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.Africans need a strong international voice.
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...
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.The Libyan Revolution is Dead: Notes for an Autopsy.
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...
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.The Qaddafi I Know: The Libyan leader was no saint. But the West was wrong to intervene in African affairs.
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...
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????
"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!