reply to post by AgentC
I googled and favorited some links.
I still feel the Libya intervention was justified because WHAT COULD HAVE HAPPENED. Gaddafi just did not give himself benefit of the doubt. He pushed
us into a corner and we had to choose.
However, this war is part of a larger operation. Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Iran, Russia, Israel, Syria, and so on; all of these are
interconnected in some way to what's going on right now. I just do not have the resources to go through all of it for a broader understanding.
I did not support the Iraq war in 2003 because I did not feel the case was strong enough to justify the consequences. Watching videos of Iraq cities
BEFORE we bombed them is heart-breaking. So many innocent people die and are permanently scarred by war. Pre-emptive war is fought based on WHAT MIGHT
HAPPEN. Even the Libya intervention is partly pre-emptive.
While I did not fully trust the Libyan operation either, I still felt that they were justified in intervening, assuming that what the media was
feeding me is trustworthy. Gaddafi looked, for all its worth, like he was setting out to kill thousands of people. He used harsh words to describe
protesters. Of the media I could find, he looked insane and babbled like he was on drugs. He was clearly a dictator. He passed around his green book
and forced children to read it. It reminds me of Mein Kampf because both were written by their leaders and fed to children.
I had other reasons to trust them. It was not a ground war for us; the only thing they were discussing were airstrikes. The rebels were the primary
force. Without the rebels, support would have shrunk to microscopic levels. Worryingly, the rebels did look a lot more like militants than protesters.
Still, I think that's normal in that part of the world - it's very tribal and religious and torn by war. Another thing is it wasn't a US war. Instead,
France was spearheading the effort and was first to act. The UN got involved too to lend legitimacy. Now, there may be loose ends that could defeat
all of this - for example, perhaps more devious elements in the UN or France or US or UK masqueraded as something they were not to get us into this
But as for how I'll feel in the next few years: no idea. I'm not even sure I'll be alive. Who knows? So I don't want to play that game. But I will
continue to try to learn more about this ugly world.
Here is the post I made in this threat earlier in the year:
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