posted on Mar, 22 2011 @ 06:12 PM
This a bold display of China and Russia trying to play both sides against the middle. Moreover, it is a weasel move. They could have voted up or down
on the resolution. Yet, they refused, and now it is time to contest the resolution after it has passed? The dynamic duo strikes again! It is really
quite tiresome how those two nations are conducting themselves. Just pouring on the controversy for the sake of headlines. I would not put much stock
into a Chinese frigate heading to Mediterranean waters or Russia and China moaning about this UN Resolution.
As far as this latest military engagement goes, I have been opposed to any international intervention when the protests began and Gaddafi started
assaulting the rebels, and especially the involvement of the US. Personally, I feel the US has its hands full with Afghanistan, and the wind down in
Iraq. Furthermore, the situation in Libya appears to be more than civil protests for basic human rights, access to employment, food shortages and
price hikes, ect., but down right civil war. We all know civil war can get messy, and often times it is hard to distinguish who is friend or foe? I
hope this engagement does not turn into a ground campaign, because it would be another unnecessary expenditure, and misuse of military assets which
could be used elsewhere. Just recently, US forces have been accused of firing on Libyan villagers in an effort to extract downed pilots.
Marines 'opened fire
on villagers' in mission to rescue crash crew
United States Africa Command has confirmed a US F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jet crashed in Libya and the two crew members were rescued.
But a US spokesman "100%" denied any civilians were injured by US weapons fire in the rescue operation.
Reporter Lindsey Hilsum, at the scene of the crash, said the US helicopter came in and opened fire on Monday night, local time, as villagers were
handing over one of the downed pilots to local rebel forces.
A man described as a military policeman, Omar Sayd, told the reporter: "We are disturbed about the shooting because if they had given us a chance we
would have handed over both pilots."
Gaddafi is a bad man and will do anything when he is back into the corner, but this campaign ought to be a Libyan one. Perhaps, covert assistance
would be warranted like Afghanistan during the eighties or a modest support role being given to the Libyan resistance fighters. There have been
downright genocides that have gone on with little to no UN support like Rwanda in the nineties, and now Dafur. What makes Libya any different?
Moreover, he has made significant strides to smooth things over with the west. Gaddafi has essentially denounced foreign terrorism and has dismantled
his secret nuclear program over the years. There is more to this than a madman attacking his people, because there have been numerous occasions of
leaders viciously assaulting their people to stamp out civil unrest and rebellions. Again I say, how is this different than other occasions?
No use complaining about it now, because the resolution passed. There is now a foreign military force conducting efforts to install a no-fly zone over
Libyan airspace. I never had a medium to voice my concerns, but Russia and China did. They even had a yes or no vote in the UN Security Council, but
choose to abstain from it all together. Therefore, we should throw what they are saying in the trash because it is nothing more than hyperbolic
rhetoric by those who continue to live in glass houses.
edit on 22-3-2011 by Jakes51 because: (no reason given)