The world will do nothing until its interests are affected. Moral questions are not at all connectecd. It's all about oil and the price of oil.
The horrible truth is that a divided and broken Libya will suit
No we have to have
we have to continue doing that
Please Please people
do not a abandon us. Do more than just watch
and the revolutionaries remind us
is not civil war.
The various countries that colonized North Africa are complicit.
Suddenly the Americans and the rest of them want to do the right thing; Hypocrites, two faced self interested . Empire. What did we expect?
This . ANd nothing else. Who'd have been foolish to believe otherwise
go to Libya.Democracy Now! correspondent Anjali Kamat
spoke to a member of the Libyan opposition in Benghazi
about foreign intervention and a no-fly zone.
ESSAM GHERIANI: Well, I am Essam Gheriani. I am a
field member of the Coalition of the 17th of
February. We keep very close contact with the
transitional—the provisional national council.
ANJALI KAMAT: Can you explain what the position of
the council is on the issue of foreign intervention in
ESSAM GHERIANI: Our position, the provisional
national council’s position, was made very clear
through the request that we put out about five or six
days ago. And it was a very logistical intervention
that included a no-fly zone, imposition of no-fly zone
over Libya, also the bombardment of certain
locations such as the barracks where he keeps his
mercenaries, his Bab al-Azizia compound and other
security forces barracks that he has around Tripoli
and near to Sabha and near to Tripoli, as well. We
did not request, and we insist on not requesting, any
land troops intervention.
ANJALI KAMAT: Do you believe that international
intervention is needed in order to liberate all of
ESSAM GHERIANI: I mean, we’ve been hearing lots of
the European Union and the United States and the
United Nations—I wouldn’t want to say they’re
taking their own sweet time in order to negotiate or
to discuss the Libyan issue. What I would like to—I
would like of them to realize that every day that
goes on, more casualties are falling. And now, with
our small armed forces, the casualties have become
on both sides. As long as this thug is not dealt with
internationally and directly, I think this situation
could go on for a long time, because he’s got the
money, which we don’t, and he’s got the military
equipment that we don’t.
ANJALI KAMAT: And finally, I’ve read a lot of
commentators in the West fearing that what’s
happening in Libya could lead to a civil war erupting
ESSAM GHERIANI: There is no such possibility,
because civil wars needs, I mean, warring parties.
OK, we don’t have any warring parties. We have the
people of Libya on one side against Gaddafi and his
thugs on the other side. That’s what we have.
ANJALI KAMAT: Given that the international
community has long held Muammar Gaddafi to be a
sort of a pariah and imposed sanctions on him
previously, what impact do you think sanctions or an
ICC even an arrest warrant would have on his power?
ESSAM GHERIANI: The military intervention that we
had requested, we are quite confident that the
moment that it is applied, that it is—that a step
towards it is taken, the Gaddafi regime would fall
within 48 hours. We don’t expect it to survive more
than that. It’s just a matter that right now he has
absorbed the first shock of the revolution over the
first week. And now we know that, daily, there are
mercenaries that are coming into Libya from the
south, and he’s moving them towards the north.
Now, it would be a tragedy if the international
community would allow him, through the use of
mercenaries, to retake the country. Do they think
that if he retakes over the country, is there any
moral ground or ethical ground to deal with such a
regime? I don’t know. I don’t think so. And I believe
there isn’t. But some other politicians may look at it
a different way. And I hope that they do not think
that there is ever a possibility to deal with such a
Time is very, very crucial.
Libya is a very small
population, where, I mean, even the death of one
person is a big loss, let alone the death of hundreds.
And today, we’re talking about more than 3,500
deaths that we can assume have taken place. This is
ridiculous. This is shameful for the international
community to allow such a massacre to take place
and keep on taking their own sweet time to discuss
whether to interfere or not to interfere. I think,
morally, they’re obligated to take a quick position and
save this country and put a stop or put an end to the
bloodshed that we’re facing.
______________________________________ Better food banks working out the U.N. than thriving and self sufficient democracies.