I try to stay away from politics on this blog and just watch events and patterns, but I have to say this.
When the genocide in Darfur began in 2004, the UN and the US turned a blind eye to rape, genocide, and Sudanese planes bombing rebel villages. They actively stayed out of it. The Bush administration had a long record of avoiding the issue and ignoring it in any significant way as it was happening.
Now, perhaps it is the current administrations position to take issues such as this more seriously than the previous administration did, but we have Republicans such as John McCain advocating for military intervention in Libya. Others have advocated restraint.
Still yet, of all the civil wars with human rights atrocities at the center, why have we seen increasing rhetoric and pressure to intervene with military action?
Right now troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have entered Bahrain, at the invitation of the Bahrain government and enacted of martial law to control protesters there. The army is openly shooting protesters there.
Why would be care about Libya when the same thing is happening in numerous other places all over the globe? Why do we move so quickly in this instance and not the others?
Libya has the largest proven oil reserves in Africa but most analysts agree that the country is still underexplored.
There is a long list of pros and cons for intervention, and this cheat sheet for the main arguments bears reading, but I cannot see how it would be anything but detrimental for the US to over extend itself and enter yet another country in the Middle East.
Despite the sadness and suffering of the people there, this is their war. My heart breaks for those people. It really does. However, the fact remains, there are many others in which we have taken no action. Why set foot in another Muslim quagmire when it’s obvious we are at an impasse in Iraq and Afghanistan?
Say no to the no-fly zone. Say no to more American soldiers in Middle Eastern countries. It’s not about protecting civilians from Qadafi. The US government doesn’t give a shit about civilians. We care about controlling the oil supply.
Just. Say. No.