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Originally posted by SmedleyBurlap
reply to post by JerryB08
I know you are probably not going to respond favourably to this, but here goes!
Any leader who fights back against rebels is killing 'his own people.' What should he do? Let trouble makers tear his country apart and leave it in anarchy, like Egypt? He has a patriotic and personal duty to the people of Libya, to maintain order and ensure prosperity. Russia Today reports that there were no airstrikes. Who, then, was bombing the country's oil and water pipelines?
The leader of Libya hates the West for far better reasons than that. He hates the West because Italy, for decades, kept his people subjugated and denied them equality, rights or a share in the wealth of their own nation. He hates the West because NATO is a coalition of imperialist powers that never gave up trying to control the world's resources, and never stopped trying to oust him. He hates the West because they sat their ships of his coast and armed the rebels in his country, waiting for their chance to strike.
The reports from Gaddhafi himself are that al Qaeda instigated this revolt; students WERE being drugged, possibly with something to make them aggressive (that would be useful, perhaps PCP?); the rebels began installed an 'Islamic emirate' in the east of the country and imposing harsh sharia law. Gaddafi, like Saddam, like all strong leaders in the M-E, has absolutely no interest in siding with a gang of international terrorists and vagabonds like al-Qaeda. They threaten to replace his progressive, nationalist regime with a repressive theological one. Nobody should be cheering that.
Do any of you uncritical critics know what distinguished the Libyan revolt from the Egyptian revolution? Massive counter-protests came out in support of Gaddafi. He is a national hero.
It seems that we don't really need disinfo agents to obfuscate things. So many people are willing to demand blood even when they haven't done the most cursory review of the situation and the information readily available in the journalistic media!
Libya's current oil production is, according to your chart, almost equal to Iraq. Do you know how many proven reserves Libya has vs. other nations?
Originally posted by CanadianDream420
U.S. hints at Libya airstrikes as Gadhafi pounds rebels
Whether Obama does or doesn't.. He will be HIGHLY critisized. Poor guy.
Originally posted by TinfoilTP
reply to post by James1982
Ok the US under Obama has not lead on this issue. This is evidence that Europe is handtied and utterly useless in taking on a leadership role in millitary interventions. Europe are the ones who will feel the economic punch of Kaddafi's oil off the market. If Europe won't act in their own interests with a giant humanitarian banner begging to be taken up for the cause, then that leaves only the US to still take on a leadership role to get them to follow along.
Only now when Obama has reversed and asked for not only a fly zone but wiping out ground forces also, is there movement to take action. Like it or not, nothing happens without US leadership, Libya will go down as a prime historical example. The problem for the rebels is there won't be any left by the time the first US bomb is dropped.