International League of Peoples Struggle in Canada (Country Chapter) Statement
ILPS in Canada condemns the U.S. missile attack on Syria which ramps up its long term imperialist intervention in the country and sets the stage for intensified war and further violations of Syria’s sovereignty. We urge all ILPS member organizations, allies and the all those who hope for a world of peace and justice to take actions to oppose the escalation and to challenge any further Canadian support or involvement in this intervention.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s craven cheerleading for the attack merely confirms that the Canadian imperialist ruling class is ‘all in’ on the agenda of militaristic, genocidal imperialism set in Washington. Anti-imperialists in Canada must eschew any hopes of a ‘kinder, gentler’ Canadian imperialism and build an anti-war movement capable of challenging Canadian war industries and involvement in wars of aggression.
Part of building such a movement is to take-on the war propaganda head on. The news of a reported gas attack for which the motives and responsibility remain unclear since there has been no independent verification, Ottawa, the other imperialist governments and their allies, have thrown their support behind a racist neo-fascist liar, Trump. Can it be that the devil incarnate has suddenly turned into Knight in shining armour? Obviously not!
Social struggle and the urgent need to build a new economic and social system is a reality in Syria as it is everywhere. But the bloody conflict that has played out in Syria since 2011 has been fueled since the outset by outside money, geopolitical interests and imperialist agendas. Now, as then, the interests of the U.S. and its allies are not the democratic rights or well-being of the Syrian people, but the crass economic and geopolitical interests of the U.S. ruling class, it’s imperialist hangers-on like Canada and its regional client states, especially Israel, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
In this context the only ‘humanitarian intervention’ that is morally tenable is militant opposition to U.S. led imperialism, the ‘greatest purveyor of violence in the world today’, and to expose and oppose Canadian imperialisms cheerleading and support for it.
Hands Off Syria!
No Trump Trudeau War!
Long Live International Solidarity!