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Until lions tell their tale, the story of the hunt will always glorify the hunter
– African Proverb
Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will
– Frederick Douglass
The most pathetic thing is for a slave who doesn't know that he is a slave
– Malcolm X
Every man is rich in excuses to safeguard his prejudices, his instincts, and his opinions.
– Ancient Egypt
Cowardice asks the question: is it safe? Expediency asks the question: is it political? Vanity asks the question: is it popular? But conscience asks the question: is it right.
– Dr. Martin L. King, Jr
What kind of world do we live in when the views of the oppressed are expressed at the convenience of their oppressors?
– Owen 'Alik Shahadah
We are not Africans because we are born in Africa, we are Africans because Africa is born in us.
– Chester Higgins Jr.
Leave no brother or sister behind the enemy line of poverty.
– Harriet Tubman
If we stand tall it is because we stand on the shoulders of many ancestors.
– African Proverb
If we do not stop oppression when it is a seed, it will be very hard to stop when it is a tree.
– ' Alik Shahadah
If the future doesn't come toward you, you have to go fetch it
– Zulu Proverb
Written as events happened
have you seen any help from the West? Who was Mobutu Sese Seko to America? Were they worried about "the people" when that tyrant ruled for 32 years? The only question is why, with the joy of hindsight, would people keep falling for these tricks in 2011. Let us look at oil nations such as Nigeria, UAE, now Southern Sudan, Saudi; all in Western hands in some way shape our form. We see the gulf states under radical economic diversification policies because they all know "the oil is drying up." The super-industrialized nations need more than anyone else. So do the math and there is only one solution for their oil lust.
The real story is that the Pentagon's military adventurism in Iraq and Afghanistan -- never mind Somalia, Congo, Ethiopia, Libya, Rwanda or any of the other sites of U.S. covert operations -- has cost U.S. taxpayers more than $1,228,000,000,000 since 2001, and the ticker is ticking, and the United States economy and all social services are in collapse. 
And where and who does this Libyan wealth get sent to? The West off course. And they probably find two of their cousin's Western charities and say "We donated the money to the humanitarian rebuilding of Libya." They didn't mention they created half the destruction that they are now paying themselves to rebuild. You see American mathematical logic is "we are protecting 400 civilians by starting a war that kills 4000."
Libya alone has about $30 billion in the US invested in private equity firms and investment banks like Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase. It also has a 7.6 percent stake in Italy's largest bank, UniCredit (5% via its Central Bank and 2.6% via the Libyan Investment Authority. What happened to the Iraqi money? The West has always hidden in the flaws of human short term memory. We forget to ask, the questions, but It is imperative to understand that these strikes are motivated by greed and opportunity to loot Libyan people's money like they did with Iraqi money to fix their ailing companies and economy.
The one thing that is coming out of this mess is it is beating the bush and exposing the intricate interwoven brotherhood between all the institutions of Europe: 4Ms - Media, merchant, Military and the Missionary.
Eurocentricity works by establishing a standard that the world is suppose to agree to, despite not profiting from it or even being part of its process. And this ICC, Interpol, IMF, weak US dollar, dying British pound, etc, they only have power if we (the oppressed people) believe in them. The minute we stop recognizing these structures the minute the fall to dust. Arrest warrant? The cheek. We the people of the Earth issue a warrant for the war criminal G Bush and all those Israeli, British and French people calling themselves Politicians.
If Gaddafi has access to history books we pray he reads what happened to the last leader the West wanted dead and gone. Regardless of the blanket cover of selective "human rights" dead or Gone is how this will end and they are not picky about the order. Like a scene from the Godfather, America is settling an old score with all of its adversaries - real or imagined.
Guess Who He Saw Doing the Killing
Taken from Afro: Former U.S. Congressman Walter Fauntroy, who recently returned from a self-sanctioned peace mission to Libya, said he went into hiding for about a month in Libya after witnessing horrifying events in Libya's bloody civil war -- a war that Fauntroy claims is backed by European forces.
Imagine what would have happened in the UK if when the riots broke out, all of Africa got together and started supplying the thugs with weapons and air support? Tactical advice and full media propaganda. Do you think UK would have been able to deal with it? But the UK was able to berealatively non-violent because it is a country that has an immense police force and no one had an outside interest trying to turn a mob into a new parliament.
ARAB RACISM - KILLING AFRICANS
The Headlines should read: NATO support Racist anti-African regimes in Libya. But why the soft words now Africans are being killed? And the sickness of it is some reporters are justifying it. "Well they were part of the pro-Gaddafi forces."
David Kirkpatrick writes | TRIPOLI, Libya — As rebel leaders pleaded with their fighters to avoid taking revenge against “brother Libyans,” many rebels were turning their wrath against migrants from sub-Saharan Africa, imprisoning hundreds for the crime of fighting as “mercenaries” for Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi without any evidence except the color of their skin. Many witnesses have said that when Colonel Qaddafi first lost control of Tripoli in the earliest days of the revolt, experienced units of dark-skinned fighters apparently from other African countries arrived in the city to help subdue it again. Since Western journalists began arriving in the city a few days later, however, they have found no evidence of such foreign mercenaries. Still, in a country with a long history of racist violence, it has become an article of faith among supporters of the Libyan rebels that African mercenaries pervaded the loyalists’ ranks. And since Colonel Qaddafi’s fall from power, the hunting down of people suspected of being mercenaries has become a major preoccupation.
Human rights advocates say the rebels’ scapegoating of Africans here follows a similar campaign that ultimately included lynchings after rebels took control of the eastern city of Benghazi more than six months ago. The recent roundup of Africans, though, comes at a delicate moment when the new provisional government is trying to establish its credibility. Its treatment of the detainees is emerging as a pivotal test of both the provisional government’s commitment to the rule of law and its ability to control its thousands of loosely organized fighters. And it is also hoping to entice back the thousands of foreign workers needed to help Libya rebuild.
NATO ( NORTH ATLANTIC TERRORIST ORGANISATION ) attack Gadaffi's TV station - how is this TV station a threat to the people? Was he showing re-runs of the Jefferson? NATO with every day is being caught out in their full face lies. Maybe they destroyed it so that the first infantry- Media. could not backfire and give them their much need media supremacy. They already paid off Al-Jazerra.
08-08-2011 UPDATE: All across the UK, the people are expressing rebellion to the government. Is this not similar to what happened in Libya? By their own words? So wait a minute, does this mean we in Africa should send troops to these "rebels" to help their voice be heard? Now the UK police say they are opportunistic copycat vandalism. Maybe that is true, but isn't that what Gadaffi said about the protest when they first started. Now if we put a leader in place in London and give them so status, it goes from the mob to a new U.K. government. It is only a matter of perspective. Same situation but different spin.
nor any massacres, during the months that NATO had claimed as a reason for it launching the now more than 3 month long non-stop bombing of Libya.1.7 million people, or around 95% of the population of Tripoli, one third of the entire population of Libya, have turned out in perhaps the largest demonstration ever in world history last Friday, to demand an end to the NATO bombings of Libya. Read More
HISTORY REPEATS WHAT WORKS
Back then it was trade routes (crusades), today it is oil . Arab nations historically, like the USSR of old, are themselves the result of imperialistic, and we all know the one thing imperialist hate, is other imperialist.
At the flick of a switch America would turn off the $1 billion dollar USAID, get Black Hawk Down director Ridley Scott to make a film on them and then say Ethiopia is planning to go nuclear... oh and Ethiopia is being over run by radical Islamist (aka Non-Western sanctioned Muslims).
But while the bombs are dropping another softer war is being fought by the so-called "caring" "humanity" institutes in Europe. Million dollar institutions set up to seduce African opinions and monitor revolution. All of them are part of the same campaign to create cuddly African intellectuals. The tools are B.S. conferences and social events aimed at weakening the last of the African resistance: Politics of dilution until nothing is left. Wannabe Africans impressed with finger food and high brow guest list of ex-colonial officials and recovering rock stars, are easily seduced into acquiescence.
You can impose burqa all day long as long as you creating jobs in USA. You can have Shariah until the cows come home as long as you have an American base. You can be a dictator for eternity as long as you are a defender of Israel. You can trample human rights daily as long as your economy is receptive to American products and services. Do not be fooled at what these "politics" are all about.
I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.—Smedley D. Butler
LIKE A HOLLYWOOD SCRIPT
So word on the street is if you are planning to have be a career terrorist make sure you have good links to Al-Qaeda® on your C.V.
What the world needs to know is that there is not much difference between Al-Qaeda®, Santa Claus and the Tooth fairy. All are largely figments of Western imagination. One rooted in Fear, and the others in consumerism. And the same way Santa Claus gets around the world in just one day, every terrorist event on planet Earth is via the omnipresent agency of Al-Qaeda® and their ominous "Network of Terror." Al-Qaeda® is the face of evil for public conviencience. Can you imagine how hard it would be for news groups and American foreign policy to come back everyday with a new "terrorist" cell made up of 2-4 people? People would get confused. So create one big ugly boogie man and give him a name that American can brand.
If we collated every report on Al-Qaeda® they would probably the largest military organization after NATO on the planet. They just seem to be everywhere (according to US state department). You look under a rock and there they are. You would think Al-Qaeda would have an official website by now. If Al-Qaeda was collecting royalties for all the credit they get for terrorism they would be able to buy Google inc. by now.
TWO STANDARDS, SAME TIME
punishing taxes on Chinese imports and forbids Chinese corporations from purchasing American companies — the case in which the U.S. government blocked Huawei's proposed investment is a good example. It has to be also noted that the US became the first country in the world to recognise the claims of the racist King Leopold II of the Belgians to the territories of the Congo Basin. When the atrocities related to brutal economic exploitation in Leopold's Congo Free State resulted in millions of dead Africans, the US (strategically) joined other world powers to force Belgium to take over the country as a regular colony. And it was during the colonial period that the US acquired a strategic stake in the enormous natural wealth of the Congo, following its use of the uranium from Congolese mines to manufacture the first atomic weapons - the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs. " [it] was inevitable that the US and its western allies would not be prepared to let Africans have effective control over strategic raw materials, lest these fall in the hands of their enemies in the Soviet camp. It is in this regard that Patrice Lumumba's determination to achieve genuine independence and to have full control over Congo's resources in order to utilise them to improve the living conditions of our people was perceived as a threat to western interests."-Nzongola-Ntalaja
From 1819, Panama was part of Colombia but when Colombia rejected United States plans to build a canal across the Isthmus of Panama, the U.S. supported/created (it is a matter of perspective) a revolution that led to the independence of Panama in 1903. The new Panamanian government authorized French businessman Philippe Bunau-Varilla, to negotiate a treaty with the United States. And guess what? The Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty allowed the U.S. to build the Panama Canal and provided for perpetual control of a zone five-miles wide on either side of the canal. WOW! Never say no to the USA, because they always get what they want. In the case of Panama, a picture perfect tidy little strip to build their little canal in someone else's country.
Now when America wanted to trade with Japan, did Japan have the right to refuse? The Convention of Kanagawa was forced upon the Japanese. Now moving a few decades down the line when American automotive industry was being dominated by Asian imported cars what did America do to protect its local industry?
The question does America have the moral (historical or contemporary) qualification to be the police of the Earth? What in America's C.V. allows this self-appointed parent role in global affairs? Is America with X% African-Americans on the breadline, uneducated and in prison, qualified to lecture anyone on anything resembling good equitable governance? With a two party government (calling itself a democracy) run by White (and one Black) wealthy men? Their crimes against humanity are endless, starting with Slavery and how they got the land called America. Yet during Vietnam while African Americans were 2nd class citizens this fact did not stop or even cause America to pause and look in the mirror at its terrible hypocrisy. Preaching freedoms across the Pacific to some remote Asian nation, while denying its own citizens freedom. This double standard of using oppressed people (without civil rights) to fight another oppressed people in the name of freedom.
WHO ARE THE REBELS?
The co-opting of local opposition in African subversions has been an invariable part of neo-colonial strategy since day one of neo-colonialism, when the Congolese Government and Patrice Lumumba were overthrown by creating and aggravating internal tensions, and the financial, as well as covert military support of an armed insurgency with it´s basis in a local militia - Dr. Christof Lehmann
Reports are coming back of the rebels killing Africans. The news wants us to believe it is because Gadaffi hired Africans for his campaign. However, outside of their justifications there is no evidence of that is the reason for the ant-African racism. So again the rebels can kill Africans and it is okay, it can be smoothed over and reversed and ultimately blamed on Gadaffi. If the sun sets funny that can also be blamed on brother Gadaffi.
Notice how the rebels in all of this time, of waging war, they haven't so much as bend a branch in the wrong direction. Unlike the pro-Gaddafi forces who rape, and burn and do all kinds of mean and horrible things. Gaddafi must be fighting Catholic saints, cuz according to CNN, FOX, BBC, Al-CNN, their record is spotless.
Armed soldiers force young Libyan women out of their beds at gun-point. Hustling the women and teenagers into trucks, the soldiers rush the women to gang bang parties for NATO rebels—or else rape them in front of their husbands or fathers. When NATO rebels finish their rape sport, the soldiers cut the women's throats. Rapes are now ongoing acts of war in rebel-held cities, like an organized military strategy, according to refugees. Joanna Moriarty, who's part of a global fact-finding delegation visiting Tripoli this week, also reports that NATO rebels have gone house to house through Misurata, asking families if they support NATO.See NATO War Crimes
WESTERN FRIENDLY ARABS
Now the issue of self-interest and Arab self-determination will orbit around Western interest, at the expense of the people. This is literally paying for destabilization in the region. Ayed been loyal to his Western employers (as most dogs are) said it was very clear everyone wants to help. It would be good if Ayed could show us in which history book has the West done something good for nothing. It would be interesting also to hear the G8 clarify what happens when these "new democracies" chose a direction which is not in keeping with the Western master plan? Can they still keep the 40 billion when they nationalize the oil, or decide to further alienate Israel? Can they keep the $40 billion if they switch over to liberal Shariah?
Many people in the West hear Shariah and run for the mountains. They hear Shariah and see a veiled vagina mutilated (FGM) woman chained to a stove with her mouth only capable of saying yes to her 4 wife having husband. People all over the world are abused in Shariah the same way they are abused under so-called democracy. Now we can debate equity in modern Shariah all day long, but that is not the issue the West has with Shariah. You see in a nutshell, Shariah is BAD FOR BUSINESS. For example if Somalia re-established Shariah can you still pump Jack Daniels into the country? Can you still sell-off the rights to Big Brother? - It is as simple as that. Shariah does not produce a conducive environment for Western monopolies.
This "Middle East" rebellion thing is starting to Back Fire! Is Israel more secure or more worried since the Arab world got set on fire? America is so eager didn't think long term. As the saying Goes Better the devil you know. And Gaddafi is the devil they know.
All of a sudden in Libya the citizens have a government ready to take over, tanks, guns and military training and we, like idiots, are swallowing the party line "he is killing his own people." This rhetoric only applies to Libya, not Syria, not Yemen, and definitely not anywhere in the Western world. As Farrakhan said "What did America do in Wako? Did they sit down and talk with the "rebels" or did they they bring the army? Now which nation allows a threat to the security of its governance, to a revolt which destablizes the economy and the peace and security? We can after that have a debate about the level of violence used, but it would be naivee to think they will be no causulties. What would America do if all the African-Americans in LA had an uprising? Would they send them flowers or send them bullets? At least history gives us the answer to the American response.
Linguistic warfare is part of war. There is a lot of mud and politics in words like genocide, holocaust, terrorist, militant, and collateral damage. These words services the agendas of the users. To create shock you will always say genocide in place of civil war. And if you want to mitigate dropping bombs on women and children use the word "collateral damage" in place of murdering innocents. By no stretch of the imagination has Gadaffi meet the criteria for genocide. This is not Sadaam and the long war against the Kurds, or Israel and the native Palestinians.
Now people usually die when bullets fly. And is it not funny how it is reported when America targets buildings in a heavily populated city like Tripoli? full of civilians? Tripoli is TIGHT, you can't open a can of Coke and not spray someone, so how you dropping bombs and not creating civilian casualties? Are American weapons so good that they only destroy pro-Gadaffi forces - anti-Gadaffi politically sensitive bullets? I guess no innocent civilizians have been killed?
How silly would it be to say the United States has executed 1234 of its own people since 1976 [Ref]. It is a factual statement but neglects the fact that these 1234 have been convicted of capital crimes punishable by death. Each nation has its own set of rules and regulations with regard to the level of punishment — and we can debate that. The point here is that in linguistic warfare "He is killing his own people" is empty, meaningless and downright simplistic.
GADAFFI'S TRACK RECORD
It is impossible to understand economics, Pan-Africanism, and development and take major issues with Gadaffi. How? Would we prefer the current leadership which does next to nothing? A leadership that would be happy to continue to pay Europe for satellite services? Or this man who made sure we broke that economic yoke? Would you prefer the Black skinned leader that has 20 Italian cars or this man who builds hospitals in Africa? The black skinned leader who spent 1 million on European clothes or a man that only uses African garbs? A man who tries to engage Nkrumah's dream or the Black leaders engaging the American dream? Unless we need Jesus Christ to lead Africa, we better deal with the best we have right now. Like most politicians motives, etc can be questioned, but didn't they say the same thing about Nkrumah?
A widely circulated list (not all can be verified but certainly enought is true to make the point)
Strange Questions to be Answered by those Libyans who were against Gaddafi.
However, the state of Libya is not a party to the Rome Statute, and is therefore not bound by the ICC unless something is referred by the UN Security Council. Article 16 of the Rome Statute has a built in time delay for cases presented through the UN Security Council.
Article 16: Deferral of investigation or prosecution
No investigation or prosecution may be commenced or proceeded with under this Statute for a period of 12 months after the Security Council, in a resolution adopted under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations, has requested the Court to that effect; that request may be renewed by the Council under the same conditions.
ICC STATES: The situation in Libya was referred to the ICC Prosecutor by the United Nations Security Council, through the unanimous adoption of Resolution 1970 on 26 February 2011. The Security Council decided, under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, that "the Libyan authorities shall cooperate fully with and provide any necessary assistance to the Court and the Prosecutor pursuant to this resolution" and, while recognizing that States not party to the Rome Statute have no obligations under the Statute, the Security Council urged all States and concerned regional and other international organizations to cooperate fully with the Court and the Prosecutor.
The flexibility of the ICC should be reported to Guinness World Records under the category of best contortionist. They have not followed the Rome Statute in this situation, because they didn't wait 12 months as required, but only 6 days. So again, we see how the choir of Europe sings in tandem and how all institutions: the 4Ms Media, Merchant, Missionary and Military synchronize to bring about an intended result.
OBAMA THE ROOKIE
See also | Just Like Bush
See also | The Obama Deception
It is sad to see some fooled into believing Obama's Black face was a sign of changing racial times. Still, Africans should make use of every opportunity they get to change the stereotype, regardless of the intention behind Blackening up the White house. And Obama (due to just having Black skin- no effort on his part) has cnged the image of African people and given a new set of respectablity to the African family and African self-esteam. "But a Black face on White racism and imperialism was political expediency to create a New face of respectability. But we all know spraying perfume in the air to mask the smell of sh^t eventually wears off.
If there was one question that I (the author) could pose to Mr. Obama is "How do you keep a straight face while talking so much crap?" I know Obama knows what I know and is smarter than me, If i can get to these conclusion- so can he.
In his speech, the president insisted that there was no comparison between Iraq and Libya, and that broadening the U.S. military mission "to include regime change would be a mistake." In reality, of course, that is exactly what Washington has done. President Obama made much of U.N. sanction and the multinational nature of the no-fly zone, and boasted that the United States had now handed over the lead role to our "allies and partners in NATO." - David Rieff
This pre-mature winner of a noble peace prize cannot tell you two things about the political views of Gaddafi opposition but yet he knows what is in "America's best interest." Neocolonialism is in the best interest of rich American people, but in the worst interest of everyone else. So he is gambling with an unbroken horse, he cannot even tell you how they like their morning coffee much less if they are a homogeneous group. Did we expect more from him? well only the very naive did. His dark skin and well tuned voice were deliberate in gaining consensus and respect after Bush took America's "good image" through the bushes. I think it is crystal clear now that Obama, Clinton, Bush, all different sides of the same rotten imperialistic coin. And on the side note "what is up with Israel Obama?" As Dissendent reporter William Blum says only two groups think fair of Obama: 1) Those to whom color matters a lot; 2) Those who are very impressed by the ability to put together grammatically correct sentences.
Obama v Osama : Out of the blue, the world's most wanted man is supposedly killed (without a body, without a grave, without any evidence - we will take it on faith ) just in time for the 2012 re-election of a president that has done nothing different to his predecessor. In Politics you need a "get out of jail card" when you get stuck with low public confidence. Just take a look at the US military deaths a few months into 2011, was the crusade not suppose to be "Quick and decisive"?
Bin Laden was the face of terrorism, and since terrorism must be made into flesh and portrayed as something people can hate: Like the Devil in Christianity. In all Hollywood scripts there has to be an explosive American ending to the story. And only in America can Bin Laden, who probably really died of kidney failure, can be ressurected to be given a more deserving double death. But this time not at the hands of nature but in the clutches of this rookie president in need of some points. In script terms: The bad guy (antagonist) always gets killed by good guy ( protagonist). in American history, the Battle of the Little Bighorn, where Sitting Bull forces killed General Custard. Custards, the icon, need to have killed at the hands of a appropriate nemesis - In came the legend of Sitting Bull. He was the central figure for the Americans public to demonized as an enemy of the state.
GOOD GUYS WEAR WHITE
Officially Designated Enemies: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hugo Chávez, Fidel Castro, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Mugabe, Moammar Gaddafi, and others. The good guys are nations that memorize the American Oath of Allegiance:
I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic (including the citizens of my own country); that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law.
All of this is at the expense of any national constitution. America plans ahead in a "What if.." permutations of possible world moves. Thus when they say Tunisia their strategies would have realized it is the perfect time to start one of their pre-planned operations in Libya. They have sceranios for all kinds of situations like this: What if South Africa goes the way of Zimbabwe, what if Iran invades Pakistan. And when the USA really get bored with all their data they just turn it into a film like The Siege which mysteriousy occurs in 1998 a few years before 9/11.
Now that the civil war (because that is all it is, but the West avoids this word) in Libya is not going the way of the Western interest they impose the self-serving no-fly zone. Clearly cutting off every advantage Gadaffi has to recover his country.
Every time we think the world might be peaceful long enough to say "humanity is changing," the war gods of the Caucasoid go on the war path again. Someone sang "Give peace a chance" or "let diplomacy speak first" but these ideals seem to be the dreams of the idealist. Not too long ago the horror of the WMD crisis shocked the world into wanted to avoid anymore mess ups. Regions formerly stable now turned into an internalized terror states; the sucide bombs have not stopped blowing up in Pakistani and Iraq just because CNN is focused elsewhere. But amnesia has gotten the best of us again as the West seeks every excuse to practise its hypocrisy.
HIGHEST ECONOMIC GROWTH IN THE WORLD
With Mugabe all the stats were brought out to show he ruined the "breadbasket of Africa", the stats failed to show how low crime and violence was in Zimbabwe.They neglected to compare education and health standards in Zimbabwe to neighboring South Africa. Yet Mugabe is a bad leader and the ANC who have been keeping the economic White status quo , and allowing xenophobia, are the good guys.
So some may ask what is so bad about Gaddafi, well he did not create enough opportunity for the West to exploit, as other Arab/African leaders have done. For example Nigeria depends on Shell and others to take up to 40% of their oil revenue back to Europe. Since the late 50's Nigeria is so busy eating the profits they have failed to learn how to refine their own raw products. You see the unspoken understanding globally, as the Mafia know, is you must let the big boys "wet their beak." Nationalizing oil and not creating opportunities for multi-national organizations is not going to go over well with the Western powers. Saudi Arabia understands this, UAE understands this, but Gaddafi doesn't.
'NO-FLY ZONE' = INVASION
Why no no-fly zone when 1000s were killed by Israel (2008 & 2009), why no hard stance for the ongoing horror caused by Israeli's UN violations and terrorism against unarmed women and children? Why does Bahrain and Yemen get a soft touch? Why so slow in reacting to genocide in oil-less Rwanda with 800, 000 dead?
You need large supplies and obviously you must use someone's country as a base (hence why Ethiopia is a friend of America. Especially when Eritrea is behaving frosty). CNN fails to mention all of this. And we fail to ask.
After getting support from international bodies for the no-fly zone, they immediately began to wage war against Libyan military forces under the preparation for enforcing the no-fly zone. "bait and switch". Make an argument for a no-fly zone and then use that momentum to bomb the hell out of innocent people.
Will the no-fly zone even work? According to Hilary Clinton (who wants a ground offensive) admits it will not help: We had a no-fly zone over Iraq. It did not prevent Saddam Hussein from slaughtering people on the ground and it did not get him out of office. We had a no-fly zone and then we had 78 days of bombing in Serbia. It did not get Milosevic out of office. It did not get him out of Kosovo until we put troops on the ground with our allies. "Allies" in the American context can also mean bought, bribed or coerced. As Richard Haas correctly puts it: This was based too much on getting support and not enough on a sustainable plan," he says. "I don't think we thought it through. Simply getting a coalition doesn't mean it's a good idea. Getting the Arab League doesn't make it a good idea. Multilateralism doesn't make the end better." In fact, it probably makes the intervention even more difficult to manage.
Now Donald Trump was a little clearier on the issue and saved us having to read between the lines: ...let me explain something to you. We go into Iraq. We have spent thus far, $1.5 trillion. We could have rebuilt half of the United States. $1.5 trillion. And we’re going to then leave. So, in the old days, you know when you had a war, to the victor belong the spoils. You go in. You win the war and you take it.
The West does not forgive or forget and they have an axe to grind with Gaddafi for some time now. When Bush, Jr.. came to office he finished off his fathers business with Saddam Hussein with his sequel war, which was bigger and blooder than Iraq part I. Now Mrs. Clinton is picking up the old axe that her husband Mr. Clinton failed to bury in Gaddafi's head.
This so-called armed uprising as David Comissiong points out is not the same as what happened in Egypt or Tunisia. Andrew North of the BBC (far more balanced than Arab owned Jazeera) dares to pose this question: All three states have been using violence to crush pro-democracy protests. But only against Libya are the US and its Western allies planning a military response. On one level the answer is obvious. Bahrain and Yemen are US allies - especially Bahrain with its large US naval base. Libya is not.
Does it not seem like a very strong and fast response to a internal issue? How long Gaddafi is in office is not the concern of the outside world. For those that oppose him that is the downside of being an independent nation: Sovereignty means that is Libya's business. Or let the AU sort it out, let Africa sort it out. Colonialism comes in many forms and like a wolf often hides its ugly self in sheeps clothing, today the word "human rights" is the new sheep skin for the Western wolf. Africans and others must prevent any attempt for the Western White world to causally show up with planes and guns on our doorstep.
THIS IS NOT CNN
All the bullets fired by Gaddafi seem to be evil and "Killing his people" while all the bullets fired by the rebels are for "Liberation." Ask the question what kind of "people" have this level or arms? "Killing his own people" is political rhetoric, it carries zero water when countries have always engaged in internal conflicts. In Southern Sudan with the recent clashes why do not they describe that as "Killing their own people." How about when America and its friends are killing insurgents in Iraq, are those insurgences not also "the people"? It is a selective perspective. Was the American civil war not "killing their own people?" Are the people he is killing not killing back also? And what are their terms? At least Gaddaffi wants to negotiate. Their terms are "go to jail" so impossible for anyone to accept it means there can be no negotiations. And what can be said about the sincerity of a group that does not entertain negotiations for the good of the people they claim to represent? If these so-called rebels realy cared about the people why dont they stop the fighting and use another means now available? They will say "We dont trust him." Bruce comments by stating: But intervening in a civil war in service to other nations' interests and our own misplaced idealism--without a clear knowledge of the rebels' aims, or a reasonable estimation of what sort of regime will be in place when the smoke clears--endangers those interests and puts at risk our national security. Go and start shooting up the streets of Downtown Manhattan with tanks and guns and see if the rhetoric of "America is killing its own people" is ever used when the the US military excercises its ruthless "national security."
When we see Clinton praising Al-Jazeera (who is trying to get a market share of the US demographic) we need to ask, who do they service. Because Clinton is not in the business of acting contrary to the global designs of America. So her praise of this Arab network raises concerns.
Guilablity of the masses who are spoon feed the rhetoric and opinions of the mainstrem new networks only prove how intellectual lazy most people are. Far easier to swallow the party line just becuase it is repeated 2000 times a day. Thinking objectively is far more challenging. For example how long has the Queen been the Queen of UK, should we invade? Then they would say "but she is a figure head" – well so is Gaddafi. How can you trust the news when it has been proven that US government has serious power over information under its "national security" act. The same news agents behind every negative image about Africa? We have failed to understand the mechanisms of colonialism and neocolonialism and hence it continues to exercise its designs in plane view.
No nation puts human rights before oil rights. Hilary Clinton does not lose sleep over any civilians anywhere being killed if trade relationships are on the table. And yes there is a time that international action is required, like in Rwanda, but is that really the case here? No country allows civil unrest that threatens the state interest (See Saudi Arabia). Regardless of what one thinks of Libya, it is the legal ruling system which has created much wealth and stability. Everyone has a grievance with their nation but that cannot be an excuse to do as one pleases especially to replace one greedy dictator with another power hungry unknown. Especially when their is no evidence of them seeking a forum via political means. Moreover NO ONE in these circumstance has ANY RIGHT to violate a Independent nations internal affairs.
DEMOCRACTIC SELECTIVE STANDARDS
In principle giving someone else a chance brings in new blood and new ideas especially if the current leadership is making a mess of things. Another way of looking at it means new leadership gives the West a chance to get their claws into yet another puppet. But we must looking beyond the reason for change let us look at what happens with change. South Africa is the poster child of democracy in Africa, they changes leaders on a dime; what good does it do for the majority? South Africa has changed Apartheid - ANC - ANC - ANC. In 17 years they have failed to resolve the race-based privilege of the white elites. America changes Bush - Clinton - Bush - Clinton (with Obama). It is all an illusion, the system doesn't change – only the spokesperson. But the masses feel some illusion of control over the system as they decide if to be eaten by the wolf of the fox in a two party state banquet. Until Africa grows (as America had a chance to grow on its own) we need strong leaders, who satisfy the question of not "how long" but deal with "how good" they are.
Obama was never put in place to walk another path so different to Bush; especially in the department of foreign interest. We see a Black face, how many White faces behind him? How can America, who secured so much by bloodshed, now let go of that ill-gotten wealth? When that wealth is still created by exploitation a wealth created by the rest of the world going hungry. In a fair world America would lose much of her advantage. This explains why UK and USA cannot just let international events take their natural course. They must control the outcome to get a pro-Western result.
Some of us get caught up in this republican vs. democrat debate and miss the key issue where they really disagree: The Republicans believe they can can get oil down to $2 a barrel, while Obama can only get it down to $3. -- That is the difference, like a disagreement about death by the fox or death by the wolf.
DECLARE WAR AND LOOK GOOD DOING IT
With very few exception, all those who declare war do so under some degree of justifiable reasons. When Mussolini declared war on Ethiopia (an innocent nations) he had a reason. Hitler from the Germany Nazi point-of-view made perfect sense. When Israel kills Palestinians they have a good reason and appear to be the good guys fighting against an evil enemy which includes 13 year old girls and Arab babies. With careful propaganda any nation can engage in a long, bloody war that will guarantee them to look like Jesus Christ when the dust has settled. Now just by messing up the propaganda media part it could make one look like Hitler or Stalin. But all good wars need good villains the archetype of evil and inhumanity personified in the likes of Sadaam or Bin Ladin:
You cannot force someone to have a democracy or abide by your so-called Western democratic values. Democracy is not inherent in a nations birth right. It is some cases a process which works for some, but not all.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU HAVE NO OIL?
Lets reflect on Rwanda with the American and French response. Not only was France training the genocidal militias prior to the genocide, the French government was even today providing perpetrators of the genocide a refuge. France has earlier been criticised by a European court for not trying genocide suspects. Many witnesses had told the tribunal about French soldiers training the Interahamwe militia of Hutu extremists.
And what about the USA?