I can’t help but feel uneasy at the western intervention currently happening in Libya. On the one hand, it was spiraling out of control: the “rebels” (uhm, shouldn’t we call them freedom fighters?) were apparently being defeated, there were high numbers of casualties, and chronic chaos. Also, Gaddafi announced he would burn/kill/bomb everyone in Benghazi. A lot of people, myself included, wanted intervention simply because we were sure that Gaddafi was crazy enough to kill every single Libyan.
But there are so many problems with intervention.
- Why the fuck did it take the UN/West so long to make a decision? Were they just trying to look like they were doing something, hoping that in the end they wouldn’t have to?
- OR did certain countries want to intervene all along (read: France, US) but were being held back by the mega-bureaucracy that is the UN, as well as countries who did not want to intervene (Germany)?
- No surprise at the Arab countries not doing anything and then agreeing to Western intervention right away. Then again they have a lot of issues to deal with right now.
- Why isn’t the “international community” (read: West) bombing Ivory Coast, Yemen, Syria, etc? Are they not worth the $20 million missiles? Or are they friends of the West? Why Libya, why ONLY Libya?
- Oil? But Libya accounts for 2% of oil production. Then again, the chaos so far has caused oil prices to rise, so they do have influence.
- Problems with the UN resolution: allows for “all necessary measures” – uhm, what? So basically the West can do what it wants? Uh-oh. That never ends well.
- “Ask yourself why the countries that are rushing to “save” Libyans manoeuvered to give Israel maximum time to slaughter Lebanese in 2006.”
A friend of mine put this on facebook:
I want the assault on the Libyan people to end but I can’t trust this violent intervention. The long history of Western interference andhegemony in the region, makes the British, French and American political and strategic motivation for attacking Libya dubious at best.
This sums up perfectly how I feel. Western intervention will ALWAYS be questionable. Why aren’t they intervening in Ivory Coast? Yemen? Bahrain? WHY? Why didn’t they intervene in Rwanda? WHY LIBYA?
Supporting a war just because you can’t think what else to do, doesn’t make the war right, or wise to rush into (avinunu, twitter).
We were all so desperate to make sure Gaddafi didn’t slaughter Benghazi that we literally begged the West/UN (what’s the difference really) to intervene, without thinking of the possible disastrous consequences. Think about it guys: we have just ASKED the West to BOMB a fellow African/Arab country and to take ALL necessary measures to ensure that the leader is ousted.
Why exactly are we trusting the West?
There’s a mortal danger in allowing “The West” to reinforce its arbitrary power to make laws and enforce selectively for the whole world (avinunu, twitter).
Also, I’d recommend this video: Jon Stewart.