U.S.-NATO driven to wage war on Syria
By Ray Duprey
October 20, 2012
Turkey’s war jets forced down a civilian airliner flying from Moscow
to Damascus. Thirty-five Russians and Syrians were passengers on the Oct. 10
flight, endangered by the action. U.S. spokesperson Victoria Nuland immediately
supported Turkey’s act of air piracy. Also, some 150 U.S. special troops
moved into Syria’s southern neighbor, Jordan.
NATO and the major European NATO powers, Britain, France and Germany, have
supported Turkey against Syria despite Turkey’s aggressive moves. It is
apparent that NATO is edging toward direct military intervention against Syria.
Turkey, which had also moved 250 tanks to the Syria border, is spearheading the
A week earlier, the Turkish parliament voted to approve military operations
across the Turkish-Syrian border, and soon after began “return”
fire in the form of mortar-shelling of Syria. There has been no proof that
Syrian troops fired the first missiles, and even a Turkish newspaper, Yurt,
reported that the mortar round that hit Akcakale was of NATO design and was
given to the Syrian rebels by the Turkish government, according to the Oct. 9
Turkey has been supplying and sheltering these rebels. It is easy for them
to later turn around and incite reaction by using NATO-made weapons on NATO
Any rational-minded person would reconsider shelling a neighboring country a
knee-jerk reaction for six days straight even as the facts begin to appear and
the speculation decays in front of our very eyes. If these actions appear
irrational, they must be driven by powerful forces.
In his 2012 book, “Capitalism at a Dead End,” Fred Goldstein
analyzes with perfection the current economic issues that are the cause of
military adventurism. Since World War II, the U.S has used war and the military
budget to stimulate its economy, and also to expand capitalist plunder and
exploitation of cheap labor.
The capitalist hunt for the highest profit was the driving force behind wars
in Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Haiti and, perhaps soon, Syria. In
2011, the CIA funded and trained Libyan opposition forces, and NATO bombed
Libya. This brought about a bloody civil war that is still to this day not
resolved fully, and caused a widespread ripple effect of instability throughout
Northern Africa. Even now, European countries are preparing to intervene
directly in Mali in northwest Africa.
Under present conditions, the pervading motive to chase the highest rate of
profit drives the individual NATO ruling classes’ interests, leading to
aggressive actions by the state apparatus of each NATO country, that is, its
It is obvious, with the growing capitalist crisis in Europe and the downturn
of the United States’ own economy, that the imperialists have targeted
Syria as the next step in a long line of steps they have taken since the fall
of the Soviet Union eliminated the imperialists’ most powerful opponent.
The goal of this aggression is capitalist domination of the planet.
On Oct. 10, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta confirmed the deployment of
U.S. troops in Jordan for alleged “humanitarian needs.” Recently,
12,000 troops from various NATO nations conducted military drills in
Yugoslavia, Libya, Syria
The dominoes are falling into place, much as they did in Libya and in
Yugoslavia. The imperialists are using the same pretext —
“humanitarian needs” — once again. NATO is driven to conduct
“military operations,” in other words, to wage war on Syria, all in
the name of “democracy” for the Syrian people. Even with the facts
against them and continuing to mount against them as the conflict continues,
NATO moves closer to the point of openly marching into Syria.
What makes this drive unavoidable, as Goldstein points out, can be found in
Karl Marx’s explanation of the law concerning the declining rate of
profit and capitalist accumulation. Unable to regenerate capitalist profits by
peaceful means, the U.S. and European imperialist powers seek plunder through
war. Conquest of Syria opens another door, they believe, to seizing the natural
resources of the Middle East, that is, oil.
It is of the utmost importance that we stand in opposition to these
imperialist wars, which devastate the nations that are the targets of the
“interventions.” We must stand against both the military
interventions and the economic warfare through sanctions. No more Imperialist
The writer is a revolutionary youth activist in Detroit.