‘Noble’ War In Libya

Thanks to Tunny Griffiths for these links from an excellent organisation called Media Lens

Part 1 – http://medialens.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=608:noble-war-in-libya-part-1&catid=24:alerts-2011&Itemid=68
Part 2 – http://medialens.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=1&Itemid=8

This in depth analysis of the intervention in Libya is spot on.
It also underlines the way our dependence on fossil fuels distorts our morality (something in common with the closer-to=home fracking issue).

Here is a small extract to whet your appetite:

The claim of noble intent is challenged by Western indifference to mass killing in Yemen and Bahrain using Western weapons. Cockburn writes in the Independent:

The worst verifiable atrocity in the Arab world in the past week was not in Libya but in Yemen, where pro-government gunmen machine-gunned an unarmed demonstration last Friday, killing 52 people.

Asked whether the United States still supported Yemens dictator, Ali Abdullah Saleh, or if it was time for him to go, US defence secretary Robert Gates said:

I don’t think it’s my place to talk about internal affairs in Yemen.

Saleh is an ally of the US against al-Qaeda, Eugene Robinson observes in the Washington Post, and therefore, is a useful tyrant. He gets nudges, not bombs.

He better remain so, as look what happened to Saddam Hussein when he stopped being a useful tyrant to West.

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