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. ###