NATO Bombs Making Gaddafi More Popular

It has been 114 days since NATO forces set out to impose a NO-FLY zone over Libya. It has been 112 days since NATO accomplished this mission.

Yet the bombs still drop. And with every new casualty comes a small victory for Gaddafi and his thugs.

“NATO’s bombing of Libyan civilians” says one young Libyan woman (via Peacebuilder Franklin Lamb) has caused Gaddafi’s popularity to skyrocket among our proud and nationalist tribal people. I am one example of this. Yes, of course we can use some new blood and long overdue reform in our government.  Which country cannot?  But first we must defeat the NATO invaders.”

Even France – the country that led the attacks on Libya back in March – has grown tired of the bombings, as Defense Minister Gerard Longuet recently stated that it is time for Gaddafi loyalists and Libyan rebels “to sit around a table to reach a political compromise” because, he said, “there was no solution with force.”

It is time for the war in Libya to stop.

More importantly, it is time for more of us to recognize what is going on underneath the surface: the military industrial complex was given the tiniest pretense for an armed engagement, and they pushing that envelope as far and wide as possible.

The war machine won’t stop on its own. It is up to everyone else to stop it. We need to pull back the reins and make peace happen.

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