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Monday, August 22, 2011

Beware high-sounding words masking …

Bombs and Ulterior motives
Edited by Carolyn Bennett

“‘Every blood — every drop of Libyan blood — shed by these rebels is the responsibility of the Western world, and especially NATO’s countries. So we hold Mr. Obama, Mr. Cameron and Mr. Sarkozy morally responsible for every single unnecessary death that takes place in this country.’” [Moussa Ibrahim, information minister in Libya to NATO for backing “rebellion.”]

A Press TV article today ponders NATO’s ulterior motives for invading, drone bombing, destabilizing, overthrowing government, threatening Libya’s  head of state and its citizens, killing them, and destroying the country.

NATO Chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen as a prime minister in Denmark, Press TV reports, was a staunch advocate of war, having expressed unflinching support for the 2003 Iraq war — though he knew Iraq had no “weapons of mass destruction” but the claim was a pretext by Western powers to wage war against Iraq. Today  Rasmussen commits double falsehoods and a doubtful statement of his and NATO’s belief:

“‘(1) Our goal throughout this conflict has been to protect the people of Libya

(2)  That is what we are doing 

(3) Because [NATO believes (?)] the future of Libya belongs to the Libyan people.’”

In view of Rasmussen’s mendacity, the Press TV article says a good question that deserves critical attention is, “How the West will reap benefits from the popular uprising in Libya and the Arab Spring …

“The West is fervently beating its breast for the flourish of the Libyan revolution not because it is after social and political reforms in the world but because it sees in these popular uprisings great opportunities to achieve its long-time goals.…”

Though “it is certainly uplifting to see a dictator go …, it will be more heartwarming to see the NATO forces leave and let people take their fate into their own hands and strive towards a better and brighter future.

Given distant past and more recent performance by NATO and Western war makers — most notably in Iraq, certainly in Afghanistan, covertly in Pakistan — is there any chance that this will happen?

Today in Central/Southwest Asia and North Africa


“NATO warplanes launch massive bombing campaign on Libya’s capital, Tripoli.” 

“Unidentified gunmen in southwestern Pakistan set fire to at least 15 NATO trucks carrying supplies to U.S.-led forces in neighboring Afghanistan. Despite frequent attacks on NATO supply convoys, the U.S. military continues its unauthorized drone bombings on Pakistani territory.

“A non-UN-sanctioned U.S. drone attack in northwestern Pakistan killed at least three people.”

What benefit could possibly be worth so much bloodshed, the West’s causing to be shed so much blood, so much insecurity and misery, so much destruction and destabilization and displacement, so much ultimate resentment and retribution in an endless cycle of violence?

Sources and notes
Headlines for August 22, 2011

“NATO mulling stay in Libya?” http://www.presstv.ir/detail/195183.html
“NATO bombings hit Libyan capital,” August 22, 2011, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/195217.html

“15 NATO tankers torched in Pakistan,” August 22, 2011, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/195185.html

“U.S. drone raid kills 3 in NW Pakistan,” August 22, 2011, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/195224.html


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