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Published On: Tue, Mar 22nd, 2011

Oh Yeah, and there’s a War in North Africa

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Just when we thought it was safe to start drawing down our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan we are at it again in Libya. “…To the shores of Tripoli!” The last time we actually declared war was on June 5,1942, against Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania. And the last military engagement authorized by Congress in or around Tripoli was in 1802 when Jefferson was President. It was called the “First Barbary War” and it lasted 3 years. So in both instances, Congress was consulted. Here we go again. What are we doing in Libya? Are we doing a humanitarian thing? Or are we protecting corporate interests in Libya, like oil fields. We import about 575 barrels of crude from Libya per day a drop in our energy bucket. However…there’s France and Britain…Speaking of France…led  by France, Western powers are standing firm with a UN Security Resolution to enforce a cease-fire in Libya.  John Boehner (R-OH) said that the U.S. “has a moral obligation to stand with those who seek freedom from oppression and self-government for their people.” Sounds noble enough until we see what is at stake.

French government spokesman François Baroin said, “It was intended to protect the Libyan people and ‘allow them to go all the way in their drive, which means bringing down the Qaddafi regime.’” France relies heavily on Libyan crude as it imported 16 percent in 2010.

Back in the day, before 2004, Libya was a rogue nation, a terrorist hot bed, the place where the Lockerbie bombing sprang among other bombings in the ’80′s and therefore was sanction up the wazzoo by the U.S. and the United Nations…That is until a free-trade lobbying group representing oil interests as well as Halliburton, lobbied successfully for GW Bush to rescind the sanctions on Libya in 2004, and opening it up for commercial interests benefits them too.  They have the largest known oil reserves in Africa.  Coincidence? Not sure, but it sounds like it. So if we are providing a “no fly zone” and are dropping million dollar missiles on the country, doesn’t that mean we are at war. And if we are at war, are we protecting the multinationals that have economic interests in Libya? And if we are, shouldn’t they pay for the million dollar missiles that we have dumped on the country? Just sayin’… Oh yeah, and about the Brits… Britain stands to lose “about £1.5bn of trade in total, of which the largest part is imports of Libyan crude oil and gas into the United Kingdom.”

So what are we doing there? Who will replace the little Colonel? What kind of a government will emerge? And why in the heck did GWB remove the sanctions from Libya in the first place?

and so it goes…


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- A little song, a little dance, a little coffee down your pants... Many, many years in the classroom and now on my own. A chance to think about stuff and how it affects everyone, not just me. Now residing in the Czech Republic