Wednesday, March 23, 2011
It could have been Iraq in 1991
For the cynics who say that this latest intervention in Libya is only about selfish western capitalist interests, I suggest they watch this video below posted by Gary in his excellent post comparing the uprising in Libya with the Iraqi uprising of 1991. The harrowing video shows rare footage of the Shia uprisings in Karbala, Basra and Najaf that followed Saddam Hussein's defeat in the first Gulf War. The unimaginable terror that grips these cities when they are surrounded by Saddam's Republican Guard as he prepares to enact his revenge on his disloyal subjects is truly spine chilling. It is very important to remember that last Friday, Colonel Gadaffi's forces were 24 hours away from retaking Benghazi where upon they would have inflicted a similar revenge to that of Saddam in 1991. And make no mistake, he would have. You do not seize control of a massive oil rich nation like Libya, at age 27 and hold it for 41 years without having a capacity for cruelty so intense that regular people could not possibly imagine it. The allies did the right thing.