In early September, the top commander of the RTC announced that Sirte would be taken by forceif the town failed to surrender. There were pro Gaddafi forces in the city. But city officials,separate from those forces, tried to negotiate a peaceful end to the threatened siege.
Unfortunately, the residents and their representatives lacked the power to do the one thing thatwas needed to save their lives, surrender Gaddafi. For this, the town was demolished by NATO
bombings and many were injured or killed.
Civilization in the balance
The statement by Syrian opposition activist, Louay Hussein,supporting due process of law and
basic human rights stands in stark contrast to the entirety of President Obama's statement on thesame day Gaddafi was murdered. Louvay's long time opposition to violence as a means of change is not at all apparent by Obama's behavior as a leader. Obama increased fighting inAfghanistan along with troops. Libya is the Nobel Peace Prize winner's second major descentinto violence, this time through the NATO proxy. In his October 20 statement from the WhiteHouse, Obama said:"So this is a momentous day in the history of Libya. The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted.And with this enormous promise, the Libyan people now have a great responsibility -- to buildan inclusive and tolerant and democratic Libya that
stands as the ultimate rebuke to Qaddafi’s
dictatorship." President Barack Obama, October 20
Obama pairs lifting the "dark shadow of tyranny" with the death of Gaddafi and then lectures theLibyan people about inclusivity and tolerance. What an odd world view this is. Libyan cities arein ruin, thousands are dead, many more injured, and the city where
the dark shadow
was lifted isdevastated. Is it
to blow a people and city to bits because they won't surrender? Is it
to kill off citizens simply because they're in the former leader's hometown?Who would fail to get the message? When the president says your time is up, you're in serioustrouble. Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein were both cooperative members of the U.S.-NATO teamat different points in their careers. Yet both Iraq and Libya were attacked, their populationravaged, and, after the destruction of people and infrastructure, the leaders were captured andkilled.Where will it end?When will someone in leadership stand up and say that behaving in a brutish, violent, anduncivilized fashion is immoral, repulsive, and unacceptable. Representatives Ron Paul (R-TX)and Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) have said just that, as have others.They're ignored by their
political peers and ridiculed by the corporate media. There is a deafening silence among those inthe power structure and their patrons. They miss this simple point. This is not about who Gaddafiis. It's about who we are and how our good name is hijacked by leaders who order violencewithout any restraint.For decades, the strength and humanity of the nation has been siphoned off to support theseoverseas adventures concocted by presidents of limited vision and intellect, bereft of any