Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist
poliphilo

Shameful And Disgusting

We armed Gaddafi- knowing the kind of thing he was- and now we're disarming him. We gave him the means to tyrannise over his people and now we're taking it away. Those are our toys on the ground we're destroying with our newer toys in the air. 

The use of air power is always disgusting. The boys on the ground- hapless tools of the dictator- didn't stand a chance.  But air power is all the Libyan rebels want from us. If we level the playing field which our arms dealers made uneven they'll do the rest. They don't want British or French or American troops showing up in their towns. And if they did they'd fight them. We get to do the dirty work and they'll do the stuff on the ground that involves personal heroism and gains the glory. We'll have won the war for them but it'll be the native-born who get to run up the flags over Gaddafi's compound. It's they who'll get the victory parades. They're using us, even as they despise us- which is fair return for the way we've used and despised them whilst clutching their mad-dog of a dictator to our greedy bosoms.

There's nothing about the war in Libya that isn't shameful and disgusting. It is shameful and disgusting that we kill from the air. It is shameful and disgusting that we are trying to destroy a ruler we were flattering only a few months back. It is shameful and disgusting that we are doing this in league with other Arab regimes (the Saudis for instance) who are just as foul as Gaddafi.
 
Everything about this war is shameful and disgusting- and redounds to our dishonour.  The only comfort is that it would have been even more shameful and disgusting to have let Gaddafi win.
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