As forecasted by Medhaj News two months earlier, Kurdish YPG fighters have expelled militants of the Takfiri group, ISIL, from the Syrian border town of Kobani after more than four months of fighting.
With the help of Abu Ibrahim Saif, its Middle-East correspondent, and an editorial policy of creating a special category called `Kobani and Rojava: 21st Century Revolution’, on the home page of its website www.medhajnews.com, Medhaj News followed the micro-details of the Kobani war on a day-to-day basis.
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that as of now, YPG, PKK, other Marxist-Leninist forces including the Maoist faction in the Kurdish movement, and Peshmerga (Iraqi Kurds), were controlling the strategic town.
“The (Kurdish) People’s Protection Units have almost full control over Kobani after expelling Islamic State fighters,” the monitor group said.
This is a serious setback for ISIL, which had risen like lightning and was expected to take Kobani and extend its rule over most of Iraq and Syria.
Feeding on Sunni-Muslim-Arab grievances, ISIS, which was being helped by Zionists elements and money, threatened to impose an ultra-hardline, far more barbaric than Saudi Arabia, kind of false/pseudo-Islam, on the Middle-East.
Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas, Houthis, and Left forces in the Palestinian movement/Middle-East like PFLP—which form an arc of resistance against western Imperialism, Zionism and Takfirism—bolstered this development by their open support to Kurdish fighters.
It was this support that made Syria shed its old line—Russia felt confident to assert itself zealously and isolate NATO/Israel in the Middle-East to the point where NATO was forced to support Kurds even as Israel kept helping ISIS.
A few days back, Israel thought it fit to attack Hezbollah and an Iranian General who were fighting Takfiri terrorists; the same Israel however, never lifted a finger against ISIS. The latter too did not attack Israel. In the name of dislodging Assad and capturing Syrian oil, American right-wing also, openly supported ISIS.
Talking to this correspondent, Amaresh Misra, Editor-in-Chief, Medhaj News, the web news portal that also runs a mobile news application, said “defeat of ISIS, and victory of Kurdish Left-democratic forces, in Kobani, heralds a new era. At an existential level, some of the most beautiful women of the world defeated one of the most barbaric forces in the hi’story of civilization”.
Elaborating further, Misra said that “ISIS is nothing but a post-modern, lumpen, reserve army/criminal gang/death-cult of Imperialism and Zionism. Victimized by the US, many Sunni Arabs fell for ISIS’ false rhetoric against the West. But as soon as they realized ISIS’ true character, they distanced themselves from Takfiris; ISIS could not have been defeated had one section of Sunni Arabs not turned against it”.
When asked how he felt now about those pessimists who were saying ISIS will win in Kobani, Misra smiled and said “I always told them—you don’t know Kurds; you don’t know Abdullah Ocalan; you don’t know Marxist revolutionaries who have their dialectics right and who are non-academic, non-doctrinaire, political leaders. Kurds are led by Marxists who empowered women; for the first time in history, Marxists armed women as an Independent social class/democratic force. `Woman is the revolution’, Ocalan theorized, in the way Marx wrote in Grundrisse that though separate, at one, dialectical level ‘production is distribution’; in Kobani, women fought for their survival—for each inch of their land, their rights, their men, their elders, their kids, their identity, both as Kurds and as women—like peasants and workers of the former Soviet Union, who fought such a tough battle of attrition in Stalingrad, for their land and class, that a maniac like Hitler, who did not believe in rules of history, but only in imposing his will, and who realized that like good, evil too can be a force of `inspiration’ and maddening, demonic, `victorious’ ferocity, was defeated”.
Elaborating further, Misra added that “if you see, a new kind of popular front emerged in Kobani—it stretches from Russia to Iran, Hezbollah–anti-Imperialist, revolutionary Shia forces—to Hamas—a revolutionary, anti-Zionist force which has blended religion with fight for justice and aspirations of Palestinians, an oppressed nationality—to Sunni tribes and Baath socialists repelled by ISIS’ fanaticism–to one section of centre-right, conservative constitutionalists like Muslim Brotherhood, ditched recently by Saudi Arabia–to a faction in Turkey”.
On Turkey, Misra said that “Erdogan, once close to Muslim Brotherhood type politics, now charting an Independent course, trying hard to balance anti-West sentiments of his electorate with NATO and Saudi Arabia, played both ways; he was undermining Syria and Kurds, while seeming to be anti-ISIS; yet, Erdogan too could not openly support ISIS; in fact, as the contradiction that ISIS, while seeming to be a `Muslim’ force, does not utter a word against Israel, became too obvious, Erdogan could not contain his basic gut, anti-Zionist political feeling, and launched into an attack on Israel. Erdogan finally allowed help to Kurds in Kobani, despite a deep history of violent struggle against them”.
Talking about the new, anti-neo liberal, global united front, Misra explained that “from Middle-East onwards, this front embraces a large liberal-left-Green section of Europe to Blacks, Hispanics, white working class elements in the US; in fact, with America’s `Israelization’ and beginning of the turn towards an occupation-apartheid-racist Police State, and incidents like Ferguson, Blacks and minorities in the US are emerging as a new, persecuted political force in their on right; talking of US, one might add, that the United Front also encompasses liberal-realist elements within American Imperialism who despite stiff right-wing opposition, pressed for bombing ISIS in Kobani and helping Kurds to a limited extent; but the leadership on the ground is with left-democratic forces of progressive class-cultural-religious-identity-gender-eco politics—and that is the most important aspect”.
Misra went on to add that “today, revolutionary movements in any context, have to be both rooted and global, class and identity-gender conscious, in their outlook—victory of Syriza, Greek radical Leftists, in recent elections, owes a lot to the support extended by Leftist Podemas of Spain, and the newly emergent, radical leftists in Germany. It is interesting that the `anti-neo liberal model mood’ in Europe is also sympathetic, to a large degree, to the Palestinian cause. In UK, you have radical Left leaders like George Galloway and his Respect Party, and they will do well in 2015 elections. In fact, the Labour Party will find it hard to win British elections without the aid of Independent radical leftists. The new radical Left of Europe is neither of the old Soviet Union variety, nor of the `Chinese-late 60s’ kind, and it is definitely not close to social democrats of the `Euro-communist’ era or the ruling, socialist parties of today which have degenerated into Blairism. There is a lot of anger in the west against NATO’s `fake war on terror’, the CIA torture reports, the NSA surveillance in the name of `national security’, the rampant Islamophobia, the attack on democratic-civil liberties and support for Israel and an evil cult like Zionism in the name of protecting `freedom of speech’, the shabby treatment meted out to whistleblowers like Snowden and Assange, and 9/11 or Charlie Hebdo type, false flag attacks. Young population everywhere is emerging as an Independent political force. Contemporary radical Left has borrowed a lot from Chavez and Latin America—they are national and global, eco-friendly, class-gender-identity—even religiously—conscious—at one and the same time; they are challenging the status quo in a language understood by masses—but they are contextual, not tied to Chavezism, constantly evolving, learning through mistakes”.
Urging the Indian Left to re-examine its position and learn from world developments how revolutionary Marxists are integrating culture, environment, gender, religion, and yes Gramsci, and radical, post-modern thinkers, into political struggle, and evolving a new paradigm against the post-Leninist, post-Mao, Zionist era of International finance capital and Imperialism out to gobble the earth, Misra said that “battle against forces of darkness is incomplete without the liberation of Palestine from Israeli-Zionist yoke. While the fight against ISIS will continue, it is time to march on to Palestine”.
Anwar Ali Czarpa, Assistant Editor, Mehdaj News