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View from the left: Lost in Syria

The origins of the IS can be traced to the US occupation of Iraq.


October 15, 2014 3:26:28 am

Claiming that the United States’ military intervention in Iraq and Syria is “inexorably leading to a wider conflict in the region”, the CPM’s People’s Democracy has alleged that the ISIS, now IS, is a creation of the US. “The IS… is a creation of the US and its allies in the region like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan and Turkey. The origins of the IS can be traced to the US occupation of Iraq. Al-Qaeda took root in the resistance against the US occupation and later transformed into the IS,” an editorial argues.

“The US is claiming that its military strikes are directed to weaken the IS and prevent its advance and [US President Barack] Obama pledged that there will be no US combat troops on the ground. However, these declarations are suspect. The growing US military intervention is designed to maintain American control over Iraq and to effect a regime change in Syria… The military strikes in Iraq were motivated more by the US wanting to protect its oil interests in Iraqi Kurdistan and to ensure that there is a government in Baghdad that would be able to protect US interests,” it adds.

It blames the US for leaving behind a “trail of sectarian conflict, chaos and divisions in Iraq and Libya”, pointing out that Libya today is “wracked by conflict between Islamist militias… The only possible way out is for the US to sit with Iran and Russia and all the major countries of the region to end the [Syrian] civil war and find a political solution. The IS and the other sectarian forces cannot be isolated and defeated without a wider agreement among the contending forces in the region,” it concludes.

Price too high

Emphasising that price rise and corruption are “two inevitable results of pursuance of the policies of neoliberalism”, the CPI’s New Age has said that the party will observe an “Anti-Price Rise Day” on October 16, when party units will organise meetings and demonstrations to demand measures to stop the increase in prices of essential commodities.

“Narendra Modi in his Lok Sabha campaign fully exploited the people’s anger against price rise and all-pervasive corruption. Now he has forgotten even to mention the two subjects… Corporations are allowed to loot national and natural resources as well as fleece consumers and producers both. The net result is that while big business is thriving, people are crying under the burden of price rise,” the editorial says.

“The observance of the day against price rise cannot be confined to rhetoric. It should become the launching pad for a comprehensive campaign against the policies of neoliberalism that breed evils like price rise and corruption… We have to also project alternatives,” it adds.

Love and marriage

The CPI-ML’s ML Update has said the “love jihad” campaign “victimises women as much as it does minorities”, adding that the Meerut case is a classic example. “The BJP and Sangh Parivar’s ‘love jihad’ campaign, in order to fan up suspicion and hatred against the minority community, gives political fire-power to such ‘honour’ crimes, coercion and curbs on the freedom of women,” an editorial states.

“Every person and every woman must have the right to choose who they love, marry or have relationships with. This right is protected by India’s Constitution. How can these rights and freedoms of people and women be protected if India’s ruling party openly endorses and conducts campaigns against these rights?” it asks. “Democratic forces all over the country need to give a fitting rebuff to the BJP and Sangh Parivar’s communal- patriarchal campaign, and boldly assert and celebrate the rights of all persons to love and marry according to choice,” it concludes.

Compiled by Ruhi Tewari

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