2011/03/17

Hope and Fear... .

Anjali Kamat is an independent radio and print journalist and a producer for Democracy Now!.
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  1. Hope and Fear with #Libya's Rebels, my piece in @theindypendenthttp://is.gd/HDhG6t
  2. Anjali Kamat Writes  that the citizens of Libya 




    "(They)  know full well that a no-fly zone won’t necessarily clinch the battle for them and could backfire. Like the courageous protesters throughout North Africa and the Middle East, they want the victory to be their own, achieved without outside help. 

    Everywhere in the East, large banners oppose foreign military intervention.

     But as the death toll rises, the Libyan call for a no-fly zone is a desperate attempt to buy time.

    The anti-imperialist arguments against imposing a no-fly zone are many and convincing. 

    Given the appalling track records of those within the United States and Europe who are loudest in their calls for intervention, it might be tempting to dismiss those inside Libya who are calling for a no-fly zone as naïve, or worse, stooges of U.S. empire. 


    But the challenge for those who oppose Western intervention is how to show meaningful solidarity with a people engaged in a nationwide struggle for liberation. 


    In the words of one Benghazi resident I spoke to: “What’s happening today here in Libya and across the Arab world is a struggle to achieve the real end of colonialism, to finally rid ourselves of authoritarian rulers who are unaccountable to their people and have been propped up by foreign powers.”



    Anjali Kamat is an independent radio and print journalist and a producer for Democracy Now!.