Another military intervention

Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi (in Dimashq, Syr...

Moammar Gaddafi (Image via Wikipedia)

The West is now at war with Libya, specifically with Madman Moammar’s government. Something about saving people from human rights violations. The French are leading the way.

It’s obvious that Gaddafi (or however you spell it) is a bad guy. Those of us who are old enough know that the Libyan dictator was the Osama bin Laden of the Ronald Reagan presidency. I’ll always remember back in 1986 when the New York Post pulled off its “Gaddafi Goes Daffy” front page pointing to the story with:

The headline: MADMAN MOAMMAR NOW A DRUGGIE DRAG QUEEN. The picture: Gaddafi wearing lipstick, mascara, eyeliner, hoop earrings and a permed, spit-curled, middle-aged woman’s hair style.

It was the perfect piece of libel, because what was Gaddafi going to do about it? Sue?

Everyone saw this week how Gaddafi called for an immediate cease-fire after the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution saying that if he didn’t stop killing his own people, the West was going to step in. And after he called the cease-fire, he proceeded to bomb the hell out of rebels in the eastern part of Libya.

Gaddafi is the kind of guy who will order his thugs to beat up your kid in front of you and at the same time look you right in the face and ask “why is your child so upset?”

He’s a sociopath, and anything bad that happens to him is deserved.

But …

Why is the West really there?

There have been human rights abuses in Somalia, and nothing happened. There was genocide in Rwanda, and it was ignored until it was too late. Serbs were committing all kinds of atrocities in Bosnia, and European powers didn’t respond. Zimbabwe is a basket case in all areas, including human rights, but if there’s been a U.N. call for action, the world has pretty much ignored it.

Let’s see, what other countries would get an outpouring of Western support for military action if the world decided blatant human rights abuses were being committed by their leaders or by outsiders? Might they be: Algeria, Angola, Ecuador, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela?

Well, we are in Iraq. We have been in Kuwait. We hear the drumbeat to go into Iran. And the Libyan action began today.

I wonder what they have in common … besides disrespecting human rights?

3 thoughts on “Another military intervention

  1. Your observations are timely and another version of Lord Palmerston’s aphorism about there being no friends in politics – only interests. Even Ronald Reagan in a rare moment of lucid thought, pointed out that politics while being supposedly the second oldest profession bore an uncanny resemblance to the first. Without Oil Libya would have been doomed to be conveniently forgotten, because true aid is all too often a figment of the imagination in many speeches to the United Nations.

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