Global Research TV & Friends Committee on National Legislation – 2011-09-03 13:13:06
Tripoli BEFORE and AFTER
GRTV / Global Research TV
(September 2, 2011) — Two million people in Tripoli, many of whom are Gaddafi supporters. NATO brings boatloads of rebels knowing full well a bloodbath was the only possible outcome.
Think about it. Gaddafi is gone from Tripoli. The “liberators” allegedly control Tripoli. Why is the conflict not over? Why are civilians dying, being tortured, being forced to lie in front of cameras? This should be a time for celebration if these rebels were true liberators.
Nothing on NATO news about the majority of the population of Tripoli being terrorized by terrorists. They refer to civilians as “Gaddafi loyalists.”
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Libya and NATO: Failing to Protect
Friends Committee on National Legislation
On March 19, 2011 the UN Security Council passed a resolution to establish a no-fly zone over Libya. The preceding weeks had seen a largely non-violent movement escalate into a civil war.
Fearing that a massacre of civilians was imminent in the city of Bengazi, the US began a bombing campaign to try to drive back forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi. NATO has since taken over leadership of enforcing the no-fly zone with the US providing critical support.
Many in Washington claim the military intervention was a necessary measure to protect civilians. However, FCNL believes it illustrates all too clearly why military force is a poor instrument for saving lives.
It is an oxymoron to use a military intervention for humanitarian purposes. Military interventions tend to escalate and prolong violence while undermining efforts to broker political solutions and promote sustainable peace.
At the time of writing, a military stalemate remains between the rebels and the Libyan government’s army, and the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate. Meanwhile, the cost of US military intervention is nearing $1 billion and the mission has morphed into regime change.
While the Obama administration has described these ongoing military operations as “genocide prevention,” FCNL believes that this use of military force illustrates instead the urgent need to strengthen civilian capacities and transform US foreign policy to help avert crises through nonviolent means.
As the war in Libya enters its fifth month, Congress has fiercely debated the military intervention. The House rejected legislation authorizing US military action in Libya in support of the NATO intervention. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved similar legislation, S. J. Res 20, but the full Senate has not yet voted on the bill. Please urge your senators to oppose S. J. Res 20.
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