Taylor noted that despots can't mobilize those kind of numbers, "If they were that hated his secret service would never let that kind of a mob assemble if they realized that they outnumbered the security forces by that number. So I mean obviously it is a little bit more complex than we'd like it to be."
He also pointed out of the so-called rebels, "I don't know what's democratic about taking up arms against your government and then taking tanks and then taking foreign arms as well to wage that."
"Big seat at an empty table" (Scott Taylor, Esprit De Corps):
On July 1, Canada hosted the Royal newlyweds on Parliament Hill and Prime Minister Stephen Harper addressed a red and white flagdraped crowd of approximately 250,000.
Earlier that same day, halfway around the world, another national leader was addressing a similar-sized crowd in the Libyan capital of Tripoli. During his lengthy rant of defiance towards the NATO air strikes and Libyan rebels, President Moammar Gaddafi was heartily cheered by a massive crowd, with many waving the green and white flag of Libya.
On July 8, Gaddafi repeated the feat of amassing a huge mob of support in the city of Sabha, almost 800 kilometres south of Tripoli. Virtually no media coverage was given to these events in Canada, as it seems that we are quite content that our air force is bombing a hated dictator in the name of a humanitarian intervention.I know everyone doesn't say, "Yea! Streaming!" Some can't stream due to computers, some have hearing issues. That's why C.I. always does a transcript of some sort when noting audio. But the above is from Scott Taylor's article on the Libyan War and you can refer to that especially if streaming doesn't help you.
Kevin Pina is guest hosting on Flashpoints Tuesdays through Fridays and he's covering the Libyan War Tuesdays through Thursdays. It airs live at 5:00 pm PST on KPFA.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):