[HCCN] Fwd: Time for peace movement to unite on Libya
JUDY at ROBBINSandROBBINS.com
Fri Mar 25 08:10:30 EDT 2011
> From: "Doug Rawlings" <rawlings at vfpmaine.org>
> a note from the author:
> I know the Libyan attack has divided the peace movement, but now
> the situation is becoming clearer. What is really happening is
> starting to be reported. If you supported the no fly zone, I hope
> as you read the article below that you will reconsider. The facts
> are becoming more clear and it is evident this is not about
> democracy nor about a no fly zone. It is becoming a western
> intervention into Libya where there is a civil war between rebels
> and the Gadhafi Regime. It will not just be a few days, nor will
> it be limited to air strikes. There are reports that the U.S. has
> had troops on the ground since the end of February and now has
> 2,000 marines in Libya -- and more to come. National Guard troops
> are getting ready to deploy to Libya as well.
> Once again, lies and manipulations, playing on fears have led to
> another war. It is time for the peace movement to unite in
> opposition to this war.
> If You Supported the No Fly Zone, Time to Reconsider
> The Attack on Libya is Not Merely a No Fly Zone—But an Intervention
> Into Libya
> By Kevin Zeese
> It was hard for some peace activists to look at the planned attack
> by Col. Gadhafi on Libyan rebels and oppose the no fly zone
> approved by the U.N. Col. Gadhafi is a vicious leader who promised
> to make the streets run red with blood so this was an issue that
> divided the peace community.
> Regardless of how you felt about the original no fly zone, how you
> feel about the Gadhafi regime or the armed rebels fighting it, we
> should all recognize that the United States, United Kingdom and
> France are going further than a no fly zone and are intervening in
> a civil war for their own reasons that have nothing to do with
> defending democracy or other humanitarian goals. Already we are
> seeing evidence of the broader mission beyond a no fly zone and
> beyond what President Obama said would be a few days with no troops
> on the ground.
> - While in Egypt this week Secretary Gates hinted that the war in
> Libya may be open-ended.
> - There is confusion about the goals in Libya. Does it include
> removal of Gadhafi as President Obama and Secretary Clinton have
> said? Putting in place a democracy? Reaching those goals is beyond
> the UN mandate and will get the U.S. into another quagmire.
> - While President Obama promised no troops on the ground in Libya,
> there are reports that there are already 2,000 marines on the
> ground in Libya.
> - Special Forces are developing a role in Libya. Even before the UN
> resolution there were reports of U.S. “advisors” on the ground in
> Libya in early March and Special Forces fighting with rebels in
> late February, a month before the mandate.
> - The U.S. is planning on sending National Guard troops to Libya.
> Is a longer war planned than has been admitted?
> - It is becoming more evident that this is a foreign intervention
> into a civil war and we've had enough experience with that to know
> that it will not end well. And, there is strong evidence that if
> this is not already one, it will become a civil war because of
> foreign intervention.
> - Due to the expansion of the attack beyond a no fly zone, which
> the Arab League originally called for, the Arab League now opposes
> the intervention because it is not a legitimate “no fly zone.” As
> the Arab League president said, “What is happening in Libya differs
> from the aim of imposing a no-fly zone, and what we want is the
> protection of civilians and not the bombardment of more civilians.”
> - The “hidden agenda” of oil is rearing its ugly head again. Would
> the U.S. be in Libya if it produced asparagus? Why isn’t the U.S.
> opposing dictators in Bahrain, Yemen and Saudi Arabia? Now that the
> Libyan Air Force has been made unable to fight, what is the purpose
> of the ongoing bombardment?
> - And, how many civilians will the U.S. kill to save civilians from
> being killed? Already there are reports of widespread civilian
> deaths as well as mistaken civilian deaths. Secretary Gates’ denial
> of civilian deaths are hard to believe when nearly 200 missiles
> have been launched into Libya.
> The Libyan attack raises a persistent issue in U.S. foreign policy.
> The U.S. trained the Libyan military and provided them with
> weapons, including $15 million in arms sales in FY 2009 alone. Now
> the U.S. military is destroying that same military and the weapons
> the U.S. sold them. Should the U.S., the largest arms merchant in
> the world which sells nearly 70% of all weapons, be selling weapons
> to despots, dictators and royalists who do not have the support of
> their people? Doesn’t this ensure rebellions seeking democracy will
> be met with lethal force and the U.S. may need to intervene for
> “humanitarian” reasons? President Obama has produced record arms
> sales, in particular the largest arms sale in history to one
> country with $60 billion in sales to Saudi Arabia, another
> unpopular regime among its people.
> Finally, the Constitutional issue of unilateral military attacks on
> countries that are not a threat to the United States was violated
> by the attack on Libya and needs to be faced up to. When he was
> running for office, candidate Obama correctly said: “The President
> does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally
> authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve
> stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.” James
> Madison, the father of the U.S. Constitution wrote in 1795 that
> Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, which put the power to
> declare war and fund war in the hands of the legislature, was the
> most important clause of the constitution.
> “The Constitution expressly and exclusively vests in the
> Legislature the power of declaring a state of war [and] the power
> of raising armies. A delegation of such powers [to the president]
> would have struck, not only at the fabric of our Constitution, but
> at the foundation of all well organized and well checked
> governments. The separation of the power of declaring war from that
> of conducting it, is wisely contrived to exclude the danger of its
> being declared for the sake of its being conducted.”
> The founders had seen monarchs unilaterally declare war resulting
> in mass deaths and economic ruin. Indeed, the U.S. with an already
> fragile economy and stretched thin military faces those risks with
> the Libyan war. Already the U.S. has used more than 150 Tomahawk
> Cruise missiles against Libya, each one costing $1.5 million. On
> the first day the U.S. spent an estimated $100 million on the
> Libyan attack. And, people are estimating that the U.S. will spend
> $1 billion in Libya in a very short time. This will all be borrowed
> money and comes at a time when austerity measures are being put in
> place by state and federal governments cutting basic services.
> Please call President Obama and give him your thoughts about Libya.
> Tell him to avoid mission creep and another military quagmire. The
> White House switchboard is 202-456-1414.
> Kevin Zeese is co-founder of Voters For Peace and directs Come Home
> America which brings people from across the political spectrum to
> oppose war and empire.cal spectrum to oppose war and empire.
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