US Hands Off Libya!

The following article from Jonathan Wright makes the valid point that the US should not intervene to “help” the Libyan people. I wholeheartedly agree! But for different reasons: I understand the US (and EU) to be imperialist powers that strive to dominate the resources of the “3rd world” (to use an imprecise term). Their preferred mode of doing this since World War 2 and the collapse of colonialism, is to use puppet dictatorships which they heavily arm ( a recent posting estimated that the EU has annually sold Libya around a billion $ a year for some time). Now that this system is collapsing, it is “unrealistic” to expect that the puppet master will be of any help. Clearly what Clinton has in mind is to facilitate an “orderly transition” to a “responsible” ruler who will keep the existing structure in place. To expect the power that supports the monarchies in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain, and the Gulf to facilitate a democratic transition that would actually transfer power to the people, is to expect the wolf to lie down with the lamb peacefully.

US also needs to show some self-restraint

from Jonathan Wright by Jonathan
It’s a very bad idea for the United States to intervene in Libya and I have no doubt that no one  credible in the Libyan opposition will accept such an offer. “We’ve been reaching out to many different Libyans who are attempting to organize in the east and, as the revolution moves westward, there as well. I think it’s way too soon to tell how this is going to play out, but we’re going to be ready and prepared to offer any kind of assistance that anyone wishes to have from the United States,” said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The last thing any Arab rebellion (and that is what we have in Libya) needs is the kiss of death that any association with the United States would bring. If the US administration is reacting to domestic pressures, as it did in the case of its decision to veto the UN Security Council resolution on Israeli settlements, then it should resist the temptation. Even the vague offer could do damage. Who is giving advice to these US officials, and what is driving them?
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