Kassioun Editorial 1036: The Syrian People’s Sovereignty
It has become clear and tangible that the entire world is experiencing a major transition from the American unipolar system to a new world that cannot be reduced to saying “multipolarity”, though the latter is itself a stage within the same comprehensive transition.
The most important feature within the ongoing transition process is that it is not only breaking the historical Western hegemony, but more importantly that it is specifically breaking the mechanisms and tools of that hegemony, especially the twofold plundering mechanism: the dollar being a global currency and the unequal exchange.
While it is clear that the rising powers, led by China and Russia, use international law in their battle with Washington and its allies, primarily the necessity of respecting the sovereignty of states, the facts confirm that reducing this mechanism through conformity between regimes and states, although in previous stages it allowed breaking direct and indirect military interventions, especially terrorist ones, stands helpless in the face of economic interventions, which today have become the most threatening and fundamental danger. This can be seen very clearly in all the region’s countries, and Syria in particular.
This implies that we have entered a new phase, in which the military achievements made to counter terrorism can evaporate through the gateways of economy, energy, and the like.
The depth of the issue lies precisely in the fact that the nature of class structures that were in control and were able during the period of American supremacy is a nature characterized by three basic characteristics:
First: They are structures that perpetuate a poorly developed economy and deepen inequality in distribution. In parallel, these structures play a double plundering role: to fill its pockets and as a broker of the unequal exchange through which the West profits.
Second: In order to maintain its position in light of the massive socioeconomic injustice that it practices, it transforms the nature of the political and civil space within the state towards a state of severe repression and severe restrictions on political rights.
Third: The deep interest of these structures was, and still is, organically linked not only to the Western powers, but also to the Western model as its broker in the economic sense. This role quickly expresses itself politically, in one way or another.
All these features make understanding the sovereignty of states as the sovereignty of the peoples of those states, and the right of those peoples to self-determination, an urgent and practical need in the context of the current international conflict in which the plundering structures have become an additional burden that is an impediment to the process of transition towards the new.
The ongoing process of historical transition towards the new, can only be completed with the appropriate tools. These tools are certainly not a group of elites with selfish interests that still see the whole world from the point view of their narrow interests, which did and still intersect with Western interests.
Contrary to that, the interest of the Syrian people in stability, development, growth, and justice stands on the opposite side of the interests of the elites who benefit from the status quo and the interests of the West and its unequal exchange.
In this sense, the implementation of UNSC Resolution 2254 as a tool through which the Syrian people, the people and no one else, possess their right to self-determination and the fate of their country, on the basis of respect for the sovereignty, rights, and hopes of this people, has become a fundamental part not only in Syria’s exit from its crisis, but also in moving towards the new world.