Thursday, March 10, 2011
US Libya war next? Enough is enough!
Civil war blurs the outline of
Libya’s future, while the weighs its options on the role it should play in the chaos. Some war-loving politicians have been pushing for establishing “a no-fly zone”. This means bombing Libyan air defense systems, runways and shooting down Libyan aircraft – an aerial invasion – something most Americans don’t realize, and most Libyans don’t want. US
People in the entire region remember what happened with the no-fly zone in
. Hundreds of civilians were killed by the enforcement of that no-fly zone. That hasn’t changed,” said Phyllis Bennis, Director of the New Internationalism Project at IPS in Iraq . Washington, DC
Some high-ranking officials have taken it so far as to joke about an attack on the African country. But is
Libya any of ’s business? And why not let the Arab world fend for itself? America
“There is absolutely no possible justification for the
U.S. or even the EU to get involved in . There is nothing in their charters, nothing that would justify. It’s a civil war, in a different country, in which the details are very murky,” said journalist and historian Nebojsa Malic. Libya
be a hop, skip and a jump away from another war? The White House is now saying it will wait for the UN to lead the way in dealing with America . But with a habit of getting knee-deep into other nations’ affairs, will Libya be able to resist the temptation? America
“This could be a re-run of
. This could be a re-run of humanitarian imperialism, and very, very dangerous. There is nothing for the West to do in Iraq ,” said Asia Times correspondent Pepe Escobar. Libya
Despite warning signs flashing, some experts believe history is about to repeat itself.
Iraq and Afghanistan, they warn, sucked the much further into war than first anticipated. U.S.
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing twice and expecting different results. In the case of the
it would be doing the same thing dozens and dozens of times and trying to get different results. The U.S. has not won a war decisively since the end of World War II”, said editorial columnist Ted Rall. U.S.
Upholding human rights and establishing democracy have often been pretenses for
’s invasions. America
Officially, these are also the main concerns for
, but the underlying reality is said to be very different. Libya
“This is about oil. And if the
could go in militarily, and claim to be going only for humanitarian purposes, the American people will buy it,” explained media critic Danny Schechter. U.S.
Some also see hypocrisy in the calls for humanitarian intervention.
“Nobody brought this up during
Rwanda, but of course didn’t have oil,” said Rall. Rwanda
With two other American wars being fought in the Muslim world, death tolls continue to rise. Apart from the human cost, the
is running up a huge warfare tab. U.S.
“Considering the fact that we have 54 percent of federal tax dollars going into defense and into the destruction of
Iraq and – you have to really wonder how crazy this country is,” said Rall. Afghanistan
Questions have also been raising regarding the lack of will from the American people to foot the bill.
“Both the Europeans and the Americans are facing huge budget deficits, military overstretch. It’s going to be very hard to explain to the people why they can’t have their pensions, and why they are losing their jobs, but there is enough money to throw away on a military intervention in a country that’s far away and is minding its own business,” said Malic.
For now the
seems to be taking a wait and see approach hoping the United Nations will lead the way. But with the US US unsanctioned invasion of Iraq fresh in mind, many fear, if support within the international community is not found, the would act regardless. US
Former Reagan administration official Paul Craig Roberts said
is a test of the Egyptian revolution. Libya
“One would think that if
has really had a revolution they would come to the aid of their fellow revolutionaries,” he remarked. Egypt
In the past 24 hours, there has been a shift in
, with government forces strongly pushing back against protestors. Libya
It is unlikely the
or others would enter unilaterally. However, with the permission or organization of the UN or NATO intervention by the US US or European powers like is possible. France
In addition, Most Americans have no desire to get involved in further international conflicts and support decreasing
expenditures overseas in defense programs. US
“I don’t think the Libyans want to be liberated by the Americans,” Roberts said.
He explained the people of
Libya want to gain their own independence through revolution and could most benefit from fellow revolutionaries in neighboring states – like . Egypt