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.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi,Ted,
I'm the flip flopping liberal. President Obama's actions in Libya seem cautious and prudent, as he often does. I agree that France's proximity to Libya makes it a more natural responder in this situation, and the Arab League's position is important, too. Deep down in my black heart I believe that the very conservative waited until Obama acted so they would know what to condemn him for.
Best,
Jenny

Ted Leddy said...

Hi Jenny

Thanks very much for commenting on Gubu World. I must try to steel a few more of Roberts readers.

You have given a sound analysis of the situation. The truth is, in the same way as many hated Bush, many hate Obama. Personally I try to focus on the issues. I think the President is a reckless spender but on the international front he has done well in Libya, Afghanistan and Pakistan. But it will be a cold day in hell before some people will acknowledge that.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with you. It looks like impending slaughter was ultimately avoided... A good world conscience, helped on by the UN on display here.

eoghan

loving the posts, its unfortunate that youve so much to correspond on these days

Ted Leddy said...

Thanks Eoghan

For some people, acknowledging it is like swallowing glass. But it is clear, the west intervened militarily to protect civilians.