All diplomats and foreigners are being told to get out of Yemen as fast as possible as protests turn violent in yet another Middle Eastern country. In Libya Muammar Gaddafi’s pro government forces attack rebel positions on the ground and from the air. The critical positions being fought over are of course the areas where in the oil field lie.
American diplomats through the mainstream media have also ratcheted up attacks on the Gaddafi government and seem to be trying to build support for United States air strikes in the implementation of a no fly zone, which will no doubt lead to U.S. troops on the ground in Libya. The excuse our government is giving us for intervening in the affairs of this foreign sovereign country is that Muammar Gaddafi is a mentally ill psychopath, as only a psychopath would kill his own people to preserve his government.
But wait, hold the presses, let’s look back in our own history. Let us go back to 1861 when forces being commanded by one Abraham Lincoln refused to vacate Fort Sumter, South Carolina, which began the American Civil War, the bloodiest conflict in our nation’s history. Abraham Lincoln initiated this war for the stated purpose of preserving the government status quo. He has since gone down in U.S. history as one of our most beloved and celebrated presidents.
I guess we should ask the question, who are we to be judging the merits of a conflict in another country? The average American can in no way understand the individual values and motivations that are driving the two sides that are presently in conflict in Libya. The assertion that the U.S. has some inalienable right to decide the destiny of other countries is presumptuous and even outrageous.
We the people of these United States are not going to be told the true motivations for the civil war in Libya. But we are not so blind that we cannot see that who is to be enriched is dependent on who wins the war. If the U.S. does enter into the conflict in Libya it will be for the sole purpose of making sure that the profits from Libyan oil end up in the pockets of the corporate elite that controls our government and hence our armed forces.
We as Americans must speak out in righteous indignation to our government’s assertion of our power in Libya. And we must denounce our government’s condemnation of Muammar Gaddafi, as when the comparison is made to Abraham Lincoln, it can only be considered pure unmitigated hypocrisy designed to draw us into a war we can in no way afford, not only in terms of further incurred debt, but more importantly the lives of our young people serving in our military.
God protect our youth from the ravages of war.