Turkey: Stop the Aggression against the Kurds!

No to the US/France/UK Crusade against the People of Iraq and Syria!

Statement of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 29 July 2015, www.thecommunists.net

  1. In the last few days we have witnessed a major escalation of the conflict between the bourgeois, pro-imperialist Erdogan government of Turkey and the Kurds in North-Kurdistan (Southeast Turkey). The events began with a horrific suicide bombing in Suruç carried out by Daesh/IS against a rally of SGDF (Federation of Socialist Youth Associations), young Turkish socialist activists, who came to the district of Suruç in eastern Turkey from Istanbul with the intention of participating in the rebuilding of Kobanê just across the border in northern Syria. In the brutal bombing, 32 young activists were killed.
  2. Following this barbarous act, an uprising broke out in the Kurdish areas of Turkey, many Kurds accusing the bourgeois Turkish government of secretly supporting Daesh/IS against their Kurdish brethren. It is understandable that Kurdish workers can believe such conspiracy theories inasmuch as the Erdogan government is directing much of its military force to suppress the just liberation struggle of the Kurdish people. However, it is absolutely not true that Daesh/IS is the instrument of Turkey (nor of any other state). Regardless, Ankara is evidently exploiting the pretext of the “war on terror” to crack down primarily on the petty-bourgeois nationalist Kurdish PKK and not Daesh/IS. Towards this end the Turkish army has used some isolated armed attacks of the PKK against Turkish police as an excuse to reopen its assault on Kurdish resistance camps in northern Iraq. It appears that, until now, the Turkish military has directed its attacks mostly against PKK forces in northern Iraq and not against the YPG (People’s Defense Units), the armed wing of the Kurdish PYD (Democratic Union Party) in Rojava, the Kurdish region of Syria.
  3. The RCIT calls upon all revolutionaries to stand unequivocally on the side of the Kurdish people and to defend them against discrimination and oppression. Likewise we call for the defense of the HDP against the fascist MHP’s threats to outlaw it. While we reject the left-wing nationalism of the official petty-bourgeois leadership of the Kurdish masses, we stand shoulder to shoulder with them when they fight for progressive goals. It is especially important that the workers’ movement in Turkey makes efforts to break the mass-influence of Erdogan’s bourgeois AKP (Justice and Development Party). However, it is impossible to do so by simply denouncing the government in Turkey as a “fascist,” as many Stalinists and other leftists do. We completely reject the Maoist-inspired guerilla strategy of the PKK and acts of terrorism by individuals against Turkish police and army forces. In particular we warn the Kurdish workers to be wary of the pro-imperialist leadership of the PYD in Syria as well as that of the KDP (Kurdistan Democratic Party) and the PUK (Patriotic Union of Kurdistan) in Iraq who are closely working together with the US and EU. To a limited extent the Kurdish forces have received weapons from the Western imperialists as well as military training and air support. However, the liberation of the Kurdish people and the establishment of a free, red Kurdistan can only be achieved by a consistent revolutionary workers’ party. Building such a party is the most important task today in Turkey and Kurdistan.
  4. While the Erdogan regime continues it stepped up attacks on the Kurds, in parallel it is moving closer to the imperialist “Alliance” against Daesh/IS. The Alliance fighting Daesh/IS is composed of mostly arch-reactionary imperialist or pro-imperialist forces, like the great powers of the US, Britain and France as well as their lackeys in the region (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan and Morocco, all of them brutal dictatorships, and the Iraqi Haider al-Abadi regime which is serving both Washington and Teheran). In addition, this unholy alliance includes countries and forces closely aligned to Russian and Chinese imperialism (Iran, the Assad regime in Syrian and Hezbollah).
  5. It is the position of the RCIT that the only justified defense struggles against the arch-reactionary thugs of Daesh/IS are those of the Syrian rebels who are simultaneously fighting against both Assad’s army and Daesh/IS on the one hand and the Kurdish forces both in Syria (Rojava) and Iraq in addition to other national minorities on the other. While we support these justified struggles against Daesh/IS, at the same time we call for the defeat of the intervening imperialist Alliance. We note that the butcher Assad is responsible for far more killing of civilians and far more torture than IS, and it now seems – especially following the nuclear deal – that the US and Iran are moving closer together.
  6. Revolutionaries in Iraq and Syria must fight both the reactionary imperialist intervention and Daesh/IS. Regardless of our enmity to Daesh/IS, in the fight against this brutal, murderous, arch-reactionary organization we condemn all bombings carried out by the warplanes and drones of imperialism. All imperialist must be kicked out of the Middle East! In Syria the revolution against Assad must continue and be transformed into a fight for power of the workers and the peasants. Only when our class is in power can the war be ended and Syria rebuilt in the interest of the masses!

* Down with the imperialist crusade!

* For a Federation of Workers’ and Fellahin Republics in the Middle East!

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About RCIT Britain

What the RCIT stands for Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT)is a revolutionary combat organisation fighting for the liberation of the working class and all oppressed. It has national sections in a number of countries. The working class is composed of all those (and their families) who are forced to sell their labor power as wage earners to the capitalists. The RCIT stands on the theory and practice of the revolutionary workers’ movement associated with the names of Marx, Engels, Lenin, and Trotsky. Capitalism endangers our lives and the future of humanity. Unemployment, war, environmental disasters, hunger, and exploitation are all part of everyday life under capitalism as are the imperialistic oppression of nations, the national oppression of migrants, and the oppression of women, young people, and homosexuals. Therefore, we want to eliminate capitalism. The liberation of the working class and all oppressed is possible only in a classless society without exploitation and oppression. Such a society can only be established internationally. Therefore, the RCIT is fighting for a socialist revolution at home and around the world. This revolution must be carried out and lead by the working class, for only this class has the collective power to bring down the ruling class and build a socialist society. The revolution cannot proceed peacefully because a ruling class never has nor ever will voluntarily surrender its power. By necessity, therefore, the road to liberation includes armed rebellion and civil war against the capitalists. The RCIT is fighting for the establishment of workers’ and peasants’ republics, where the oppressed organize themselves in councils democratically elected in rank-and-file meetings in factories, neighbourhoods, and schools. These councils, in turn, elect and control the government and all other statue authorities, and always retain the right to recall them. Authentic socialism and communism have nothing to do with the so-called “socialism” that ruled in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and which continues to do so in China and Cuba, for example. In these countries, the proletariat was and is dominated and oppressed by a privileged party bureaucracy. Under capitalism, the RCIT supports all efforts to improve the living conditions of the workers and oppressed, while simultaneously striving to overthrow this system based on economic exploitation of the masses. Towards these ends, we work from within the trade unions where we advocate class struggle, socialism, and workers’ democracy. But trade unions and social democracy are controlled by a bureaucracy perniciously connected with the state and capital via status, high-paying jobs, and other privileges. Thus, the trade union bureaucracy is far from the interests and living conditions of its members, based as it is on the top, privileged layers of the working class – a labor aristocracy which has no real interest in replacing capitalism. Therefore, the true struggle for the liberation of the working class, the toppling of capitalism and the establishment of socialism, must be based on the broad mass of the proletariat rather than their “representative” from the upper trade union strata. We also fight for the expropriation of the big land owners as well as for the nationalisation of the land and its distribution to the poor and landless peasants. Towards this goal we struggle for the independent organisation of the rural workers. We support national liberation movements against oppression. We also support the anti-imperialist struggles of oppressed peoples against the great powers. Within these movements we advocate a revolutionary leadership as an alternative to nationalist or reformist forces. While the RCIT strives for unity of action with other organizations, we are acutely aware that the policies of social democrats and pseudo-revolutionary groups are dangerous, and ultimately represent an obstacle to the emancipation of the working class, peasants, and the otherwise oppressed. In wars between imperialist states we take a revolutionary defeatist position: we do not support either side, but rather advocate the transformation of the war into a civil war against the ruling class in each of the warring states. In wars between imperialist powers (or their stooges) and a semi-colonial countries we stand for the defeat of the former and the victory of the oppressed countries. As communists, we maintain that the struggle against national oppression and all types of social oppression (women, youth, sexual minorities etc.) must be lead by the working class, because only the latter is capable of fomenting a revolutionarily change in society . Therefore, we consistently support working class-based revolutionary movements of the socially oppressed, while opposing the leadership of petty-bourgeois forces (feminism, nationalism, Islamism, etc.), who ultimately dance to the tune of the capitalists, and strive to replace them with revolutionary communist leadership. Only with a revolutionary party fighting as its leadership can the working class be victorious in its struggle for liberation. The establishment of such a party and the execution of a successful revolution, as it was demonstrated by the Bolsheviks in Russia under Lenin and Trotsky remain the models for revolutionary parties and revolutions in the 21st century. For new, revolutionary workers' parties in all countries! For a 5th Workers International to be founded on a revolutionary program! Join the RCIT! No future without socialism! No socialism without revolution! No revolution without a revolutionary party!
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