It's Just About Over
©14 March, 2011, Pirate Joe.
It was a
beautiful dream...yet another brutal dictator swept away by the tide of
freedom in the Middle East. But this one looks like it is not meant to
be. Muammar Gidhafi has unleashed a juggernaut onslaught on the
revolutionaries and the tide has turned. The revolutionaries, vallient
as they are, are no match for Gidhafi's air force. If ever there was a
dictator who didn't care how much blood was spilled, that dictator is
Muammar Gidhafi. He will retain power; and if you think you have seen a
blood bath now, just wait.
It didn't have
to be that way. With a little help, the revolutionaries could have
swept this vile pig from power. With a little help, the Libyan people
could have been on their way to determining their own course. With a
doesn't sway our government. Genocide doesn't sway Bill Clinton clone
Obama (remember Bosnia?) to intervene on behalf of the freedom
fighters. What do we stand for? What do we care about? Do we have a
national soul? Do the terms freedom and self-determination mean
anything at all to our leaders? The people of Libya are fighting for
freedom, democracy, free elections, self-determination and an end to
dictatorship. Obama says Gidhafi "must go" knowing full well that he
will do nothing to help the freedom fighters and that any response will
come after Gidhafi' s re-assertion of power is a fait accompli. Gee, we wanted to help, but it just
took too long... oh, well.
One could make
the argument that despite the fact that we have had an ever widening
network of instant communications since the telegraph (1837), that
diplomacy still seems to take almost as long as when you had to put
your diplomatic communications on a windjammer and wait a year for a
reply. The telegraph, telephone, radio, international short wave radio,
modern newspapers, satellite communications, cell phones and the
Internet have all, over the decades, put the people ever further ahead
of governments when it comes to reacting to urgent situations. You
can't mull it over anymore: even if you do nothing it is seen as a
reaction and a declaration of your position. Obama has decided that
despite the bloodshed, despite Pan AM flight 103, despite genocide:
Muammar Gidhafi should stay on.
And so he will.
The nightmares unfolding in Japan will provide ample cover in the news.
Muammar Gidhafi will be the one who breaks the winning streak of the
revolutionaries in the Middle East and kings, dictators and despots
will rejoice. (note what side Saudi Arabia is taking in another Middle
solution is to go after Gidhafi himself- we can do that with our
Predator jets and let the Libyan people take it from there. The no-fly
zone, while not the best alternative is better than nothing but time is
running out, perhaps has already run out. Obama will do nothing ( I
hope I'm wrong, but I know I'm not) and in so doing stand with the
dictators. Moral bankruptcy seems like too weak a term. A hard rain is
truly "a-gonna fall".