Still there… 29 July 2011Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election.
London, UK: Geese preen themselves in St James Park [Andy Rain/EPA]
Richard Seymour, lenin of Lenin’s Tomb, has a piece up in the Comment is Free section of the Guardian… how Qaddafi is stronger. Well, he is certainly still there.
This is the close of the post:
[T]he final justification for this debacle will be that speedy intervention, however half-hearted, prevented a massacre. Now, there may once have been reason to believe this. But there no longer is.
Gaddafi has enough blood on his hands, and deserved to fall to the insurgents, but there’s no reason to submit to war propaganda. In reality, as Amnesty put it, “there is no proof of mass killing of civilians on the scale of Syria or Yemen”. Which is an interesting way of putting it. It’s no secret that the coalition that was supposedly preventing a genocidal bloodbath in Libya was actually behind much of the bloodshed in Yemen. This completely demolishes the last leg of the moral case for war [not that there ever was a legitimate moral basis for aerial bombing and intervention in Libya... - Mcat]. The “humanitarian interventions” of the 1990s left the US in a stronger position, both geopolitically and ideologically. I’m not convinced that this will be the result of the bombing of Libya.
In fact, if there was any idea that the US could offer an alternative model of development for the populations of the Middle East, it now lies in ruins. It is more than unfortunate that Libya had to be reduced to ruins for this to become apparent.