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We re-blog this statement from the Syrian Left Coalition, Yasar Movement and Iraqi Leftists on the situation in Iraq. We do not necessarily agree with all its positions but agree that there exists an independent non-sectarian working class resistance in Iraq that extends into Syria; that a radical left must intervene in this struggle; that the ISIS is a counter-revolutionary force; that we defend an independent Kurdestan; and that the US and Iran (for us in alliance with Russia and China) have installed a sectarian regime to divide and rule Iraq that has to be overthrown and its imperialist backers kicked out of Iraq. We would add that this requires the building of a revolutionary workers movement in Iraq and Syria that extends throughout the MENA under the leadership of a Leninist-Trotskyist Party with a program for permanent revolution.
We should not separate the latest events in Iraq, where Al-Maliki regime is losing control over many areas, from the historical context that preceded this and especially since the U.S-British invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the nature of the new regime and forces involved in the political process under the patronage of the occupation on one side, nor from the historical context of the Arab revolutions on the other side.
As radical leftists emerging from the womb of the Arab revolutions, we certainly stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the revolution of the Iraqi people. We seek with our Iraqi comrades to protect this movement from external penetrations and derailment. We struggle together to radicalize it, to realize freedom and liberation of the Iraqi people and their direct control over their own destiny and wealth.
The U.S. imperialism worked together with the Iranian regime, since the beginning of the occupation of Iraq in 2003, and through their puppets of Iraqi politicians and organizations that participated in the so-called "political process", to establish a corrupt sectarian and ethnic system. The Arab regions have been tightly controlled by sectarian forces loyal to the Iranian regime. These forces have worked to marginalize and distort the representation of popular groups from different denominations including the Shiite community, in the regime. This appeared as retaliation against the pre-occupation Iraqi state which was an obstacle to the expansion the dominance of Iranian regime in Iraq and the Middle East region.
Since the beginning of the American occupation in 2003, the Iraqis have been living under difficult economic, social and political crises, suffering from unemployment, poverty and lack of essential services. This situation has encompassed all sects of the Iraqi society, including the poor Shiite classes.
On this basis, resistance and protests appeared as a unifying factor of the majority of the Iraqi population, struggling against the occupation and the foreign domination as well as against the client regime. This was shown by the harmony between the resistance of Fallujah and Najaf, and both were subjected separately to the U.S. attacks. This resistance was driven by the major socio-economic and political grievance, and has gained a broad comprehensive popular support.
So the American occupation and Iranian hegemony built, through the so-called "political process", a sectarian regime to consolidate their authority, to assure their plunder of Iraq, and to prevent the development of this resistance politically. Moreover, they sought to dismantle and divide the social structure of Iraq through broad and arbitrary detentions, and through fabricating daily bombings that killed tens of thousands of Iraqi people. As a result of this aggravating situation, all cities and regions in Iraq witnessed widespread protest movements. Although these protests were not coordinated, they expressed the discontent and the anger of the people.
Just like the other Arab regimes, the forces of the regime faced brutally the peaceful protests and sit-ins in Al Anbar, which called for economic and political rights and ending the sectarian domination. Along with the intensification of the military brutality against these protests and neglecting the demands of the people, the popular and the political dimensions of the revolution were developing. The popular dimension is shown by the widespread support and integration in the revolution, and the political dimension is shown by the formation of political structures that are organizing this movement. The speed of the extension of the revolutionary movement is a clear sign of the active involvement of the people in the revolutionary factions.
Consequently, the military, third dimension did not come in contradiction with the popular dimension, because it emerged from the Iraqi people and not from a political force hostile to them, nor from fundamentalist forces (as ISIS), as the Maliki and the Gulf and the imperialist hypocritical media claim. This is a popular revolution, and there is no fertile ground for the ISIS in it nor in the Iraqi society in general. The ISIS is a counter-revolutionary force that is being used in an attempt to penetrate and degenerate the revolution. Hence, this force should be marginalized, fought and eradicated by the revolutionary forces as soon as it appears.
With the collapse of the official military and security forces of the regime, the mafia regime in Iran has been working through its puppets in Iraq, together with the religious authorities under its control, to form sectarian militias, and through their fabricated propaganda are urging the poor Shiite youth to “Jihad”, as an attempt to use them to fight the revolution. At the same time, both the Iranian and Gulf hypocritical media are trying to show the revolution as a terrorist invasion of the Iraqi cities by fundamentalist forces, using fabricated materials to threaten the people and push the situation into a sectarian war, to protect the interests of the ruling mafias. By this, they are working to derail the situation towards a devastating sectarian war. Therefore, it is also necessary to be aware of any sectarian practice which is counter-revolutionary.
We call all Iraqi people, who are crushed under the regime's policies, in all the provinces (including Baghdad and the cities of the South in particular) to be involved in this revolution, in order to overthrow this client sectarian regime, as well as the terrorist sectarian militias.
While many “leftist” parties are analyzing the situation of Iraq from their offices, relying on the hypocritical media, the Iraqi people are advancing their struggle. Now, while the Iraqi cities are being liberated by their own revolutionaries, successive statements are being published by the different political organizations and community groups involved in the revolution, confirming that the main aim of the revolution is the elimination of the sectarian regime and the liberation of Iraq from external domination, as two interrelated entities, and to build a democratic national regime that meets the interests of the whole Iraqi people.
Because the main title of the revolution is the realization of freedom, democracy and social justice, this revolution meets the interests of the impoverished classes in the Iraqi Kurdistan. Thus, we call them to support the revolution.
Under this revolutionary situation in Iraq with the wide involvement of the popular classes in it, all the forces of the radical left are called to play an active role in it. Involvement of the radical left is a necessity to radicalize the revolution and prevent its degeneration or derailing, and to open up horizons for the working class to hold power and control the wealth.
The Syrian Left Coalition
The Left Movement (Yasar Movement)