Among the most striking features of the US-NATO onslaught against Libya has been the widespread support that this “war of choice” has evoked among left-liberal parties and the affluent middle-class milieu that comprise an important part of their constituency. Waving the banner of “human rights”—the most hypocritical and deceitful of all justifications for imperialist war—the liberal left embraced this war as their own. One would imagine that this was the first time in history that imperialism had proclaimed the cause of “human rights” and democracy as a cloak for its predatory interests!
The left-liberal justifications for the US-NATO bombing of Libya are thick with moral outrage against Colonel Gaddafi, but provide virtually nothing in the way of analysis of the motives and interests of the forces, within Libya and internationally, that are seeking his overthrow. The apologists argue and write as if they were members of a society of amnesiacs. There is no history. Nothing that occurred in the past is remembered. The morally-debased and genocidal record of imperialist colonialism is ignored. There is no reference in these writings to Italian colonialism’s extermination of nearly one half of the Libyan population during its occupation between 1911 and 1940. Nor do they note that the last major joint Anglo-French military action in North Africa, in October-November 1956, was the invasion of Egypt. That action, carried out in collusion with Israel, sought to overthrow the nationalist regime of another Arab colonel, Gamal Abdul Nasser, and reclaim control of the nationalized Suez Canal. Nasser was widely denounced in the British press as a “mad dog” and Prime Minister Anthony Eden plotted his assassination. The Anglo-French invasion failed because the United States, which had its own plans for the region, would not tolerate the attempt by the European imperialists to restore their colonial empires. President Eisenhower compelled the French, British and Israelis to beat a humiliating retreat.
Those who are hailing the attack on Libya as a triumph for the cause of human rights seem to have no recollection at all of the monstrous role played by the United States in attacking and subverting countries that interfered, in one way or another, with its strategic political and economic interests. It is not only the past that is forgotten (Vietnam, the savage war of the “Contras” in Nicaragua, the fomenting of civil wars in Angola and Mozambique, the overthrow and murder of Lumumba in the Congo, the longstanding support for the Apartheid regime in South Africa, the invasion of Iraq); the present is all but ignored. The pro-war “left” assigns to the United States the task of removing Gaddafi for firing on his people, even as Predator drones rain missiles down upon Afghanistan and Pakistan, killing people every day.You know who I blame?
I blame us.
We've got this sick need for a Daddy.
Or enough of us do and the rest of us either humor them or are too scared to call them out.
In the last two or so weeks, we've seen the reality about so-called Left Daddies, haven't we?
Ed Shultz, Juan Cole and many more.
Who the hell ever needed them?
They weren't about peace.
That was always obvious.
But some people have a Daddy fixation and so now we all suffer.
In the future, we need to be asking: Why are we elevating this useless jerk to a higher status than they deserve?
Ed Shultz is a Republican who soured on Bush. An anti-choicer that got elevated to the temporary status of 'press god.'
Temporary press god?
Did someone say Keith Olbermann?
The man who repeatedly called for Bush's impeachment went to the trouble, last week, of doing an online 'special comment' justifying Barack's illegal war and cautioning that, if it goes on 'too long,' he might then go to Congress for approval.
These are not people of convictions or beliefs. These are cheap little whores who stick their asses in the air in an attempt to figure out which way the wind is blowing.
In the future, we'd do well (as a left) not to elevate these worthless jerks into people worth listening to.
If you're for the Libyan War, I think you've revealed, at best, your gross stupidity.
Fortunately, this illegal war has also demonstrated the people we can count on.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):