On The Invasion Of Libya: Thinking Away From The Mob.

The world is roiling. Can you feel its disquiet? There is so much that can only be classified as pure insanity, but when you find the reasons to hope, you grab them and hold them close. I felt some relief when I encountered these opinions about the invasion of Libya. It pleased me even more that two of them were offered by my own countrymen:

Farrakhan warns, advises Obama on Libya. FCNN

Arab 'fig leaf' for regime change.
By Rickey Singh
Trinidad Express Newspapers | Mar 23, 2011 at 12:06 AM ECT
"THAT which started as a claimed humanitarian mission to save civilian lives in Libya has quickly escalated into the more precise objective of the intervening military powers — US, Britain and France — regime change in Tripoli.

As a journalist I have no tears to shed for President Moammar Gadaffi who has been ruling that oil-rich Arab nation with an iron fist for some four decades.

Nor do I have any illusion that the intervening military powers have much time for the thinking of the people and governments of the Caribbean — a region that bridges the two Americas — when it comes to attaining their objectives in any part of the world — much less the personal views of an ordinary West Indian journalist.

As Gadaffi was facing a militant armed rebellion against "undemocratic governance'', in the wake of earlier similar uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen — where governments have long mocked democratic governance — a Washington-Paris-London leadership troika was engaged in quietly lobbying for an Arab endorsement to provide regional cover via the United Nations Security Council." Read more...
Africans need a strong international voice.
By Khafra Kambon
Trinidad Express Newspapers | Mar 23, 2011 at 11:30 PM ECT
"...In 2004 Aristide had been removed from office under a blitz of misinformation demonising him to the world, and in the midst of an orchestrated armed invasion of Haiti, led by known criminals and convicted mass murderers from previous regimes. On March 19, one day after his return, the “international community” that had deposed him dropped over 100 bombs on Libya in an opening onslaught, reportedly on the country’s air defences and government troops, now labelled “Gadaffi forces”, said to be threatening the civilians of a city called Benghazi.

As the days go by more and more targets are identified and struck, including Gadaffi’s home compound in Tripoli. Now Western leaders openly debate the legality of targeting Gadaffi himself, the new demon of the world, preparing the justification for his murder, if they are able to get him. They espouse the possible necessity for regime change, signalling an escalated military campaign that will result in the mega death of the civilians they are supposedly in Libya to protect." Read more...
The Libyan Revolution is Dead: Notes for an Autopsy.
By Maximilian Forte
Zero Anthropology | Posted on 18 March 2011
"...A great mass of humanitarian social media addicts and self-styled cyberactivists in their hundreds of thousands signed petitions to beg the United Nations to authorize the bombing of Libya. Bearers of good intentions, no doubt, but perhaps less skilled as historians. Many will not even Google their way to the nearest Wikipedia entry that might cause them to ask some basic questions. On the other hand, history does not always repeat itself, and I am not one to make solid predictions, so perhaps this is not a useful basis for discussing the role of “humanitarian concern” in this debacle.

Instead, I have questions.

For example, exactly what kind of global human rights agenda is it that requires substantial military spending, private defense contractors, and a robust air force?

“We can’t stand by and do nothing”–and why not, when it is precisely what you are doing every day when it comes to the slaughter of civilians in Afghanistan (courtesy of our own troops), when it comes to the “secret” war in Pakistan, the “secret” war in Yemen, the “secret” war in Somalia, or for that matter, the killing of civilian protesters today in Yemen and Bahrain? How about how we stood by and did nothing, as our allied torture state, Uzbekistan, boiled alive opponents and the detainees sent to them by the CIA? Boiled alive–whisper it, because not even Gaddafi has imagined perpetrating such horrors. Whisper it, so you can forget it again: “Andijan massacre;” “Uzbekistan: Repression Linked to 2005 Massacre Rife;” “500 bodies laid out in Uzbek town;” “‘High death toll’ in Uzbekistan;” “’700 dead’ in Uzbek violence.” Surely, by now, we have abundant practice in doing nothing at all–we must be a hardened people, with very thick skin, and an ability to ignore the screams coming from the basement whenever we like. So why must Libya be this exception? What made you wake up, and wake up in such a way that you wanted to be the hero of someone else’s story?" Read more...
The Qaddafi I Know: The Libyan leader was no saint. But the West was wrong to intervene in African affairs.
By Yoweri Museveni
Foreign Policy | March 24, 2011
"...Qaddafi, whatever his faults, is a true nationalist. I prefer nationalists to puppets of foreign interests. Where have the puppets caused the transformation of countries? I need some assistance with information on this from those who are familiar with puppetry." Read more...

Familiar with puppetry?
Familiar with puppetry??
Familiar with puppetry???
Familiar with puppetry????

No comment, Sir... Not today anyway.

"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!


Anonymous said...

Wise & stirring words by Minister Farrakhan but IMHO he's making a big mistake referring to Obama as a brother. Skin color don't make a man a brotha...A brother is as a brother does.

Guanaguanare said...

Thanks for visiting and for your comment, Anonymous,
Yes, I've listened to this clip about six times already. There is a gift that these African American speakers have that I have not heard replicated elsewhere, my favourites being Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Rev. Jeremiah Wright. I like Ron Paul very much also but Minister Farrakhan will say the same thing and almost make the words become your flesh. No wonder so many of them are either snuffed out, thrown under the bus or incarcerated. Their voices are powerful. Mumia Abu-Jamal continues to think and to speak from his cell on Death Row. Don't know how he does it but the prison bars cannot hide the light of his soul and mind.

About The Other Brother, like you said, he is here to teach those who can learn the lesson that you cannot judge a book by its cover or colour.

Guanaguanare said...

P.S. I forgot to mention Ward Churchill. Have you heard him yet? He is always interesting.

Liane Spicer said...

Thanks for that clip, Seagull. Powerfully spoken.

Can't remember when last I was so transfixed by someone's oratory. The fact that what he's saying is the unvarnished truth, and that I've been feeling such rage over this Libya travesty myself, all just makes me so much more receptive to the power of his words.

Guanaguanare said...

Thanks Liane.
Sometimes we feel so alone with our gut feelings about situations. When another mind flashes out the same conclusion, when another voice echoes the thoughts that what we might not have had the courage or the skill to convey, we are eternally grateful. It's like a beacon in the darkness. Today there is SO MUCH darkness that is masquerading as truth, so many voices that are trying to drown out the facts, so many brave people who have been and will be crushed because they dare to call it as they see it. This speech brings to mind the "chickens coming home to roost" statements by Malcolm X and Rev. Jeremiah Wright and similar ideas expressed by Ward Churchill for which they all paid dearly. Imagine that the truth is now considered an armed and dangerous criminal to be captured and publicly executed. Their protests were about the consequences of hate, about blowback. I might put them up tonight. Although they were directed at the USA, their truths apply to us all.
Liane, you make me feel less lonely.

Liane Spicer said...

Seagull, you - and this space - make me feel less lonely.

Just read your "Not Soup" post, watched the clips, followed the links. I'd never heard of Ward Churchill before. I shared the clips with my mother also. It helps to know we're not alone, and we aren't crazy for thinking - knowing - what we do.

What a world, eh? We prefer to self-destruct than to learn.

Guanaguanare said...

Liane, as always, thanks for your support. So glad you found the information and the clips interesting and also shared them!

I'm always proud to know that along with several other black Americans who have been involved in civil rights/social justice struggles, Malcolm X and Minister Farrakhan also have Caribbean roots. Malcolm X's mother came from Grenada and Minister Farrakhan's father was from Jamaica and his mother from St, Kitts and Nevis. Bowing low.