Sunday, March 20, 2011

LIBYA

It is now nine hours since the French launched air strikes against the Libyan forces besieging Benghazi and six hours since US Tomahawk missiles where targeted against the old 'Wheelus' air base on the outskirts of Tripoli. UK aircraft have also been reported in action to enforce the UN mandated 'No Fly' zone.

So where I ask are John Minto and Keith Locke. Their silence is deafening. By now I would have expected them to be crowding the airwaves with their ritualistic condemnation of this latest manifestation of Western imperialism driven by the desire of the United States to somehow appropriate Libya's oil reserves.

How long before they seek to portray Muammar Gaddafi as a man of peace; the all loving father figure who wants nothing more than to unite his country free from all outside influences (read democracy).

Just seeking to get in first with John and Keith clearly having a Sunday lie in.

12 comments:

PM of NZ said...

Probably not a lie in but limited access on a Sunday to a computer. A computer no doubt paid for by the NZ taxpayer. But wait, I'm sure one will be available for such statements by 5 past 8 tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Maybe we should just let them sort it out themselves and stop buying the oil meanwhile. We should intervene (read screw it up even worse) in the Congo, Somalia, Ethiopia - the list goes on and on - if we really care but the powers that run things don't unless there's something important at stake. Oil will do it every time.

The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.

Simon said...

How many angels can dance on the head of a pin? In this case, Locke, Minto, and the rabble of their fellow travellers, will be spinning or skewered on the point of the just war pin.

Mort said...

The Congo is a relatively stable country in Africa, which derives a lot of it's export income through Oil, so what is your point anon 2.58pm?
If you are referring to the DRC, which is a neighbouring state, then you may have a point. But if oil is the reason for all these conflicts and the reason why the west are intervening now, then why has there been no action in the Sudan/ South Sudan border to shore up supply routes and protect the oil producing sth sudan from the terrorist activity of pro Sudanese Govt forces?

Psycho Milt said...

So where I ask are John Minto and Keith Locke.

Most likely they don't find anything worth objecting to in a UN-mandated effort to protect Libyan civilians. Why, do you feel this is a terrible war crime against Libya or something?

Anonymous said...

Tom Hunter said...

No Blood For Oil.

No Blood For Oil.

Come on guys. Sing it with me...

There's going to be lots more like this in the next few days, but for the moment this is the blog comment of the day:

http://justoneminute.typepad.com/main/2011/03/to-the-shores-of-tripoli-benghazi.html?cid=6a00d83451b2aa69e2014e86d40593970d#comment-6a00d83451b2aa69e2014e86d40593970d

The Veteran said...

PM ... I would advise you not to hold your breath.

ZenTiger said...

Protect Libyan civilians? With bombs and missiles? That's right wing oxymoronic talk, that is PM.

And ironically, I find myself against the intervention. We have one set of blood thirsty rebels fighting a blood thirsty dictator after years of being content to let Gaddafi be a dictator, and now we think bombs and missiles will protect the public?

And this from the same Obama that promised to shut down Gitmo (and hasn't) and pull troops out of Iraq and cut the numbers in Afghanistan?

Must be just another puppet.

ZenTiger said...

If the USA goes in, it should be to take control from the blood thirsty rebels and establish a Western Rule given the oil rich Arab States can't manage their own backyard.

And in return, extract oil for payment for peacekeeping expenses. Sounds fair. You can't really put a value on saving civilians.

Anonymous said...

This post makes no sense. You are pissed off that Locke and Minto haven't come out in support of Gaddafi and yet you would have been equally pissed off if they did.

Anonymous said...

Minto is a bully (remember the young girl from Israel playing tennis here?) hence he'll be secretly admiring Gaddaffi. Filth honouring filth perhaps?

Cadwallader

emmess said...

Right on cue

These cunts (I don't use that word lightly) organised a protest in London today.
Funny I seem to have missed the anti-war protests over the last few weeks when Gaddafi was massacring thousands of innocent civilians.