Hey look, the war machine is at it again!

(War… what is it good for? Transferring billions of taxpayer dollars into the pockets of a handful of people and perpetuating an unjust system of exploitation around the globe, uh-huh yeah!)

A week ago today, the United Nations security council voted to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya. It sounded like a good idea at the time. Finally some welcome help for all of the protesters being massacred in the Middle East. No more flying overhead means no more Libyan warplanes bombing civilians, right?

But installing a no-fly zone means securing enemy anti-aircraft positions. And that takes offensive action, meaning civilians will be killed in the bid to protect civilians.

US military brass must have been delighted when France opted to initiate the battle, giving the US the opportunity to enact a strategy that was perhaps planned months in advance.

Journalists have been criticized for failing to ask enough questions in the lead up to the Iraq war. So many justifications for the invasion – weapons of mass destruction, 9/11 links – turned out to be false.

For this latest military endeavor in Libya, there wasn’t even time for debate. They just up and started another open-ended conflict! Out of no where, missiles were flying, and we find ourselves where we are today – on the brink of another potentially disastrous quagmire.

Gaddafi sure makes a great villain, doesn’t he? Despite all the military muscle being thrown at him, just watch. Somehow the evil dictator will magically stay alive to serve as the head of another monster the world’s military can protect us from.

Don’t doubt for a second that the war-profiteers won’t escalate this conflict as far and as fast as they can. Military spokespeople are claiming ground troops will not be deployed, but that doesn’t matter. For security’s sake, they wouldn’t announce an occupation until it had already begun.

We cannot let the military industrial complex do it to us again. Yank back on the war machine’s leash before it’s too late. Sound the drumbeats of peace now. Say no to escalation in Libya!

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