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Human Shields In Misrata!

Posted in Al Quada, Arab, Britain, England, Europe, Insurgents, Muslim, Terrorism, UK, USA with tags , , , , , , , on 07/04/2011 by floroy1942

I guess it should come as no surprise that Libyan forces loyal to Gaddafi are now using human shields. After all, it has become a favourite tactic employed by Hamas, Hezbollah, The Taliban and many other arab insurgent groups. This does not make it any the less despicable.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/8X0f496F7U4

To Be Prosecuted For War Crimes?

To me it is the action of a coward and a war criminal, who should be caught and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Hopefully, this means that when the Libyan ‘show’ is over someone will be answering for these crimes. I certainly hope so.

According to NATO reports, tanks and heavy artillery are being hidden in civilian areas of the city with the express purpose of making them immune to NATO aircraft attack. Light attack vehicles, similar to those used by the rebels, are now using the roads and mingling with civilian traffic to prevent attack from ever-watchful NATO warplanes.

NATO Airstrike Against Gaddafi Forces

There can be little doubt this will blunt the effectiveness of air strikes, for no sensible pilot will drop a bomb, or fire a missile knowing innocent civilians will be killed, for that makes him not much better than those who perpetrate the crime, and it will not help NATO in  the propaganda war. 

http://www.youtube.com/embed/tXU2oFSOSM0

Meanwhile, the rebels are complaining they need more assistance from NATO if they are to make any further significant gains. I for one hope they realise the burden such a tactic has put on coalition pilots.

NATO’s Deputy Commander of Operations, Rear Admiral Russel Harding said in reply: “NATO forces have been particularly careful to avoid injury to civilians who are in close proximity to the fighting, often precisely because of the tactics of government forces,” He added: “Libyan government forces have increasingly shifted to non-conventional tactics, blending in with road traffic and using civilian life as a shield for their advance.”

The city of Misrata, under siege now for more than a month, is home to some half-a-million inhabitants, and large scale civilian deaths at the hands of NATO would no doubt be a boon to the ‘lefty’ propaganda machine as well as the Arab and African nations opposed to the intervention.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/pIlI5wMZsjc

Jordanian F16's

It is heartwarming to know that now at least Jordan has joined the coalition and sent aircraft to aid in the effort, if a little late. I must say though, both Syria and Saudi Arabia are noticeably absent, and silent. But there again, these nations are always reticent when it comes to assisting other arab countries, or even condemning acts of terrorism committed against the West. Saudi for example has the best armed forces among all the arab nations, they should have, for all their hardware has been obtained from the USA. I have often wondered why these Middle East countries are always content with the ‘Three Wise Monkeys’ approach to happenings around the world involving their arab brethren, especially terrorism.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/WxPOoykVqqc

A new twist to the tale has come from the French who say they are making arrangements for the eastern rebels to get supplies into Misrata by sea. Apart from basic requirements like food and water, it will also give them the opportunity to get arms and men into the city if they so wish. What this will do to the balance of power in the area is anybody’s guess.

To the observer, it is clear the Libyan crisis is a long way from being over, and it’s still not possible to predict what the outcome will be. Personally, I doubt that Gaddafi will be able to retain his position once this debacle is over, for apart from half the population of Libya hating him, he has become a pariah among world leaders, who I am sure will want no further dealings with him.

Roy.

Should We Arm The Libyan Rebels?

Posted in Al Quada, Arab, Britain, England, Europe, Muslim, Obama, President, Security Council, Terrorism, UK, UN, United Nations, USA with tags , , , , , , , , on 30/03/2011 by floroy1942

President Obama has raised the question of whether or not the Coalition should arm the rebels fighting Gaddafi. That I fear is very dangerous ground!

M136 AT4 Light Anti-Tank Weapon

First of all, arm them with what? Modern anti-tank weapons (i.e. missiles)would be a good idea, and perhaps some artillery pieces, maybe even a tank or two, but what then? Do we follow this up with technical experts to teach them how to fire the darned things.

AT4 Anti-Tank Video:

 http://www.youtube.com/embed/Q3xsMqHu56g

While it is without doubt in the interests of many countries to see Gaddafi gone, the road to achieving that is a slippery slope unless great caution is exercised. The objective of the UN mandate is clear; “Protect civilian lives from aggressive action by Gaddafi’s forces”. Arming the rebels does not, in my view, come under that heading.

The Security Council Votes

That whole scenario would be going way over the top of the UN Resolution, and bring down upon the Coalition severe condemnation from the vultures sitting on the sidelines sharpening their long knives waiting for us to trip up, make no mistake.

The original intention was good, and you can forget all the ‘lefty’ accusations of ‘it’s all about the oil’. The Coalition has now put itself in the position of being on trial, certainly within the Arab world and the African continent.

The Arab League Waits....

The Middle East countries are sitting on the fence waiting to see if the West will (a) stick to the mandate, or (b) meddle in Libyan internal affairs by actively assisting the rebels, and (c) try to enforce democracy afterwards. We are coming very close to the limits of the Mandate and may even already have overstepped them by actively assisting the rebels with the air strikes.

It has become abundantly clear that the Libyan dictator will not go quietly, he will fight to the last man and will have to be removed by force. If he does win, you can bet his vengeance will not only be levelled at the rebels and Benghazi, but also the Western Alliance. He is quite capable of opening his door to al Quada and giving them a base from which to operate.

Rebels In Retreat....Again!

The sad thing is the rebels do not seem capable of winning without more intervention by the Coalition, particularly in light of the reverses they have suffered in recent days.

Rebel Retreat:

 http://www.youtube.com/embed/_rrDAt-ejL4

Apart from the fact they are a ‘rag-tag army’ of civilians without any military training whatsoever, they have no leadership, no chain of command, or coördination of effort. In the long-term, they have little or no chance of success against a properly trained army such as the one that fights for Gaddafi, and no amount of aerial bombardment by the coalition will change that.

I reiterate what I have said in earlier posts, i.e. that the UN resolution came far too late. Had it been granted even one week earlier the situation on the ground could have been much different. But there is ‘no point in crying over spilt milk’ as they say, we must make the best of what we have, which to be honest, is not a lot.

Is He Giving Us Two Fingers?

It remains to be seen what the eventual outcome of the affair will be, but I have a nasty feeling the Alliance will not come out of it ‘smelling like roses’. There is still a lot of work to be done, and a lot of it depends on how far the UN, the Arab League and the African Union are prepared to back NATO and the Alliance in achieving the removal of Gaddafi.

Roy.

 

Libya, The Arab League and Double Standards!

Posted in Arab, Britain, England, Europe, Muslim, UK, UN, United Nations, USA with tags , , , , , , , , on 20/03/2011 by floroy1942

Face Saving?

I guess I should not be surprised that the Arab League is now trying to worm out of its complicity in the current Libyan crisis. I have just read with disbelief a statement by the League Secretary General, Amr Moussa that he is calling for an emergency meeting of the group saying that the actions of the coalition are not what was intended when they agreed to the action. I quote:“What is happening in Libya differs from the aim of imposing a no-fly zone, and what we want is the protection of civilians and not the bombardment of more civilians.” It seems to me they are now trying to back out of the agreement they made with the UN Security Council!

It was after all they who asked for such action to be taken, but it is worthy to note that the United Arab Emirates is the only country in the block to be actively taking part. Each of the major arab nations, like Saudi Arabia, Syria and Jordan have strong air forces that could easily have done the job on their own, but not one of them has made a move to assist.

The UAE-At Least An Honest Arab Nation

Now they are trying to backtrack on their diplomatic involvement and before you know it, they will be accusing the coalition of aggression, or at least interference in arab affairs. I have to say I find their attitude both spineless and disgusting.

It would seem they expected the no-fly zone to be enforced without any military action whatsoever, and if that is the case I would ask them how it could be done.

RAF Tornados

Weeks ago US Secretary of Defence, Robert Gates, made it quite clear that the only way to safely enforce a no-fly zone was for the Libyan anti-air defences to be knocked out prior to overflights. Personally, I can think of no other way.

I can understand they do not want foreign troops on Libyan soil and that should not be necessary, but it is impossible to achieve a no-fly zone without some form of military action. Considering that the arab nations have left it up to the west to do their dirty work for them, I would have at least expected a grudging ‘Thank You’ considering it is our pilots that are being put in harms way on their behalf. Instead, all we get is the proverbial ‘knife in the back’, so typically arab.

AWACS - Ensuring Compliance

We cannot for sure know this, but it is possible they are now starting to get unrest among the arab nations for the fact they requested western assistance in this problem, and are now trying to excuse their complicity by proclaiming: “This is not what we meant…..But we didn’t mean…” etc etc. Well gentlemen, if you call for a spade, you get a spade and that’s that!

Further, how dare he suggest the coalition is bombing civilians! I can only presume he has been listening to the Gaddafi propaganda machine. The west has ‘stepped up to the plate’ and offered to help defend civilians against the onslaught of Gaddafi’s forces, and I must say that is more than the majority of arab nations have done. Instead of backtracking from their decision they should be actively assisting in the efforts.

Finally I have to say direct to Mr. Amr Moussa: If you don’t like the way the west is carrying out YOUR request – DO IT YOURSELF!!!!!

I await further developments with bated breath!

Roy.

Gaddafi Upstages the UN and NATO

Posted in Al Quada, Arab, Britain, England, Europe, Human Rights, Insanity, Muslim, Security Council, Terrorism, UK, UN, United Nations, USA with tags , , , , , , , on 19/03/2011 by floroy1942

Say what you like about Gaddafi, but he is a wily old coyote! When the announcement was made about the UN backed no-fly zone, he immediately pulled a master stroke by announcing a ceasefire with the rebels, thereby successfully delaying any punitive action by NATO and Arab League forces.

Gaddafi The Cunning Fox!

This clever move has brought him a precious 24 hours in which to insert his troops into the outskirts of the city of Benghazi and other rebel held towns. Any intelligent person will now realise he has successfully cancelled out any chance of an attack on these forces, because to do so would mean attacking built-up areas with the huge risk of civilian casualties.

The People Of Benghazi

Gaddafi does not care if civilians are killed, but the world will roundly condemn any casualties caused by alliance troops, and terrorist groups like al Quada will use any mistakes made to foster anti-west feeling in the arab world. The UN decision was far too late to save the situation in Libya.

As I stated in my last post:

(https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2011/03/17/libya-the-great-betrayal/)

Had this decision for action been made even four days ago, Gaddafi’s troops would not have been in range of Benghazi and could easily have been stopped in their tracks. Now it is too late!

With his troops in the suburbs of the city, does anyone imagine for a minute that those forces will honour the ceasefire? Not on your life! They will not rest until every rebel in the city is dead or captured, unless help can be given to the protesters that does not entail bombing from the sky.

The 'Decision' Makers

Sure we can stop any overflights and bombings, and maybe even the artillery lined up outside the city, but that will do nothing to alleviate the pressures being put on the rebels by mercenaries and tanks already in the city streets.

From his own lips we have heard how ruthless he will be when it comes to dealing with the remnants of the rebel forces. There can be little doubt that despite all his protestations of innocence, it will be a massacre.

Dictators like Gaddafi do not take kindly to insurrection, as can be witnessed in Bahrain, Syria and Yemen for example. Any form of protest has quickly been put down by security forces with ‘no holds barred’.

Tank On The Streets Of Benghazi

I believe Gaddafi was caught totally unawares, and as Libya is so large it would be difficult to takes the necessary steps to quell unrest immediately. However, we now have a situation where the rebels are firmly established, but sadly, are being beaten by the African mercenaries hired by Gaddafi.

The Arab League has already stated that it will not accept foreign troops on Libyan soil, and this call has been echoed by the rebels themselves. So while being given a wide ranging mandate for the protection of civilians, it still ties the hands of the coalition when it comes to Gaddafi’s forces already in Benghazi and other rebel held towns along the coast. It quickly becomes evident that by pulling his ‘ceasefire’ trick, Gaddafi has upstaged the UN, the Arab League, and NATO.

Roy.

Related Posts:

https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2011/03/08/an-enforced-libyan-no-fly-zone-is-it-wise/

https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2011/03/12/the-un-europe-and-arab-league-on-libya-blah-blah-blah/

Update: Sunday 20/3/2011: Thanks to an overnight barrage of Tomahawk missiles on the air defence systems, and attacks on military hardware on the road to Benghazi, the attacks appear to have stopped. This is probably more a question of the soldiers themselves not wishing to face Tornado and Mirage jets sat in a steel coffin, than Gaddafi’s will to stop fighting. The latest news reports say that Gaddafi forces are now in the centre of Misratah as well as in Benghazi, so it remains to be seen what the Alliance can do to stop their attacks. This may prove a hard task, and will take some considerable time.

 

 

Libya – The Great Betrayal

Posted in Arab, Britain, Europe, Human Rights, Muslim, President, UK, UN, United Nations, USA with tags , , , , , , on 17/03/2011 by floroy1942

Once again the world has witnessed betrayal by the impotent United Nations. This great ideal of all nations united against evil, founded in 1945, has been seen, as so often in the past, to fail dismally in the face of adversity.

International Talk Shop - The UN Building in New York

When the Libyan crisis first broke weeks ago, talk began about assistance, and some countries like France, recognised the rebels internationally and called upon the dictator Gaddafi to step down. Then came the reemergence of Gaddafi’s power and the onslaught by his mercenaries and army upon the rebels with tanks, artillery and bombs. Most vocal in their condemnation were as usual the US, Europe and NATO, all of whom called for a no-fly zone to ground Gaddafi’s air force.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12740740

A Proud Boast That Cannot Be Enforced

The UN met and called for an end to the violence, which naturally enough fell on deaf ears. Meanwhile the western nations met again and again proclaiming in loud voices that the no-fly zone should be introduced, but again nothing! Although it must be said for all their good intentions, their hands were tied without the backing of a UN resolution and the approval of the Arab League of Nations (ALN).

As in the UN, the ALN talked and talked for more than a week before finally giving tacit approval to the measures last weekend. So back it goes to the UN and we are still waiting for an answer. Meanwhile, the rebels are being hammered into the ground by the African mercenaries and their backers, the Libyan armed forces. Gaddafi and his son are still defiant and claim the battle is almost won, and by the time the UN gets around to finally agreeing to the proposal it probably will be. You can be certain Gaddafi’s vengeance will be swift and merciless.

A Plea From The People

It has become synonymous with the UN that they can (a) never agree on anything, and (b) if they do, it is always too late. This international body, formed with such high ideals has become the laughing-stock of intelligent people across the world. Whenever one country takes aggressive action against another, or as in the case of Libya, a people rise up to fight for their freedom from oppression, all the members of the UN can do is ‘flap their jaws’.

It’s about time this body came to realise that in a crisis such as this, talking just doesn’t hack it and actions speak louder than words. I am tired of national representatives looking after their own interests ahead of the common good:- “Oh dear! We can’t vote for this motion because we buy oil from Gaddafi!” etc etc.

Blasted By Artillery, Bombed From Above!

Sometimes the problem is Russia and/or China, who to protect their own interests wield their veto. Russia will not approve an action because they sell arms to a particular nation, or China vetoes a resolution because she has economic or political interests in a country. In my view, the entire veto system should be scrapped, for it’s about time the UN was able to make and pass resolutions for the common good without this ‘roadblock’.

For the UN to work as originally intended, it is necessary for all nations to forget their own petty interests and concentrate on the good of all humanity in all countries. Aggression must be met by united resistance and not petty squabbling. The oppression of any people must be met with a firm resolve by all nations before it is too late.

A True Statement That Should Haunt The UN

I feel sorry for the people of Libya who want nothing more than to live in peace, free of their oppressive dictator. We have seen a wave of such rebellions in the past months where populations have shown their wish to be free. Unfortunately for the Libyans, their dictator has been made of sterner stuff than his compatriots. No dictator likes to lose his grip on power as can be evidenced around the world in countries like Bahrain, Iran and Zimbabwe to name but a few.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFzDUd9EIS4

There are still many more oppressive regimes, chief among them China, but also many in the making such as Venezuela, where Hugo Chavez is cementing his position of power for the future by changing the constitution in his favour. It is for sure the UN will eventually be called upon to arbitrate in many of these countries in the future when their people tire of being oppressed. I just hope by then it will be up to the task!

Roy.

Related posts by this author:

https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2011/03/08/an-enforced-libyan-no-fly-zone-is-it-wise/

https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2011/03/12/the-un-europe-and-arab-league-on-libya-blah-blah-blah/

Update: Thursday 17 March 22.00CET.

It seems there is finally good news from the UN as there should be a decision on the Libya debate in about another hour. Britain and France have said that initial action in supporting the rebels could perhaps begin tomorrow (Friday). Interesting to note that both Russia and China are expected to abstain during the vote, and will not exercise their veto rights. I guess international pressure has made them think again! Let us just hope it is not “too little too late”!

The UN, Europe and Arab League on Libya-Blah Blah Blah!

Posted in Arab, Britain, England, Europe, Germany, Government, Immigration, Muslim, Obama, Security Council, UK, United Nations, USA with tags , , , , on 12/03/2011 by floroy1942

How typical of all the world’s political bodies that they talk and talk while people are dying! The crisis in Libya has reached a stage where Gaddafi is openly using his aircraft, artillery and tanks to put down the uprising, and all the world’s politicians can do is ‘flap their lips’.

As in my previous post on the subject, ( https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2011/03/08/an-enforced-libyan-no-fly-zone-is-it-wise/)  I still believe there is little the USA and Europe can do without the backing of the UN, or at least the Arab League.

Against Mig FIghter-Bombers???

Even the UN, after its initial condemnation of Gaddafi’s reaction to the uprising, has remained silent, and only the US, NATO and Europe seem to care what is going on there.

YouTube – Britain, France and US plan Libya response.

Another group who have been silent during the whole saga is the Arab League. Saudi Arabia, perhaps the most capable military force among arab nations and one that has the capability to put a stop to Gaffafi, has restricted itself to worrying about the price of oil. They have restricted their response to issuing communiques to reassure the west they will increase production if required. Nothing useful on the Libyan crisis or the no-fly zone, it’s as if it isn’t happening, and that goes for other arab countries also.

At the moment they are talking about what to do but not doing anything constructive to stop it, just like the UN. To the best of my knowledge there does not even seem to have been any diplomatic contact with Gaddafi by the arab nations, although Gaddafi has sent one of his top generals to Egypt for consultation with the military rulers.

The world’s leaders seem to be united, up to a point, on the fact that the violence must stop, but so far as taking united action is concerned, forget it!. Meanwhile, people are dying on the ground and Europe is facing a huge refugee crisis.

For Gaza You Can Read Libya!!!

In this authors opinion, the only people who can stop the violence are the members of the Arab League, but at the same time they say they do not wish for foreign interference. It is after all an arab nation and an arab problem, but I suppose like politicians everywhere, they will sit on the fence until it is all over and the rebels are dead.

Arab League rejects foreign intervention in Libya – video | World news | guardian.co.uk.

Revenge Will Be Mine!

There can be little doubt in my mind that Gadaffi will exact a terrible revenge on his people once the fighting is over. I am convinced he will ‘clean house’ by exterminating all those who have opposed him, for he is a man capable of ruthlessness which will manifest itself. His mercenaries will be let loose on the common folk of the east and we will see a bloodbath and mass disappearances, certainly of anyone associated with the leaders of the uprising. I am sure it will be ‘no holds barred’ when the time comes.

No-one can doubt that victory will be his without international intervention, for the rebels cannot hope to sustain their campaign against the forces allied against them. It may be a matter of weeks, or even days before they fall before the onslaught of Gaddafi’s mercenary forces with their planes, tanks and artillery.

It all brings to mind the Warsaw Ghetto uprising during WW2, when the Russians halted their advance a few scant miles from the city while the Polish Resistance fought alone against a whole German Division and were massacred. More recently, the  methods used by Saddam Hussein to put down the Kurds can be compared.

YouTube – Kurdish Genocide – 1988 Thousands die in Halabja gas attack(BBC) — Massacre Halabja New Video. (Note: Not for the faint hearted)

Help Us!

If you stretch your mind to the Libyan situation after the crisis ends, in particular if it comes about by foreign intervention, we will see another set of problems. How can a people so divided as they are at present be united. The areas around Tripoli are staunch Gaddafi supporters, evidenced by their willingness to support him, while the rest are ardent opponents and want him gone. When two factions within a country are so opposed it will be difficult to unite them under any form of leadership. I can see bitter struggles developing between the two sides before peace returns to this North African nation.

In the meantime the UN and arab nations continue to prevaricate and the hands of countries willing to help are tied. I watch events with bated breath, and hope that someone, somewhere, will have the guts to make a swift decision to end the useless slaughter.

Roy.

Update: Saturday 12 March: 1800 CET.

The Arab League Nations

It has been announced today that the Arab League of nations has finally agreed to a no-fly zone for Libya. It has taken weeks of ‘chin wagging’, but finally the die is cast. The League also announced they are not in a position to enforce the no-fly zone themselves, but have by all accounts agreed that western nations could provide the air cover necessary.

The ball is now firmly in the hands of US, EU and NATO officials who must decide on when, how, and if such a thing is possible. The US had already said it is reluctant to begin such an exercise due to the risk of being embroiled in a long drawn-out war as in Iraq and Afghanistan, for to begin such an event will require attacks to knock-out Libya’s missile defences and airfields. Like you, I now wait for developments.

An Enforced Libyan No-Fly Zone – Is It Wise?

Posted in Arab, Britain, England, Europe, Government, Insurgents, Muslim, Obama, Parliament, President, Terrorism, UK, UN, United Nations, USA with tags , , , , , , , on 08/03/2011 by floroy1942

Should America and NATO be allowed to enforce a no-fly zone on Libya? Personally, I think it would be a huge mistake for these organizations to even try, unless they have the full coöperation of other arab nations.

Libyan Rebels

There can be little doubt that the current attacks by pro-Gaddafi forces on the rebels must end, and it is indeed a scandal they are taking place in the first place. However, we have to remember, this is an internal struggle in which non-arab nations cannot impose their will, even in the name of humanity.

To put this in context, what would American reactions have been if South American countries had felt it necessary to intervene during their Civil War? Food for thought!

Once again it has been amply demonstrated the UN is a toothless tiger with nothing to contribute other than useless words and condemnation, but that is not helping the people of Libya one iota. There again, the UN is nothing more than a ‘babble shop’ in my eyes, and throughout its history, with the exception of the Korean war, has never really succeeded in quelling war, aggression, genocide or human rights violations in the world.

Careful Thought Required By NATO Members

In actual fact, NATO has been more proactive with its actions in Kosovo, Serbia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

But back to the main theme, Libya has suffered an uprising of the common man against a dictatorial regime much the same as other North African countries of late, but this one has turned out different. There is little doubt the military were the deciding factor in Libya, for they had the choice of siding with the protesters or Gaddafi. They chose the latter, and this may well have spelled the end for the popular uprising, because a dedicated man with an AK47 is no match for a tank or fighter-bomber in the long term.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/Q9MQD38nmOs

Libyan Airforce Under Gaddafi Control

In my opinion, enforcement of a no fly zone over Libya will not change the situation on the ground very much, as the pro-Gaddafi forces are far superior in arms and equipment and must eventually win. If they do not, it will not say much about their effectiveness as a fighting force. One can only hope the common soldier gets tired of killing people he is sworn to protect, and eventually rebels against his officers. This however is unlikely to happen if, as reports suggest, most of the fighting is carried out by African mercenaries in the pay of Gaddafi.

But so far as the politics of foreign intervention are concerned, I believe it would be a disaster of international  proportions for either America or NATO to intervene in this struggle. It is worthy of note that the other arab nations have been silent on this issue until very recently. Not one of the main arab countries, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, or Iran have come out and publically condemned Gaddafi’s actions, or those of the rebels. All stayed silent, just as they do on the question of Islāmic insurgency.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/ghGjRqvcbRA

This may well be because most arab countries are run by an elite few who have been in power for decades, and they too fear a popular uprising in their own country. The people of Iran have tried it and were ruthlessly put down by the government.

As a purely arab problem, one would expect the other nations to come together quickly to find a way to end the bloodshed of their brethren, but until very recently all we had was a wall of silence while they sit on the fence and wait to see what happens, again, much as they have done with the insurgency. Declarations of condemnation have now been made, but it seems no move towards actually stopping the bloodshed have yet materialised. 

Oil - Not the Excuse As Some People Think!

Should NATO countries, or indeed the USA, decide to enter the conflict, it will be seen purely as ‘protecting their oil interests’ and they will once again be accused of ‘wielding the big stick’ as they were in Iraq and Afghanistan.

America has long been perceived by many nations to be acting as the world’s policemen, and to a certain degree I believe this attitude is held by many Americans. No matter how powerful a nation, or group of nations is, it does not have the right to intervene in what is, as in the case of Libya, an internal struggle. The motives may be the best in the world, but they will not be seen as such by all.

Considering the tensions that have existed between the arab nations and ‘the West’ since 9/11, it would be a brave fool who intervenes in a purely arab struggle without the participation, or at least a nod of approval, from the rest of the arab block. To do so will only stoke the fires of anti-western feeling within these nations. It is without doubt a very delicate situation, for if anyone decided to enforce a no-fly zone, what then?

Two Men In The Hot Seat

As Robert Gates, the US Secretary of Defence has already stated, to begin such an operation would first mean attacks on the airfields and missile defence systems of Libya which amount to an act of war. Once that happens, any country embarking on such a task would be fully committed as a participant in the conflict. Would the people of NATO member countries, or Americans be happy at the prospect of their servicemen being killed in such a situation? I think not.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/1Y3f3e2ieqU

I can just imagine the lines of protesters marching up and down outside the White House condemning Barack Obama for getting America into yet another conflict. He could certainly kiss goodbye any hopes of re-election, as would the governments of any other NATO country.

Trying To Bring Down An Air Force Fighter Bomber

War is not something to be taken lightly, people die in wars, and for any country to think of participating in one, especially when so far away and none of your business, governments and Presidents must tread warily. America learnt a hard lesson in Vietnam and the scars are not yet fully healed.

Certainly, it is hard to sit on the sidelines and watch as a country tears itself apart in this manner, but sometimes that is all you can do. To get involved against the will of neighbouring nations and your own people is sheer folly.

It may be fine for politicians like Britain’s William Hague to spout about no-fly zones, but I am sure if the people of Britain were asked their opinion, there would be a resounding ‘No!’ to any involvment, and much the same in the US.

Bomb Attack On Rebels

Western nations can do no more than sit on the sidelines and wait to see what happens. The conflict started, and will end, in Libya and the only nations that can stop it are other arab countries, if they have the guts to come out of the shadows and take action. I hold my breath!

Roy.

See related post:

https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2011/03/12/the-un-europe-and-arab-league-on-libya-blah-blah-blah/

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