Posts Tagged ‘Libya’

NATO Bombs Making Gaddafi More Popular

Monday, July 11th, 2011

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.

Kucinich: End Illegal War in Libya NOW

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

(Watch out, Military Industrial Complex, there’s a new Sheriff in town.)

Congressman Dennis Kucinich has sponsored legislation that will end US military involvement in Libya on the grounds that it is illegal, unwinnable, and far too expensive. Congressman Kucinich makes some excellent points:

This war is misguided. An invasion would be a disaster. Nato already is out of control, using a UN mandate allowing for protection of civilians as the flimsy pretext for an unauthorised mission of regime change through massive violence. In a just world, the Nato commander would be held responsible for any violations of international law.

The US Congress must act to cut off funds for the war because there is no military solution in Libya. Serious negotiations for a political solution must begin to end the violence and create an environment for peace negotiations to fulfil the legitimate, democratic aspirations of the people. A political solution will become viable when the opposition understands that regime change is the privilege of the Libyan people, not of Nato.

Starting an armed conflict? That’s the easy part. Stopping the armed conflict? That seems to be much harder. All of these US-led wars – Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen – were begun with such ease, only to drag on in perpetuity.

But that’s all by design. The longer the wars drag on, the more profits can be made by a handful of people.

Modern warfare is predominantly manufactured. The rationales that we’re given – like freedom, terrorism or saving civilians – are used to distract us from the real reasons for war: securing US corporate interests on foreign soil and channeling billions of taxpayer dollars into those juicy defense contracts.

Fortunately this fact – that most war in the world today is unnaturally forced upon us – is coming to light. The more aware we become, the better equipped we will be to dismantle the military industrial complex. Earths major wars will soon come to an end as humankind stands up to the entities that create and perpetuate institutionalized violence.

NATO Admits Killing Babies

Monday, June 20th, 2011

(Warning: Video contains graphic imagery.)

Well, bad news if you wholeheartedly support the US-led armed conflict in Libya, because now you have to rationalize the death of two more babies. Yes, sadly two infants were amongst the nine killed in an air strike on a Tripoli suburb.

So, war-supporters, tell us how you can justify their deaths. The old omelet/broken egg line? Are they just casualties of war? Maybe you can somehow blame Gaddafi or Muslims or something other than the forces directly responsible.

Or perhaps you just don’t give a shit, seeing as these babies weren’t white and weren’t from your country, just like other 800 other people who’ve been torn to pieces since the air attacks began three months ago.

I tell you what, even if you don’t care and can somehow flip the thoughts in your head to lend support to a campaign that kills babies, I DO CARE. Just like a growing percentage of the world’s people.

Pretty soon, there will be enough people so sick of war that we will rise up against the military industrial complex and dismantle it forever. Then, all you unwavering war-mongers will need to find some other way to satisfy your blood-lust. A video game, perhaps?

 

Dropping Bombs No Longer Deemed Hostile Act

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

By law, the United States President needs congressional approval to go to war. Yet no such approval was sought prior to bombing Libya. Now, should the bombing campaign continue, the Commander in Chief might find himself to be breaking the law.

To get around the tiresome trivialities of constitutional law, the Obama administration has drummed up in-house lawyers willing to argue that a bomb dropped from a drone is not ‘hostile’.

Talk about Orwellian doublespeak. Don’t they know that bombs explode the same regardless of whether the pilot is in the cockpit or perched in front of a computer screen?

In a semi-ironic twist, the Pentagon recently announced that computer hacking can be considered an act of war.

This means it is no longer a hostile act to slaughter Libyan families from across the ocean via computer, but if someone hacks into that computer to prevent further atrocities, that would be the act of aggression.

Absolutely absurd! It just goes to show how ridiculous the arguments surrounding institutionalized war can be.

It’s almost as silly as a Nobel Peace Laureate having to use lawyer-speak to weasel his way into perpetuating another armed conflict. But it’s not quite as inane as the utter lack of dissent coming from the left – dissent that would be coming in droves were Obama a republican.

Canadian MP’s Vote to Extend Libya Air Bombing

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

(Yea, it looks cool, but that doesn’t make it right.)

Members of Canadian Parliament voted 294-1 to extend the military mission in Libya. What a disappointment. The one and only member willing to stand against the war was Elizabeth May from the Green Party.

Taking action to increase profits for the war machine is to be expected from the Conservative Party. And the Liberals went off track years ago, which is why they got the boot last election.

But even the NDP??? Every single one of them voted to continue drone strikes on Libyan soil? Shame.

The longer this war drags on, the deeper NATO forces will be digging themselves in, which, non-coincidentally, is exactly what the war-profiteers want.

But it’s not what Canadians want… at least not this one. There has got to be better ways to help the people of Libya besides dropping bombs on them.

Libyan Mission Creeps Onward

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

NATO officially extended their intervention in Libya by another 90 days. Big surprise. What’s next… a person with a hammer decides some nails need to be hit?

Seriously, the war machine will happily stay in Libya for as long as they can. It’s not about about removing a dictator or protecting civilians. The military industrial complex is primarily concerned with prolonging the fighting for as long as possible, so that those sweet, sweet war-profits keep rolling on in.

As long as the US and their allies have enough support, as long as the voice of opposition remains sufficiently quiet, the Libyan campaign will continue unabated, just like Iraq and just like Afghanistan.

The onus lies with the Americans and people of the world to stand up and say “Enough with the wars, already!” For as long as the responsibility is shirked, a peaceful planet will elude us.

Fortunately, standing up to injustice is precisely what the world is starting to do. A great awakening is taking place, and a new, interconnected world is emerging. From our new levels of self-awareness, we’ll see the whole planet as a big family, and we’ll recognized that the wars we fight are only hurting ourselves.

As we approach this day, the collective voice opposing wars will continue to grow louder and louder. Open-ended wars will be closed. Military budgets will be reduced. Peace will continue to prove itself the most practical path for humankind to pursue.

Lies Lead Into Libya

Friday, April 15th, 2011

(‘So it’s settled then. You’ll be the villainous thug and I’ll be the heroic savior, and we split the profits down the middle.’)

The military industrial complex is a formidable entity that exercises fiendish methods to get what it wants. And what it wants is war, and more of it. No matter who is fighting, or where, or for what, as long as armed conflict is being waged, war-profits will coming rolling in.

With trillions of dollars floating around the defense industry, there’s billions in profits to be made, so the war mongers can’t just sit around and wait for more war to erupt on its own. They need to stir the pot and hope that some kind of violence will erupt.

And this is precisely what seems to have happened in Libya – a long, drawn out conflict with muddled objectives and no clear end in sight.

A recent Human Rights Watch report leads critics to surmise that the pretense for intervention was grossly overstated. The justification for erecting a no-fly zone was to prevent a slaughter in Benghazi. Yet, when Gaddafi forces entered other large cities, there was no massacre. This suggests that no such brutality would have been imposed on the citizens of Benghazi, outside of the rebel forces.

Then, if you consider the alarming fact that a leader of the Libyan rebellion is a CIA operative, the motivations behind the intervention become evident: Libya is the new Iraq.

Or at least it will be, unless there’s a loud enough uproar from the general population. This is why it is so imperative that we voice our discontent to the establishment now.

Say no to escalation in Libya! Stand against war. Let it be known that we will not idly tolerate any more senseless deaths or the squandering of precious treasure.

VIDEO: World in Turmoil

Friday, April 8th, 2011

There’s radioactive earthquakes rocking Japan while Tomahawk’s launch for Libya’s liberation. Bee colonies have been collapsing, fish stocks are dwindling and we’re running out of oil and fresh water. The earth’s climate is changing, 1/5th of the world starves to death while the super-rich grow even richer, and everyday we find brand new ways to annihilate ourselves completely.

And if that’s not enough negativity for you, the 24-hour fear-mongering news stations will fill in the gaps with a never ending supply of things to be afraid of. Except, of course, for the really scary stuff, like how our democracy is being eroded, giant corporations are robbing us while politicians take their cut, and the system that is supposed to be protecting us has gradually been enslaving us.

Paraphrasing a quote by David Suzuki, it’s like we’re ALL in a car that is speeding towards a cliff, and we’re too busy arguing about who sits where.

But get this. The reality is that we have already flown right over the edge, beyond the point of no return. Right now, humankind is hurdling through the air.

But don’t fret. As the vehicle were in comes careening down towards a catastrophic end, our species will gain the ability to fly.

Humankind is coming together like never before, and when we humans work together, especially on a global scale, there is very little we can’t do.

On top of this, the whole body of human knowledge is expanding faster than ever before, opening new doors and unforeseen powers. It won’t be long until we have the means to meet the basic needs of every human. And, with our growing solidarity, we’ll soon have a level of cooperation sophisticated enough to dismantle the world’s defense industry and forever end large scale wars.

While the future doesn’t hold some techno-utopia for us, it will be awesome nonetheless.

Don’t let today’s world stress you out. Try to remember how, on the universal scale, humans are still so very young. These bumps and hurdles we experience are signs we are maturing, and the pain we feel can be thought of as the cost of progress.

Human beings are amazing, and we’re set to do some incredible things. We will persevere through the plethora of problems plaguing our planet. Believe it.

A World in Turmoil

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

There’s radioactive earthquakes rocking Japan while Tomahawk’s launch for Libya’s liberation. Bee colonies have been collapsing, fish stocks are dwindling and we’re running out of oil and fresh water. The earth’s climate is changing, 1/5th of the world starves to death while the super-rich grow even richer, and everyday we find brand new ways to annihilate ourselves completely.

And if that’s not enough negativity for you, the 24-hour fear-mongering news stations will fill in the gaps with a never ending supply of things to be afraid of. Except, of course, for the really scary stuff, like how our democracy is being eroded, giant corporations are robbing us while politicians take their cut, and the system that is supposed to be protecting us has gradually been enslaving us.

Paraphrasing a quote by David Suzuki, it’s like we’re all in a car that is speeding towards a cliff, and we’re too busy arguing about who sits where.

But get this. The reality is that we have already flown right over the edge, beyond the point of no return. Right now, humankind is hurdling through the air.

But don’t fret. As the vehicle were in comes careening down towards a catastrophic end, our species will gain the ability to fly.

Humankind is coming together like never before, and when we humans work together, especially on a global scale, there is very little we can’t do.

On top of this, the whole body of human knowledge is expanding faster than ever before, opening new doors and unforeseen powers. It won’t be long until we have the means to meet the basic needs of every human. And, with our growing solidarity, we’ll soon have a level of cooperation sophisticated enough to dismantle the world’s defense industry and forever end large scale wars.

While the future doesn’t hold some techno-utopia for us, it will be awesome nonetheless.

Don’t let today’s world stress you out. Try to remember how, on the universal scale, humans are still so very young. These bumps and hurdles we experience are signs we are maturing, and the pain we feel can be thought of as the cost of progress.

Human beings are amazing, and we’re set to do some incredible things. We will persevere through the plethora of problems plaguing our planet. Believe it.

Saying No to Escalation in Libya

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

There’s been an uproar in the blogosphere about strictly limiting the scope of the intervention in Libya. And by uproar, I mean yesterday’s post on this very blog.

The piece is written with a sense of urgency, as I’d only just recognized the foul stench of the military complex trying to sink its corrupt claws deeper into Libyan soil. The gist of post was states how we need yank back on the war machine’s leash right now, because if we don’t, we might find ourselves wondering how to get out of Libya a decade from now.

But let me expand upon these thoughts.

Speaking out against escalation in Libya doesn’t mean abandoning support for the innocent civilians. There is no doubt that preventing a massacre is indeed a high priority, but this bid to save lives should not provide the pretense for another long, drawn out war.

And, considering how another years-long, blood-soaked money pit is precisely what the war industry desires most, we would do well to make sure this newest armed conflict doesn’t run away on us.

So that’s why we should say no to escalation right now – to strike a preemptive blow against an entity that will take a mile when given an inch.