Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A constraint that makes no sense

There's an aspect to the U.N. intervention in Libya that doesn't make any sense at all. U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973 calls for taking all necessary measures to protect civilians from being slaughtered by Qaddafi and his forces. Good. Were it not for this intervention, the people who opposed this Stalinesque madman, or were suspected of not supporting him sufficiently, would be doomed to being tortured and butchered. It's unclear why one needs a U.N. Resolution to stop mass murder from being committed, but there it is anyway.

What's bizarre is that Qaddafi himself is supposedly not a target of the intervention. The handwringing in the press, and apparently in government circles, over what to do about Qaddafi makes no sense. "We" at Unforeseen Contingencies respectfully suggest Get him!

There's no dispute - even from Qadaafi himself - that he's behind the extermination of anyone who speaks out against his dictatorship. And this is hardly anything new from him - he's a ruthless and megalomaniacal dictator, bent on protecting and increasing his personal power. Consider his mad scheme in the 1980s to subvert and rule Africa under the guise of a Pan-African Union, his war against Tanzania in attempt to save fellow sociopath Idi Amin, his war against Chad, his war against the West, e.g. the bombings of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie Scotland and UTA Flight 772 over Niger, the murder of London police officer Yvonne Fletcher by Libyan "diplomats" shooting from the embassy, the hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73 in Karachi and subsequent murders of twenty passengers mad scheme... Given all this, and the obvious fact that if he's ever able to do so, he'll murder anyone who opposes his reign, is there any good reason why he's not a primary target of these operations?

Sure, perhaps there are reasons why it would be desirable to put him on trial, so if he can be captured and tried instead of killed, that might make sense (if nothing else, his speeches in his own defense would be source of endless humor...or at least endless). But Qaddafi himself should certainly be a target, and if he cannot be captured he should be blown to bits. He's a sociopathic killer, and one with millions of dollars at his disposal. The world needs to be rid of him, as soon as possible.

I think UN includes two many member states who are doing things to similar to Mr. Qaddafi's policies. Including two states with veto power.
I meant "too similar", of course.
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