The defense of Syria is, at this point in time, the frontline of the struggle worldwide against imperialist domination. It is Korea in 1950, Vietnam in 1965, Algeria in 1954, Zimbabwe in 1970, Cuba in 1961, Nicaragua in 1980, Iraq in 2003, Libya in 2011, Palestine since 1948.
Imperialist domination is the fundamental problem of the modern era; it is the thing that gets in the way of people developing freely and peacefully, creatively solving their problems without interference.
How different of a place would Syria be if it didn’t have to defend itself against imperialism (particularly in its zionist form)? How different of a place would Iraq be if it hadn’t been bombed into the stone age? How different of a place would Cuba be if it hadn’t suffered from a half-century embargo and endless economic and political destabilisation? How different of a place would China be if it wasn’t facing an encirclement strategy? How different of a place would Latin America be if it hadn’t been subjected to yankee-imposed dictatorships and neoliberal experimentation for decades? How different of a place would Africa be if it didn’t bear the brunt of neocolonialism and structurally enforced underdevelopment? How different would the ghettos of the west be if it weren’t for the constant economic, political and cultural warfare that is employed against them?
This is the defining political dynamic of the modern era. No room on the fence. Pick a side.