Civilians are the intended target of Syrian, Russian, & US coalition bombing in Syria

Syrian & injured kids at field hospital in Eastern Ghouta (Samer Bouidani:dpa:Alamy Live News) Feb 21 2018

Whatever the Assadist defense for Russian & Syrian bombing of Eastern Ghouta, the reality is that they are carpet bombing an area with 400,000 civilians. There are no estimates of the casualty rate for paramilitary forces since they are not the primary target. Civilians are not “collateral damage” but the intended targets to destroy the revolution against Assad which is, for the most part, unarmed.

Contrary to Assadist propagandists who claim ‘everything we’ve been told about Syria is a lie’ & that the bodies of civilians are just Hollywood actors, there is an avalanche of photographic & video documentation for the bombing & artillery assaults on civilians in Syria. Just as there were thousands of videos documenting the Syrian revolution in 2011 which Assadists claim never happened. Erstwhile antiwar & socialist activist Jeff Mackler, in another of his regrettable screeds supporting the Assad dictatorship, actually claimed that the Syrian revolution “inadvertently provided the US with a pretext for the now seven-year US-orchestrated regime-change imperialist war.” So you see how they see things when they betray principles? It was those who rose up by the millions to oppose dictatorship that caused the Syrian war. May Mackler finish his decay in hell.

Photo is a man & his injured children waiting for medical care in a field hospital since so many of the hospitals & clinics have been bombed out.

(Photo by Samer Bouidani/dpa/Alamy Live News)

Syria & the switch & bait operation of the UN Security Council

White Helmet rescue worker with child in Eastern Ghouta (Abdulmonam Eassa:AFP:Getty Images) Feb 21 2018

In the past six days, Russian & Syrian warplanes have killed 460 civilians, including 100 children, & injured thousands. There’s a lot of media coverage about how Russia is blocking a UN resolution calling for a ceasefire & portraying Trump’s UN ambassador Nikki Haley as an antiwar champion dismayed that Russia is delaying humanitarian aid & medical evacuations from Eastern Ghouta. It’s all a switch & bait routine. If the UN wanted to function in a democratic way & get something done, it would dismantle the Security Council which is an organizational recipe for big power, militarist dominance.

The Security Council, a World War II anachronism, has 15 rotating temporary member states representing global regions & five permanent members (US, UK, France, China, Russia) who hold veto power over resolutions. All five permanent members have the most powerful militaries in the world, are nuclear powers, & among the world’s largest arms exporters. Combined, they spend over US$1 trillion a year on the military. It’s like putting the fox in charge of the chicken coop writ large. Why should five militarist states be allowed to control matters of war & peace when their political interests are dominated by war, occupation, genocide?

Russia is blocking a Security Council ceasefire resolution to stop the slaughter in Eastern Ghouta by demanding paramilitary groups fighting the Assad dictatorship comply with the truce. There are paramilitary groups fighting on both sides, as part of the Syrian revolution & as part of counterrevolutionary forces. All of them are being trained & armed by the five permanent member nations of the Security Council or their allies. Antiwar forces don’t have to sort that maelstrom out or become military strategists to understand how we should respond. We must take our stand demanding the immediate cessation of Syrian, Russian, & US coalition bombing of civilians & the immediate, unconditional withdrawal of all foreign military forces–overt, covert, mercenary–from Syria.

Photo is White Helmet rescuing a child in Eastern Ghouta.

(Photo by Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images )