
Take a bite of this shawarma that I bought.
This baklava, is it as sweet as the ones sold
in your busy sidewalks?
I want to know how you cope up
with the heat. Are you happy every winter
and so eager to see the reluctant snow?
Forgive me, Syria, for I can’t help
but ask if a decent funeral was already given
to your mother who died of hunger last year.
Have you found your abducted brother?
Have you offered flowers at the spot
where your young niece was shot to death?
The skies were troubled last night,
forewarning more troubled days.
I want to condole with you, Syria.
I want to grieve by your side.
But I also want to fight,
answer the dying laments:
Peace. Peace. Peace.

 

     
     

 

US, Hands Off Syria!

(A Statement of the Ecumenical Bishops Forum on the Plan of the United States of America to Attack the Regime of President Bashar Al-Assad of Syria)

Here comes again the self-appointed global policeman, ready to strike at innocent people!

US President Barrack Obama has announced that he is ready to punish the leadership of Syria for using chemical weapons against its own people. More than a thousand innocent civilians, women and children included, died in the attack. The perpetrators of this heinous crime against humanity should be made accountable!

What does Obama hope to accomplish by attacking Syria? Sensing that the international community and the American public themselves do not support him, he blinked, and decided to seek approval from the US Congress before taking action. He clarified that the objective of the attack is not regime change but simply to punish Assad for using chemical weapons, and “deter, disrupt, prevent and degrade” his regime’s ability to use chemical weapons again. Obama’s does not intend, he says, to enter into war with Syria, but launch a “limited cruise missile strike” in order to send its message.

Does President Obama treat President al-Assad as a little child? That al-Assad will simply accept the “punishment”?

On the contrary, al-Assad vows to defend his country, asserting that Syria has the capability to enter into a full-scale war against the West. And should the war happen, even the Syrian rebels may fight against the US because they don’t trust this country. Opposition activist Mohammad al-Tageb said that the US “has never been a friend but an enemy.”

For the US to strike at Syria would be another blunder like its attack on Iraq. It will be very costly not only in terms of money but more so in terms of lives. If Assad’s regime had killed 1,400 (counts of other groups are much less), the casualties of US action in Syria could reach tens of thousands. The contemplated solution would only result to bigger problems. More innocent lives, including women and children, will become victims as the missiles would not distinguish between armed targets and civilians.

It would be wiser for Obama to stay put so that the lives of American soldiers will be spared as well. The message he wants to send al-Assad had already reached the latter.

Obama, a former Muslim and a Christian, should listen to the prophet Isaiah who said: “He (God) shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore” (Isaiah 2:4, NKJV).

He should stay off Syria.

Issued this 7th day of September, 2013.

BISHOP ELMER M. BOLOCON, UCCP
Executive Secretary


MOST REV. DEOGRACIAS S. IñIGUEZ, JR., D.D. BISHOP FELIXBERTO L. CALANG, IFI
Co-chairperson                                                     Co-chairperson
 

     
     
           
     
     
     

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Bayan joins global action vs. US war on Syria, calls on Aquino to denounce US intervention
Posted on 07 September 2013 by admin
News Release
September 7, 2013

The umbrella group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan today joined peace advocates in a global day of fasting and prayer to call for a stop to the impending US airstrikes on Syria. The call for a September 7 day of fasting and prayer was made by Pope Francis who issued a statement opposing the imminent US attack on Syria.

“To the leaders present, to each and every one, I make a heartfelt appeal for them to help find ways to overcome the conflicting positions and to lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution,” Pope Francis wrote in the letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin who is hosting this year’s G20 summit. “Rather, let there be a renewed commitment to seek, with courage and determination, a peaceful solution through dialogue and negotiation of the parties, unanimously supported by the international community.”

In the Philippines, peace advocates and anti-war activists will gather at the Boy Scout Monument in Quezon City today at 4pm to offer prayers, light candles and issue a call to the Philippine president to denounce the US war.

“Bayan stands with the rest of the world in opposing the Obama regime’s planned airstrike on Syria. It is a blatant violation of international law. It is a violation of the sovereignty of one country. It is also a clear threat to the Filipinos working in Syria and to the thousands of Filipinos working in the Middle East,” said Bayan secretary general Renato M. Reyes, Jr.

“The Philippine government under Benigno Aquino III should now break its silence on the matter. For the sake of the Filipinos in Syria and the Middle East, and in accordance with our obligations under International Law, the Philippine government must add its voice to the growing opposition against the impending US airstrike,” Reyes said.

Bayan believes that the Aquino government remains supportive of the US thrusts worldwide including a strategic pivot to Asia which would bring more US troops and ships to the Philippines. However, the group cautioned that stationing US troops in the Philippines, in a time when the US is engaged in wars abroad, makes the Philippines complicit and supportive of US military intervention.

“The US war in Syria, and the US pivot in Asia, are all part of US imperialism’s agenda to dominate the world militarily, politically and economically. It is borne out of the desperate need to overcome an ever-deepening economic crisis. The US wants to control more regions and more resources and is prepared to go to war just so they can advance this agenda,” Reyes said.

“Our foreign policy must not be tied to the imperialist agenda of the US. Aquino should speak out against the impending US airstrikes. Aquino should reject the US strategic pivot which has the potential to drag our country into other conflicts instigated by the US. If the Pope can denounce the war, why can’t Aquino? Is he that beholden to the US?” he asked. ###
 

- See more at: http://www.bayan.ph/site/2013/09/bayan-joins-global-action-vs-us-war-on-syria-calls-on-aquino-to-denounce-us-intervention/#sthash.tuILJGLz.dpuf

 

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Oppose the US war in Syria! Oppose US military intervention worldwide!
Posted on 03 September 2013 by admin
Press Statement
September 3, 2013

The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan opposes in the strongest terms the impending US airstrike on Syria, in blatant violation of all norms of international law.

The Obama regime claims that the Assad regime is using chemical weapons against its own people thus warranting a military response from the US. The US is again using so-called intelligence reports to justify unilateral military action against a sovereign state and against the Syrian people. It must be noted that US intervention, in the guise of humanitarian concern, has always led to greater turmoil and oppression for the people that were supposed to be liberated. This is the lesson we have learned from US intervention and regime-change in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. The US does not seek to liberate anyone. It only seeks to advance its economic and geopolitical interests in the region, which includes oil, and the ability to encircle its enemies such as Iran.

The Obama regime is not even waiting for the report of the UN fact-finding mission that was sent to Syria to investigate the so-called chemical weapons attack.

Meanwhile, journalists have been reporting that the supposed chemical weapons were actually used by the rebels and were supplied by the Saudi government, a known US-ally.

Obama’s plan to conduct the air strike has been met by widespread and vehement opposition by the peoples of the world. The people in the US have already gone to the streets demonstrating against Obama and warning him to lay US’ hands off Syria. They have expressed their opposition to another war being waged in the name of “freedom”, at a time when the US economy is reeling from an unprecedented prolonged recession.

The British parliament went against its own Prime Minister David Cameron and voted to take no part in a military action against the Assad regime. Russia has slammed the proposed US strike against Syria.

Obama, ironically a Nobel Peace Prize awardee, is preparing to launch his second war on a sovereign nation after Libya. Previously, Obama has launched murderous drone strikes on other sovereign nations, using the threat of terrorism as justification. The drone strikes have resulted in hundreds of civilian deaths.

In Asia, the US government is also preparing for conflict as it moves more troops and ships to the region under the US strategic pivot. We condemn the use of US military bases in Asia to support US armed aggression in various parts of the world. The peoples of Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Guam and Australia should not allow the US bases in their countries to be used as staging grounds for troop and ship deployment in support of US military intervention in Syria or any part of the world.

The Philippine government under Benigno Aquino III should not provide any form of political and logistical support for the US war on Syria. The PH government should respect international law, and the right to self-determination of the Syrian people. The PH government should also be concerned with the plight of thousands of Filipinos working in the Middle East who will also be affected by the turmoil from the US airstrikes.

The Filipino people must oppose the US-PH Framework for Increased Rotational Presence and Defense Cooperation as this would allow de facto US bases to be set up in our country and drag the Philippines further down the road of US-instigated wars. The Filipino people must fight for national sovereignty against US imperialist aggression and show solidarity with the people of the world fighting for liberation. ###

- See more at: http://www.bayan.ph/site/2013/09/oppose-the-us-war-in-syria-oppose-us-military-intervention-worldwide/#sthash.5Bqb1yDi.dpuf

 

     
     
     
     
     
     
           
     
     
     

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CONDEMN AND OPPOSE US PLAN TO BOMB SYRIA
AS THE OPENING ACT OF A WAR OF AGGRESSION
By Prof. Jose Maria Sison
Chairperson, International League of Peoples’ Struggle
30 August 2013

We, the International Coordinating Committee of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS), call on the entire ILPS, its global region region committees, its national chapters and member-organizations to undertake all possible and necessary actions against the US plan to bomb Syria and engage in a brazen war of aggression against Syria and the Syrian people.

This call is consistent with the ILPS statement dated May 12, 2013 titled, “ILPS Reiterates Support for the Syrian People, Condemns Intervention by US, NATO, Israel et Al.” We pointed out in this statement, “Due to the ineffectiveness of its mercenaries, the US has practically announced the escalation of US-NATO and Israeli intervention on the false charge that Syria is using chemical weapons of mass destruction.”

Since May 5, evidence has emerged that the mercenaries themselves hired by the US imperialists have been culpable for the use of chemical weapons. The surviving victims have confirmed the fact. But the US and the so-called Free Syria Army have persisted in carrying out false flag operations with the use of chemical weapons in order to justify US-NATO bombing of Syria and the start of flagrant aggression by the imperialist powers.

The latest pronouncement of the US President Obama is that the US has “worked out the evidence” and is prepared to launch a military attack on Syria. By its pronouncements and actions, the US is hell-bent on waging a war of aggression on Syria in the interest of the US war manufacturers and the oil companies, despite the opposition of the people of the world.

The US and its imperialist allies are big liars in claiming that they are protecting civilians and conducting “humanitarian intervention” by launching the most brutal acts of military intervention and aggressive wars, killing far more people and destroying far more social infrastructure than their mercenaries can. The Syrian government has been winning the civil war. And the US is fabricating the reason for aggression in order to help its losing puppets. The US is thus blatantly violating the UN Charter and international law.

The US is a total hypocrite in making false claims against Syria on the use of chemical weapons. The US is the biggest user of chemical weapons in its wars of aggression. It uses napalm, white phosphorous and other bombs, depleted uranium tipped artillery shells and bombs and defoliants like Agent Orange. Until now, the US has not apologized to Vietnam and to humanity for the extensive and intensive use of Agent Orange, which continues to victimize the Vietnamese people.

The entire ILPS, its global region committees, national chapters and member-organizations must engage in united front against imperialism and coordinate with all other possible forces in order to maximize their strength and in order to arouse, organize and mobilize the people in their millions. The people in every country and in the whole world must unite and act against every military intervention and war of aggression that the US and its imperialist allies are planning and carrying out. ###

 

     
     
           
     
 
     
     

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ILPS REITERATES SUPPORT FOR THE SYRIAN PEOPLE,
CONDEMNS INTERVENTION BY US, NATO, ISRAEL ET AL.
By Prof. Jose Maria Sison
Chairperson, International League of Peoples’ Struggle
May 12, 2013

We, the International League of People’s Struggle, reiterate our support for the Syrian people in upholding national sovereignty and condemn the concerted military intervention in Syria by the US, NATO, Israel, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. These brazenly violate Syrian national sovereignty and territorial integrity. Only the people of Syria have the sovereign right to determine what is their government.

We regard as totally reprehensible the repeated bombing attacks on May 2 to 4 by Israel on Syria’s International Airport, military installations in a Damascus suburb and a military supply depot and in the process killing hundreds of people. These bombings are an escalation of foreign military intervention and indicates a scheme for outright aggression by the US, NATO and their puppets.

The pro-imperialist mercenaries like those under the name of the Free Syrian Army and the Al Qaida type of fundamentalist Islamic groups have wrought havoc and destruction for more than two years. They grievously offend the people of Syria. Due to the ineffectiveness of its mercenaries, the US has practically announced the escalation of US-NATO and Israeli intervention on the false charge that Syria is using chemical weapons of destruction.

US imperialism is culpable for the already accomplished mass destruction of lives, property and social infrastructure in Syria. Through its puppets like Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, it has supplied hundreds of millions of US dollars worth of military weapons to the mercenaries in Syria. And now Israel, the principal US military subaltern in the region, is flagrantly at play on the path of aggression.

Those who stand to gain the most from the destruction of Syria are the US and Israel. The US covets the oil resources of Iran and calculates that the fall of the current Syrian government would weaken Iran drastically. Both the US and Israel benefit in economic, political and military terms from the overthrow of governments in the Middle East (like those of Iraq and Libya) that oppose US imperialism and Israeli Zionism and support the Palestinian people in their struggle for national and social liberation.

We continue to support firmly and militantly the Syrian people in their struggle to uphold and defend their national sovereignty against foreign intervention and against imperialist plunder and war. In this regard, we stand in solidarity with the people of the world in demanding that the US, NATO, Israel, Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia take their hands off Syria, cease their military invention and their scheme of aggression and respect the Syrian people’s right of self-determination.###
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STOP Imperialist War against Syria
By Prof. Jose Maria Sison
Chairperson,
International League of Peoples’ Struggle
1 July 2012

We, the International League of Peoples’ Struggle, condermn in the strongest terms the duplicitous scheme of the US and NATO in instigating, funding and arming the so-called Syrian National Council and Free Syrian Army to seek the violent overthrow of the Assad government in Syria and at the same time pushing a “peace plan” and then a “transitional government” under the auspices of the UN in order to politically outmanuever the Assad government and the anti-imperialist and democratic forces.

The US and NATO are hell-bent on effecting a regime change by escalating the war efforts of the mercenary “rebel forces” and exerting various economic and political pressures with the use of the UN and puppet regimes in the region in preparing for an all-out imperialist war of aggression as in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. The Western corporate media are part and parcel of the imperialist war machine in moulding international public opinion to justify this criminal conspiracy.

The imperialist powers headed by the US detest the Assad government for asserting national sovereignty and independence, particularly against the US-Zionist combine, and want to replace said government with a puppet regime closely aligned with the imperialists’ hegemonic policy in the region. Burhan Ghallioun, a leading member of the imperialist funded Syrian National Council has promised to open up Syria to the West, end Syria’s strategic alliance with Iran which includes support for the Lebanese and Palestinian resistance to Israel and bring Syria closer to the arch-reactionary Arab puppet regimes.

Turkey is taking the lead as the US proxy in the war against the Assad government. It is providing the mercenary Free Syrian Army with rear bases close to the Syrian border where French and British special forces are providing training to “rebel” fighters. Weapons seized from the arsenals of the late Muammar Gaddafi are being brought in to the military bases in Turkey by unmarked NATO planes. The so-called Free Syrian Army is funded by governments of Saudi Arabia and Qatar. These two countries are playing the same shameful role they played in the criminal imperialist operation against the Gaddafi government.

The Turkish foreign minister, Ahmet Davitoglu, has said in public that Turkey is ready to attack Syria as soon as there is agreement among the Western governments to do so. The naked aggression would be justified by the so-called “responsibility to protect” doctrine that has now become the standard pretext of the imperialists in trampling on the national sovereignty of countries.

The Western corporate media has stepped up its campaign of spreading lies about so-called atrocities by the Assad government. The famous “Homs massacre” attributed by Western governments and echoed by the Western media to the Syrian Army has turned out to be the handiwork of the armed “rebels”. A rebel commander Abu Rami has admitted to Spiegel Online that his death squads had executed more than 200 people in the city of Homs.

Just before Kofi Annan made his scheduled visit to Syria, news spread of a massacre of 108 people in the city of Houla on May 25 that included women and children. Western governments were quick to condemn the Assad government and expelled Syrian diplomats from their countries. The UN Security Council without any investigation similarly denounced the Syrian government. It later turned out that 700 armed fighters of the mercenary Free Syrian Army had carried out the massacre of families suspected of being loyal to Assad.

Annan in a public speech has called the Houla massacre the “tipping point.” The US and NATO have used the massacre in Houla to work more blatantly than ever before for the overthrow of Assad. They are no longer hiding the fact that the CIA is now active in southern Turkey delivering weapons and communications equipment to the mercenary Free Syrian Army.

Turkey has started to make provocations that could produce the pretexts for outright aggression. The shooting down by Syrian air defenses of a Turkish military jet that the Turkish government subsequently admitted to have “accidentally strayed” into Syrian airspace is now being used by the US and NATO in their sabre-rattling and war preparations.

The International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) resolutely supports the broad masses of the people and the anti-imperialist and democratic forces of Syria in their struggle against the US and NATO for their ongoing intervention in Syria and their preparations for a naked war of aggression against the people and government of Syria.

We call on all member organizations of ILPS, all progressive forces and all people of goodwill to mobilize and organize protest actions against the criminal actions of the imperialists that have already caused so much destruction and suffering in Syria and are tearing that country apart.

US and NATO, Hands off Syria!
Stop imperialist war!
Down with imperialism and all forms of reaction!
Assert national independence and sovereignty!
Long live the international solidarity of peoples!

 

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
           
     


BAYAN Secretary General Renato Reyes, Jr. summarizes the case against the planned military intevention in Syria:

“The US war in Syria, and the US pivot in Asia, are all part of US imperialism’s agenda to dominate the world militarily, politically and economically. It is borne out of the desperate need to overcome an ever-deepening economic crisis. The US wants to control more regions and more resources and is prepared to go to war just so they can advance this agenda.”
 

     
           

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Prof. Edberto Villegas speaks out against the planned US military intervention in Syria
 
           

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Press statement
September 7, 2013

Reference:
Cristina "Tinay" Palabay, Secretary General, 0917-3162831

STOP THE US WAR OF AGGRESSION AGAINST THE SYRIAN PEOPLE! - Karapatan

Karapatan vehemently denounces the moves of the United States government, through Pres. Barack Obama, to conduct airstrikes and heighten its aggression against Syria. On a humanitarian pretext, after the August 21 chemical attack in suburban Damascus killing more than 1,400 people, including 426 children, the US has positioned six of US and its allies' warships in the Mediterranean coastal lines of Syria. The so-called destroyers are equipped with 200 Tomahawk cruise missiles which are “ready to fire”.
Amid intrigues being generated and fanned by the US government accusing the Syrian government of conducting the chemical attack, the Syrian peoples and the oppressed and peace-loving peoples of the world have seen through the lies of the US and are now taking action and solidarity against efforts of the US government to justify their war against Syria.


The Syrian government has strongly denied responsibility for the chemical attack and has cited the role of the mercenaries hired and encouraged by the US, who have the most to gain in the said attack. The US and some of its European allies have used defense contractors to train these Syrian mercenaries. The Syrian government had feared that the US might provide armed terrorist groups with chemical weapons and hold the government accountable for using these. Which government, after all, has all the resources and political and military infrastructure to carry out such a dastardly act, but the US? Which government, after all, has the most to gain in the said attack through economic and political dominance in the Arab region, but the US?
In the two-year civil conflict in Syria, thousands have been killed and millions have taken flight. Likewise, aggravated by the sanctions imposed by the US and EU, Syria’s economy has plunged by 35% percent.
 

Current President Bashar al-Assad came into power after the death of his father, Hafez, who ruled Syria for 30 years. Syria has experienced coups, counter-coups and purges since its independence from France in 1946 with the US Central Intelligence Agency playing a significant covert role to protect US and its allies’ political and economic interests in the region. The US has been so much concerned with Syrian leaders’ stand against Israel, the border disputes with Turkey, US oil pipelines and strong “communist” leanings.
The Assads though have been reliable US puppets. Since Bashar Assad became President in 2000, Syria underwent liberalization. His rule was likewise characterized by abuses. He jailed his critics, controlled the media, favored the elites and has among the worst human rights record in the world.

 

Sanctions on the Syrian government have been imposed by the US and other imperialist powers. Bashar’s falling out with the US is reminiscent of the fate of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
Imperialist wars of aggression, led by the US government, are waged primarily to protect and preserve their political and economic interests. They do this on the most opportune pretexts. Iraq was invaded because of CIA-inspired intrigues for its alleged possession of weapons of mass destruction. Afghanistan was supposedly invaded for failure to surrender Osama bin Laden, though no international procedure had been laid down. US imperialism’s greed is boundless and war against oppressed peoples is its weapon.
 

The US is currently whetting its military might by forging security partnerships through increasing bilateral military training exercises and operations provided by rotational and temporary basing in military facilities of partner countries. In the US “pivot” to Asia-Pacific, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is cultivating ties with governments in South East Asia to ensure “stability” in the region. US officials have negotiated with the Philippine government to allow rotation of more US forces and military ships, aircrafts and equipment through the country on temporary deployments. After the Filipino people succeeded in driving away the US bases and facilities in the country in 1990, the Noynoy Aquino administration is on a roll in tightening agreements that would allow US forces to further legitimize their permanent presence and operation in Philippine territory and waters.
 

However, it is precisely because of these imperialist designs that the US posturing against Syria comes as both as a war of aggression to firm up its political and economic dominance globally and in the Arab region and an affirmation of the hypocrisy of Pres. Obama, who rode on the crest of the US citizens’ clamor against the US war against Iraq for him to win in the presidential elections.
 

     
     
     

 

Karapatan Alliance for the Advancement of People's Rights, its members and chapters all over the Philippines stand in solidarity with the Syrian people in opposing this US imperialist was of aggression. We are one with the oppressed peoples of the world, who are subjected to inhuman conditions because of US intrusion in our countries. We are one with all the oppressed peoples in our struggle for genuine freedom and democracy in our nations.

 

           
     
     
     

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Media Release
07 Sept. 2013

Workers respond to Pope’s call vs. US war on Syria

Responding to Pope Francis’s call for fasting and prayer against the impending US war on Syria, workers led by labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno trooped to the Boy Scout Rotonda in Quezon City this afternoon to show their opposition to the US’s impending airstrikes against the Middle East country.

The labor center said the US is waging the war of aggression against Syria to further enrich big capitalist war contractors, consolidate control over the Middle East and the region’s oil resources, and prepare for war against Iran.

It said reports show that the US and its allies in Syria are behind the use of chemical weapons against ordinary citizens and that the use of such weapons is aimed at legitimizing the US war of aggression against the country.

“We join Pope Francis’s call for peace against the US’s war of aggression against Syria. We join the world in condemning the US’s evil imperialist war and its evil imperialist agenda in Syria and the Middle East,” said Lito Ustarez, KMU vice-chairperson.

“The US must be opposed as it plans to violate, yet again, international law and a country’s sovereignty for the economic and geopolitical interests of its 1%. It must not be allowed to destroy, yet again, the lives, livelihood and environment of an entire people,” he added.

KMU said workers and the people are not convinced by the US’s excuse for the war of aggression, that the Syrian government is using chemical weapons against its people.

“The Syrian government’s so-called chemical weapons are being used today the way the Saddam Hussein government’s so-called weapons of mass destruction were used in 2003. Both are lies that were manufactured to try to justify a war of aggression repackaged as a humanitarian intervention,” Ustarez said.

The labor center condemned the government of Pres. Noynoy Aquino for being silent on the US war on Syria, saying such silence is actually complicity with the said war.

“Aquino has consistently stood behind the US’s military actions across the globe. Not even the presence of Overseas Filipino Workers in countries targeted by the US has forced him to speak out against wars waged by the US,” he added.

“Aquino continues to show support for the US’s military actions across the world, despite widespread condemnation of these actions. Despite continued US warmongering, Aquino continues to welcome greater US military presence in the country,” Ustarez said.

KMU vowed to continue holding protests against the US war on Syria, saying US Pres. Barrack Obama continues to expose himself as implementing a foreign policy no different from that of former US presidents, including George W. Bush.

Reference: Lito Ustarez, KMU vice-chairperson, 0908-6491992

 

     
     
           
     
     
     

 

August 30, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Reference: Garry Martinez, Chairperson, 0939-3914418

US-NATO, hands off Syria! – Migrante International

Global alliance of overseas Filipinos Migrante International rejects the looming US intervention in Syria. Migrante International stands in solidarity with the Syrian people in their struggle for self-determination.

Migrante International calls on US-NATO to get out of Syria, fearing for the lives of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). It also criticizes the Aquino administration’s support for US wars of aggression and deployment of US troops in the Asia Pacific region.

“Our government’s support for US wars of aggression and US troops deployment continues to endanger the lives of thousands and thousands of Filipinos in Syria and wherever else the US plans to strike,” said Garry Martinez, Migrante International chairperson.

Martinez called for more active and systematic repatriation efforts by the Aquino government. He also further criticized the Aquino administration’s continuous intensification of its labor export policy despite escalating conflicts in the Middle East-North Africa region and the worsening global economic crisis.

“Nothing short of the reversal of the present system will put an end to forced migration. Past and present experiences have revealed the bankruptcy of the labor export policy. What the Aquino administration needs to address is genuine land reform and national industrialization so that Filipinos do not have to leave their families and homeland at great risks and difficulties abroad,” Martinez said.

At least 17,000 OFWs are in Syria, around 15,000 are women and 90% undocumented.

“For as long as there is landlessness, no domestic jobs are available, and prices continue to soar sky-high, Filipinos will be forced to seek employment abroad despite the ongoing global economic crisis that continues to displace thousands of OFWs or place them in imminent danger or war. It’s a never-ending vicious cycle that will only end if fundamental reforms are in place,” Martinez said. ###
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