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Friday, April 1, 2011

Libya, NATO bombing & role of the Arab League

~ Nations comprising the Arab League

When it comes to NATO (I mean the US) involvement in Libya, most people don't realize it was done under the political cover and blessing of the Arab League who had a falling out with Gaddafi a couple months back and thus, wanted him removed from power, and are using NATO (I mean the US) as military muscle to get the job done

From Al Arabiya, (2/23/11):  "The Arab League earlier suspended the participation of Libya in its council meetings, citing the North African government's crackdown on protesters...  "Libya will be barred from taking part in the Arab League's meetings until leader Muammar Gaddafi responds to the organization's demands,""

What is a bit amusing is how inconsistent their message is- what does the Arab League really want?  What do they really support or condemn when it comes to military action??

Take these three news headlines from 10 days ago...

1)  Arab League condemns broad Western bombing campaign in Libya (Wash. Post) 3/20 - "The Arab League secretary general, Amr Moussa, deplored the broad scope of the U.S.-European bombing campaign in Libya and said Sunday that he would call a league meeting to reconsider Arab approval of the Western military intervention."


2) LIBYA: Arab League head backs off after criticizing airstrikes  (LA Times)  3/21 - "Arab League head Amr Moussa has qualified comments he made criticizing the reported civilian toll from Western airstrikes in Libya, telling reporters in Cairo on Monday that the Arab League and the U.N. Security Council are "united" on the need to protect civilians."


3)  Arab League throws weight behind strikes (Irish Examiner)  3/22 - "Arab League Secretary General Amr Mussa declared his commitment to the UN-mandated action after a meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron."

Kinda pathetic to go from condemnation to throwing 'weight behind strikes' in only 48 hours, don't you think?

Then on March 24...

Arab League Criticizes Libya No-Fly Zone Implementation  (Arab Herald)

~ Nations comprising NATO

Maybe the Arab League is clueless.. 

Or maybe smart as foxes..

West being suckered by Arab League (Toronto Sun) - "The Libyan mission Operation Odyssey Dawn, under UN authority, is a dog's breakfast and nothing good is going to come out of it.  The conniving elite of the Arab League has snookered an ever-ready coalition of western powers to do its bidding. And the western powers (Britain, France, the U.S. and Canada dutifully in tow), with their sights protectively fixed on oil-rich desert patches of the Middle East and North Africa, needed little urging to respond."

"The lives of Arabs and non-Arabs in the region whose countries are members of the league, but lack oil wealth — Yemen, Bahrain, Darfur within Sudan, etc. — are cheap, inconsequential and certainly not worth the expenditure needed to save them from their respective despots.  Similarly, the lives of the poor, beaten and killed by despots — kith and kin of Libya's Gadhafi — in places like Zimbabwe, North Korea and Myanmar, or where democracy movements are openly crushed as in Iran and China, are not worth a dime beyond the merely ritual official regrets announced by western governments. "

And how much has this aggression cost US Taxpayers?

From MoneyWatch (3/29/11): "The military intervention in Libya has cost the Pentagon an extra $550 million so far, mostly for bombs and missiles, officials said Tuesday. As of Monday (3/28/11), the 10th day of the intervention, the U.S. had launched 192 long-range Tomahawk cruise missiles from naval positions in the Mediterranean Sea — at a cost of about $1 million to $1.5 million each. The U.S. also had flown 983 sorties, 370 of those bombing missions against Gadhafi military sites and forces and the rest for surveillance, refueling and so on."

That averages to $55 Million US taxpayer dollars a day..  Today is 4/1/11, so being consistent with the average, another $220 Million has been spent, thus bringing the total in 14 days of bombings to $770 Million--

That's what the US military has become- Guns for Hire.

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