As I write this, Uk and US forces are attacking Gaddaffi's positions in Libya.
The UN has passed a resolution to stop Gaddaffi from killing the civilians who want him deposed.
I will edit this with news footage if I can.
The Libyans have made it clear that they don't want the Ukk, or the US , or anyone else to invade Libya and take out Gaddaffi for them, thank you. They have asked the international community to tackle his airforce though.
And that brings up the question of foriegn intervention.
The fact is that the USA is not welcome in Iraq these days, even after bringing down Saddam.
So, why not, you may ask ?
the answer is that wherever the US army goes, the corporate interests are not far behind.
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Sorry it took up so much space, but that is what we have to avoid.
As far as possible, we, the western powers, should get in , get out and leave the Libyans to run their own country from then on - not use it to secure our own business interests.
if the Libyan rebels want International airstrikes, and a no fly zone so they can nail gaddaffi, then lets do it. but let's not expect them to sell us cheap oil, or accept a western puppet government in return. Just because you take a woman out to dinner, that doesn't mean she owes you anything in return. Either we believe in self determination , freedom and democracy and all that stuff or we don't.
And if we really believe in that stuff, we should be going after military dictators everywhere, not just places that have lots of oil. we should be taking the situation in dafur to the floor in the UN, we should be resolved to stop trading with places like China till they clean up their record and get their act together on humna Rights. And even someone like me, who isn't a professional pundit, has noticed that we don't!
What we need to see in Libya is a Democratic Government to emerge. Whether the rebel forces can sit down after deposing Gaddaffi and form a proper government, or will split up into warring tribal factions remains to be seen. but at least let it be said that this time, we dd the right thing . Let it be said that we helped the Libyans on the terms they wanted, and not the terms that suited us. above all , let it be said that our intervention actually made an improvement possible, and that they had every chance to make a better life for themselves when it was over, if it ever gets that far.
What we have to avoid is doing what we did in Afghanistan and Iraq all over again. We cannot go about building nations for other people. We, the westen powers, handed Germany back to the Germans after deposing Hitler, and I hope that we can hand back Libya to the Libyans once they oust Gaddaffi.