LIBYA…HERE WE GO AGAIN!!!!

After watching all the weekend talking head shows, I found that anybody of authority either in the government or as a pundit, don’t have a real reason why the U.S. has joined Britain and France in the invasion of Libya. Haven’t we been down this road a few times too many already? Let’s see, there’s Vietnam in the late ’50’s, there’s Grenada in the early ’80’s, there’s Iraq in the early ’90’s, and again in 2003, and Afghanistan,soon after. Now, it’s Libya.

As best as I can tell, the result of all of these U.S. imperialistic invasions and occupations of sovereign states has been tens of thousands of lost American lives, trillions of American dollars wasted, millions of lost lives of the citizens of these countries we’ve invaded, and lastly, it’s resulted in most of the world looking at the United States as nothing but an imperialistic bully who likes to bring chaos and death to nonthreatening third world countries.

When will the powers that be, now it’s mostly President Obama, learn. As powerful as the military of the United States is, nothing is quick and clean when it comes to military action. So, the President has removed our troops from active military involvement in Iraq now but, there are still over 50,000 American troops on the ground there. Then in a major move of stupidity, he tripled the troop strength in Afghanistan to root out the remaining 100 Al Qaeda left in Afghanistan. We now have 100,000 troops deployed there to find these 100 nasty Al Qaeda terrorists. A wise use of money and man-power, wouldn’t you say. The bad guys have moved to Pakistan, so now we fire on them with drones, which unfortunately, causes much loss of innocent life. Meanwhile, back in Afghanistan, we’ve got tens of thousands of troops there to find these hundred bad guys and to help keep Karzai and his criminals in power. This does, of course, make perfectly good sense!

You know, in retrospect, the world actually has little old Afghanistan to thank for bringing the old Soviet Union to its knees. I like how the conservatives of the day gave President Reagan all the credit, but in reality, the Soviets bungle in Afghanistan so broke the U.S.S.R., financially and emotionally, when Dutch asked Gorby to tear down the wall, the Soviets had neither the money or the will to keep it up! That’s what Afghanistan did to the Soviets, and now, look what it’s doing to the U.S. President Bush and Obama have been so badly advised and misled about the whole situation there. It’s an endless war. There is no means to gain victory, let alone a simple end of conflict. The U.S. stays involved at the cost of 2 billions dollars a week, for what? The excuses of catching Bin Laden are gone, the excuse of making Afghanistan a democracy were never possible in the first place, it an ancient society composed of tribes and tribal territories. The way the Afghani society works is totally corrupt, that won’t change. So, again, why Mr. President are we still there?

Lately, as more of the Middle-East countries come under siege from their own citizens desiring more freedom, the U.S. has been very patient in not getting involved in Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain, Yemen, and Iran. That’s a good thing. Here’s why. These are all internal conflicts within these countries, civil wars if you will. Unless these conflicts spill over the border and create problems elsewhere, no other country has any business getting involved. Do you recall how many countries came to the side of the Union or the Confederacy when the U.S. had its own civil war? See, that’s what’s happening in these conflicted states now.

After Bush got the U.S. to invade Iraq, using lies to justify his blood-thirsty pursuit of imperialism, he then had to resort to the lame excuse of “humane reasons” because Saddam was such a mean guy, actually killed his own citizens. And the U.S doesn’t kill its own citizens in gas chambers, electrocutions, fatal injections, and firing squads? The “humanitarian” card doesn’t work when it’s an after-thought upon being discovered in a huge and costly lie and cover-up. Bush, Cheeney, Rumsfeld, and many others should be in prison right now for these heinous crimes they committed.

The humanitarian card worked in the ’90’s in Bosnia. The party in power was using “ethnic cleansing” to rid the country of Muslims who were a threat to the power of the secular state. The U.S. provided air cover for UN troops to invade and end a bad situation.

When asked to explain the rationale for the U.S. to join Britain and France in the Libyan invasion, when they clearly did nothing to help the revolutionaries in the other countries like Bahrain, Tunisia, etc, she said it was the “magnitude of the crimes being committed against the citizens”, meaning, there isn’t enough killing going on in those other conflicted countries to meet the criteria for invasion!

Well, if you want magnitude of death, where the hell is the UN with Sudan and the ongoing genocide in the Darfur region? Millions of innocent people beings slaughtered endlessly. Isn’t this qualified as a massive abuse of human rights? Is it because there are not enough natural resources in that region for the UN to bother with? Remember Cheeney said “the oil we hijack from Iraq upon military victory will more than pay for the effort”. By the by, the U.S. has not received one drop of Iraqi oil since they invaded and occupied that country. Have any of you, my readers, ever heard much concrete action being taken in Washington with regards to Darfur? Oh, you hear a politician every now and again decrying the human slaughter taking place there but, has there been a bill, a resolution, a law offered of any kind directing the U.S. to do something about this needless bloodshed? No. I for one, would support a full-out military incursion to the area to help bring an end to this mass scale genocide. But, Washington thinks it’s more important to attack countries that are of no threat to us, have civil wars ongoing that don’t affect us or the world in general, and have bad guys leading them.

The genocide in Darfur is real, it’s huge, and it’s being carried out in the Sudan and Chad so it’s multi-national in scope. If the “chicken hawks in Washington and the Pentagon want to flex their muscles, why not do it for something worthwhile, like ending the mass slaughter of millions of innocent people? Thanks for today’s read, and I’ll look forward to your comments.
Cam Obert

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One Response to “LIBYA…HERE WE GO AGAIN!!!!”

  1. Words from the east Says:

    I’m conflicted on this issue. None of the other countries you mentioned ever attacked innocent American citizens over the years. In 1986, Libyan agents bombed the La Belle discotheque in Berlin, Germany (frequented by Americans) killing two U.S. servicemen. In October 2008, Libya paid $1.5 billion into a fund which will be used to compensate relatives of the:

    1. Lockerbie bombing victims with the remaining 20% of the sum agreed in 2003;
    2. American victims of the 1986 Berlin discotheque bombing;
    3. American victims of the 1989 UTA Flight 772 bombing; and,
    4. Libyan victims of the 1986 US bombing of Tripoli and Benghazi.

    On 24 February 2011, resigned justice minister Mustafa Abdel-Jalil revealed that Muamar Gaddafi personally ordered the Lockerbie bombing which killed 270 people. One hundred ninety of the victims were American. Again, he PERSONALLY ordered the Pan Am plane bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland.

    With pro-democracy movements sweeping across the middle east and north and west Africa — mostly by the youth of these countries — the call is for dictators and despots to go. Families who have stayed in power generation after generation and who have looted their country’s wealth while the citizens lived in poverty are being told the game is up and it’s time for a change and for them to go. When Libyans rose up, Gaddafi turned on his fellow countrymen and gunned them down and vowed to let blood run in the streets and that he will hunt them down, house by house, and kill anyone in the opposition. He brought in mercenaries from neighboring Chad and Niger. Gaddafi has been in power for 42 years and has been grooming his sons to take over when he is gone. Libyans do not want more of the same brutal, repressive dictatorship. This was the same as Saddam in Iraq, Hafez al-Assad, who led Syria for 30 years, groomed his son, Bashar Assad, to take over the presidency (this family has been in power over 40 years), the former King of Jordan, King Hussein, appointed his son, King Abdullah to replace him. This is a kingdom and he is a member of the Hashemite family. King Abdullah quickly fired his cabinet and introduced other reforms, as did the Saud family in Saudi Arabia when countries nearby had grass roots massive demonstrations calling for democracy and reforms. They saw the winds of change blowing over that part of the world and the call for democratically elected governments. Egypt had a more or less peaceful transfer of power. Mubarek and his wife wanted to keep control of that country and amass as much fortune as they could when your average Egyptian was struggling on $2 per day. Bahrain is a monarchy and was ruled by Isa bin Salman al-Khalifa whose son, King Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa rules Bahrain today. His son is already the heir apparent. The Khalifas are Sunni Muslims but the majority of the country is Shiite. That is one of the main conflicts in that country. Tunisians forced the President of Tunisia — Ben Ali — out after mass demonstrations in the streets triggered by the fruit vendor who set himself on fire after harassment by the police force (which turned out to be the spark which set the whole reform movement into play across the middle east and north Africa). For most of its history as an independent state, Tunisia has lacked political freedom and has seen the violation of human rights. Bottom line to all of this is each of these countries has their own problems and what they see as their own solutions. The Libyan opposition, on the other hand, asked for other countries to help them so they wouldn’t be massacred. The other countries mentioned above have not asked for outside forces to help them.

    This admnistration waited until the Arab League and the UN voted for the no fly zone. Obama said our lead will be a matter of days and after that — the allies have to take over.

    My thought is this is a youth movement brought about by social networking and being aware of what is going on around the world and realizing that they don’t have the same rights, freedoms, opportunities, education as so much of the youth in the rest of the world. Youth under 20 years old are the majority (or future) of these countries. In many of these countries — it is a grass roots movement demanding democracy. This is not what happened in Iraq where democracy was bombed into that country and in which hundreds of thousands of innocent lives were lost.

    Also, we have had Bush I and Bush II and there is talk of a Bush III with Jeb. Something to think about…

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