Monday February 28th, 2011
|The War Party's Atrocity Porn
posted 02/28/2011, 4:45 AM (William Norman Grigg)|
"This is a massacre," the frantic Libyan woman, speaking by telephone while cowering in her apartment in Tripoli, told CNN's Anderson Cooper.
"I hope you know that people around the world are watching and praying and wanting to do something," Anderson told her, as if he were a stage prompter hinting at a performer's next line. Whether or not she had been given a copy of the script, the caller performed as expected: "[T]he first step [is to] make Libya a no-fly zone. If you make Libya a no-fly zone, no more mercenaries can come in.... There needs to be action. How much more waiting, how much more watching, how much more people dying?"
It's entirely possible, perhaps even likely, that the subject of Cooper's interview was simply a terrified but resolute woman who risked her life to describe the violence devouring her country amid the death throes of Khadafi's police state.
It's likewise possible that her call for international action to impose a no-fly zone was a desperate plea from a victim, rather than an act of media ventriloquism in which an anonymous figure endorsed the first plank of a military campaign proposed by the same neo-conservative kriegsbund that manipulated us into Iraq.
Surely it was a coincidence that the "Cry in the Night" from Libya was echoed on the same network a few nights later by Iraq war architect, former World Bank president, and accused war criminal Paul Wolfowitz, who several days prior to Cooper's dramatic broadcast called for a NATO-enforced "no fly zone" over Libya.
In fact, the day following that int... (more)
| War Über Alles
posted 02/28/2011, 4:45 AM (Paul Craig Roberts)|
The United States government cannot get enough of war. With Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s regime falling to a rebelling population, CNN reports that a Pentagon spokesman said that the U.S. is looking at all options from the military side.
Allegedly, the Pentagon, which is responsible for one million dead Iraqis and an unknown number of dead Afghans and Pakistanis, is concerned about the deaths of 1,000 Libyan protesters.
While the Pentagon tr... (more)
|Libyan Soldiers -- They're Just Doing Their Jobs!
posted 02/28/2011, 4:45 AM (Laurence Vance)|
I see that Libyan soldiers are fighting against their own people. But why should we condemn them? They are just following orders. They must obey their superiors. They didn’t ask for this mission. Killing Libyans was not in their job description. They joined the military because they were patriotic. They are serving their country. All criticism toward the soldiers’ actions should be directed at the Libyan government and politicians.
But, but, but . . . what they are doing is wrong!... (more)
|Sanctions against Libya?
posted 02/28/2011, 4:45 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)|
Sanctions huh? Like those against Iraq that kept Saddam in power for a decade and ending up starving and killing multitudes of children? Like those against Cuba that have been central to Castro’s capacity to rally the public against the United States? The history of sanctions doesn’t exactly testify to their capacity to bring down dictators. It does demonstrate that they backfire, helping the state and hurting the people.