Kassioun Editorial 1115: Are We Optimistic?
“No change has taken place in 100 years, and it is happening now; we are leading this change together”. That is what the Chinese president said in front of the cameras to the Russian president at the end of his first international visit, days after being re-elected as a president for China for a third term.
It not strange that this statement, and later Putin’s agreement thereto, has become the most discussed statement in all media outlets worldwide. Besides the fact that this type of statement is prepared ahead of time, the content is relevant to every part of the world, and even every human being.
Referencing 100 years ago means pointing out the major transformation that took place in the 20th century, with the victory of the October Revolution in 1917 and then the USSR’s victory in WWII in 1945. This has opened the door to many countries around the world for liberation from the colonization, and towards moving forward on every level. This includes China itself, which relied largely in its initial ascent the assistance provided by the USSR, mainly technology and aid, including nuclear technology.
The ongoing global change, in one of its aspects, is indeed an expression of a transformation that has not occurred in 100 years. However, in other aspects, including the geopolitical one, it is an expression of a transformation that has not occurred in at least 250 to 500 years. By this we mean a set of geopolitical transformations, perhaps the most important of which are those of the international trade roads and the transformation in the positioning of global production centers.
Merely trying to enumerate the arenas and sectors in which the West is being dealt blows, has become too difficult, where identifying these blows requires a continuous update on a daily basis. Nevertheless, there is no problem in quickly pointing out a few, including: the Chinese-sponsored Saudi-Iranian agreement; the critical situation of the Zionist entity, which is continuously becoming more critical and deeper in an unprecedented manner; the direct targeting of the American military presence in Syria and in the region, in addition to the continuous political targeting; the American and European socioeconomic and political crisis, which is still in its beginnings and will lead to a crisis at a level that is unmeasurably larger and deeper than that of 2008.
Syrians in general were optimistic with the steps of the Syrian-Turkish settlement; then were somewhat discouraged with the clear new attempts to obstruct it. This is only one example of many examples of fluctuations in the moods between optimism and pessimism based on daily facts.
Having a deep understanding of this mood fluctuation between optimism and pessimism, and the difference between this and revolutionary optimism, is of the utmost importance to those who are really fighting for a new world, and for those fighting in Syria to pull it out of its catastrophe, revive it, and rebuild it.
What really should be looked at is the general direction along which things are going, and this direction confirms the veracity of everything we had preemptively said over 20 years about the international situation and the directions of its development.
A revolutionary cannot be revolutionary without being optimistic. However, revolutionary optimism is not of the “small bourgeois” type, which deals with historical events like a spoiled child that cannot withstand difficulties and losses, and wants a soft struggle that leads to continuous ascent without any partial retreats, as if the issue is a lottery tickets, where you either win, or you lose and throw away the ticket and look for another.
Revolutionary optimism takes into consideration that major transformations that take place do not only get rid of the prevailing classes and its authorities and culture, but also entirely get rid of the previous way of living, in the context of building the new way of living. They especially get rid of the idle and lazy comfort of the middle classes, especially the “intellectuals”. Therefore, it is not surprising to see those among the biggest deniers of reality and the ones who ignore its facts the most, merely because that is one tool of the denial tools with which they defend the crash and collapse of their former lives.
Revolutionary optimism means a scientific clear vision of the general direction of events. It also means, along the entire way, a relentless continuous daily fight, in all forms and with all the tools, to speed up the required transformation and reduce the people’s agony during the transformation. The imminent transformation, within the foreseeable horizon, at the international and regional levels, and at the Syrian level, is towards a comprehensive radical change of the existing system, starting with implementation of UNSC Resolution 2254 in its entirety, and pursuant to a cooperation between the Astana track and China, and possibly the main Arab countries.