Al Qaeda In Libya?

I tweeted about this just earlier today.

There is a good chance NATO pressure will encourage Libyan tyrant Moammar Gadhafi to leave power, the U.S. NATO commander told Congress Tuesday, but the opposition that could come in the Libyan leader’s wake has “flickers” of al Qaeda.While there is a wide range of possible outcomes in Libya, running from a static stalemate to Gadhafi cracking, there is a “more than reasonable” chance of Gadhafi leaving power, Adm. James Stavridis said before the Senate Armed Services Committee,

But potential “flickers” of al Qaeda and Hezbollah elements have been seen in intelligence regarding the Libyan opposition, which is poised to take power if Gadhafi leaves, Stavridis said. However, he added there is no evidence of a significant presence of al Qaeda or other terrorist groups. Stavridis is also the commander of U.S. European Command.

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It would seem that NATO is gearing up for the long haul.  Of course, I am a poor fortune teller.  But there seems to be a rush of NATO forces, and a rush to claim “Al Qaeda”.

In Egypt and Tunisia, you had rebellion that was not only successful, but it was led entirely by a grassroots, “People” level.  The US was told to not even bother getting involved, that this was THEIR moment.  To be honest, it made me proud for humanity.  After seeing what looked like a complete surrendering of morale by the Iraqi’s, I had begun to question just how feisty the spirit of the Muslim people was.

But in Libya you had neither element.  The rebels were being clobbered and cried out for help from NATO.  In so doing, a deal with the devil was made.  It is well known how the US (and other western forces) tend towards economic imperialism.  Sure they will involve themselves in helping with your humanitarian crisis.  But ask the Afghani’s or Iraqi’s how that has worked out for them.  Or even worse, ask the Somalians and elder Afghani’s (that were there when we abandoned them in the late 80’s).

Smedley Butler elucidates this quite well, even though his words come from so far in the past:

WAR is a racket. It always has been.

It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.

A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small “inside” group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.

In the World War [I] a mere handful garnered the profits of the conflict. At least 21,000 new millionaires and billionaires were made in the United States during the World War. That many admitted their huge blood gains in their income tax returns. How many other war millionaires falsified their tax returns no one knows.

How many of these war millionaires shouldered a rifle? How many of them dug a trench? How many of them knew what it meant to go hungry in a rat-infested dug-out? How many of them spent sleepless, frightened nights, ducking shells and shrapnel and machine gun bullets? How many of them parried a bayonet thrust of an enemy? How many of them were wounded or killed in battle?

Out of war nations acquire additional territory, if they are victorious. They just take it. This newly acquired territory promptly is exploited by the few — the selfsame few who wrung dollars out of blood in the war. The general public shoulders the bill.

And what is this bill?

This bill renders a horrible accounting. Newly placed gravestones. Mangled bodies. Shattered minds. Broken hearts and homes. Economic instability. Depression and all its attendant miseries. Back-breaking taxation for generations and generations.

For a great many years, as a soldier, I had a suspicion that war was a racket; not until I retired to civil life did I fully realize it. Now that I see the international war clouds gathering, as they are today, I must face it and speak out.

Butler called himself the thug for the biggest racket on Earth.  The only thing that really changes is the players.

Perhaps this will serve as a reminder to the Muslim people why they distrusted us in the first place.  The leaders they wish to oust rule with US blessing.  Accepting our help will only drive their debt deeper, and give rise to a new US puppet leader.

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