I just had a conversation with a group of friends who just returned from Libya and they put the entire situation in a totally new perspective for me.
According to them (2 of which are Libyan by birth and upbringing, having only spent 10-15 years in the US) the "genocide" never took place. They say
there is no evidence, anywhere of thousands being murdered in cold blood. They say that even other citizens of Libya haven't described the situation
as a mass murder, simply a few (hundred) lives lost in a power clash. However, our MSM (including, cnn, msnbc, fox news, and even al-jazeera)
constantly told us that if not stopped Ghadafi would kill any, and everyone who opposed his "iron fisted rule", basically painting him to be the new
Saddam Hussein. This isn't the first time people have told me that the "genocide" didn't happen as it was reported. I've been told multiple times by
people who have visited Libya, and Egypt and Tunisia that the death tolls between Egypt and Libya are not too much different.
This question was also given to me:
If Ghadafi was really murdering everybody, shamelessly, why would Americans still be allowed by America to go to Libya?
A couple of these people are genuine friends of my whom I've known for years now, and would trust their word in a heartbeat, ESPECIALLY over the word
of our gov't.
Another thing they've said was that the reasons for NATO firing on Libya and calling the head of Ghadafi "fair game" are:
1) He's given BILLIONS toward the cause of uniting the continent of Africa under one currency, and giving countries that were colonized the leverage
to break free of their dependence on the backing of French currency. (This is France's reason
2) He sits on a pool of black gold and has no interest in exporting to the US, and I've read in multiple places that
"the United States, the world's largest consumer of oil, does not import any petroleum from Libya."
.. And quite frankly, you saw what
happened to Iraq..
As for Canada, and Italy getting in on it, I'm honestly not sure. Interestingly enough, one of my friends speculated that Canada fell victim to the
false media reports of genocide and is the only country truly there on a humanitarian mission.
Interested to hear anyone's thoughts on the idea.
edit on 19-6-2011 by My.mind.is.mine because: (no reason given)