I don't blog on Thursdays but I wanted to include that because it's Michael Parenti and he's really saying some important things.
"The rape of Libya" (Bill Van Auken, WSWS):
Five days after “rebels” entered Tripoli, under the cover of NATO bombing and led by foreign special forces, the abject criminality of imperialism’s takeover of Libya is becoming increasingly evident.
Fighting continues to rage throughout the Libyan capital, whose two million residents have been made hostages of the armed gangs and Western special forces troops that have seized control of the city’s streets.
The focus of NATO operations has become a frantic effort to hunt down and murder Muammar Gaddafi, who has ruled the country for 42 years. A $2 million bounty has been placed on his head, and the British media now openly boast that SAS special forces troops are leading the search for him and his family. A vast array of US armed Predator drones, AWACS spy planes and other surveillance equipment has been concentrated on the North African country to facilitate the manhunt.
The Libyan War continues. The 'rebels' have not won. They would never have made it into Tripoli were it not for the non-stop NATO bombings. This was not a civil war, it was a war on the people of Libya brought to you primarily by the United States, England and France.
"The Fall of the Qaddafi Regime in Libya . . . and the Hand of the U.S. and NATO" (Larry Everest, World Can't Wait):
Of all the facts in this post, I'd say the two most important are the number of strike missions and the cost of the Libyan War.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):