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.