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The Attack on Libya – UN Resolution 1973

Posted in Politics on March 21, 2011 by authorcarloscardoso

The attack on Libya as authorized by UN Resolution 1973 must be viewed through many perspectives. The vote roll call must be examined and we must continue looking into the effects of the vote on many fronts. The UN Security Council resolution was passed by a vote of 10 for, zero against and interestingly 5 abstentions. The 10 countries voting in favor were the US, Britain, and France all permanent members of the UN Security Council. Also voting for the resolution were Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Gabon, Lebanon, Nigeria, Portugal and South Africa, non permanent members. Abstaining were Permanent members, Russia and China along with non permanent members, Germany, Brazil and India. 
            The fact that economically powerful nations such as NATO member Germany along with Russia and China who both have veto power abstain means they allow it but don’t need to be involved, saving them risk and cost. The Arab League is also in favor but their contributions if any are unknown and being doing so anonymously. They voted for a no-fly zone opposed only by Syria and Algeria, reports from the Cairo emergency meeting on March 12,2011 indicate. The Arab League established in 1945 currently has 22 members: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemenreas. These oil-rich nations call for help but must bear the cost especially considering the rising cost of oil. They need to pay us the cost of the use of our expensive weaponry. The Resolution authorizes member states “to take all necessary measures to protect civilians and civilian populated  under threat of attack in the Libyan Arab Jamhariya, including Benghazi, while excluding an occupation force.” Considering their wealth, proximity to the threat and the rebellions they face in their own countries the fact that they are being excluded from the risk and high cost of military action creating the circumstances where our allies can safely patrol the air and control the ground on advancing and defensive positions of the regime is incredulous. We pay for their oil, they can pay for the price of our protection including the care of our wounded veterans and their families including compensation for the loss of life and limb of their loved ones. Our economic situation including our unsustainable debt requires us to be fairly compensated to address our financial issues if we will continually be asked to serve as the world’s policeman.

       The next issue we must be concerned with is that by Russia and China abstaining and staying out of the operation they allow themselves the luxury to condemn our actions. Both Russia and China have already issued statements condeming the violence and alleged loss of civilian lives. The West can then be further demonized to the Arab population as aggressors and invaders. This duplicity on their part is simply unacceptable considering they could have vetoed this action if they were against the action. The coalition must be cognizant of the fact that we must educate the Arab population that we have been supportive of their aspirations to live free. We need to also spread our values of individual human rights so that democracy cannot be used to subjugate the minority groups in these Middle Eastern countries because that is contrary to our American values.

      Lastly we need to consider the actions of the Obama Administration in their differing actions on protests throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa. The protests in Iran were not immediately supported even though they were brutally crushed and the protestors were obviously voicing the will of the Iranian people for the same freedoms from a long term repressive regime with ties to international terrorism. Why were the Iranian people not supported not only by us but by the international community as well?  The Obama Administration was quick to seek the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak a repressive tyrant for sure but an ally in the region, keeping the peace with Israel yet slow to speak out in the Libyan situation and slow to call for the ouster of Colonel Qaddaffi. We also must question how our government can basically support mob rule in the Middle East, in the takeover of  the Wisconsin Statehouse while Democratic senators fled the state to avoid a vote on a bill they did not agree with. While labeling peaceful demonstraters namely Tea Party members as racists and possible terrorists. The final question is who has the right to decide when the international community or outside governments can intervene in internal political turmoil. If the Tea Party were to hold ongoing demonstrations in this country would President Obama voluntarily step down contrary to his actions and if he were to use force to put down these demonstrations would the international community have the right to intervene based on this precedent? This action on our part leaves many unanswered questions with potentially disturbing consequences not only for us but for the world at large.

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Libya and the U.S. Response

Posted in Politics on March 6, 2011 by authorcarloscardoso

The call for the US and our NATO allies to insert ourselves into the civil war raging in Libya is foolish and misguided. This is not a time for us to get involved into what amounts to a no-win scenario. Were the US to get militarily involved we would be accused of meddling in the affairs of a sovereign nation and rightfully so. We are in a financial crisis and should no longer act as the world’s policeman. Let the Arab league, China, Russia or any other foreign entity lead this fight if they feel compelled to do so. It is against our national interests to join the fight on either side. We are naive if we believe that we are encouraging the spread of freedom and democracy in the Middle East and that it is in our best interests. We should be spreading the ideals of personal individual freedom and rights that government must protect, that is the legacy of our American Revolution. Democracy without the pillars of our republic and the concept of God-given rights being endowed directly to each individual is a perversion of who and what we are. The phenomena being witnessed in the Middle East is not a true revolution of the people but a manipulation of the people as a means to an end inconsistent with our values and national security interests.