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Our Involvement in Libya (Truth in Advertising?)Bob Collinsworth Salem-News.com
It is the citizens of the world who ultimately have to pay the price for any action such as this...
(HARRISVILLE, N.H.) - When the news of the most recent wholesale atrocities perpetrated by Gaddafi regime on the people of Libya first broke, I wondered whether the world powers would step in to stop the slaughter we all knew would come. Like many others throughout the world, I was relieved to see that U.S., British, French, and some of the Arab countries had decided to intervene in a multilateral effort.
The initial announcement that this would be a “Limited Campaign” with the sole intent of “protecting Libyan civilians” made political sense and in my opinion, intervention certainly was the right thing to do. I felt that we went about this effort in the right way and that the world, for once, had agreed upon what needed to be done and why it needed to be done. The problem I had with this was in how it was projected to the people of the United States.
It was not very long after I had begun to feel good about what we were doing when I heard both our President and secretary of State make a statement to the effect that “Gaddafi must go”. Now to me, a “Limited Campaign to protect Libyan civilians” implies a police action of sorts while ousting a regime is implies that we now were, in essence, declaring war on the existing government of yet another country. There are those who would say, “Of course the Gaddafi regime must go because until it does, Libyan civilians will never be safe”.
That is a statement, based on history, that is impossible to argue with. I think most individuals with any level of common sense knew from the beginning that this had to be. Still, I have to believe that our government also knew from the beginning that we would be getting involved in yet another war rather than just a “Limited Campaign to protect Libyan civilians”.
Once again, misleading information was fed to U.S. citizens. Once again, the government was deciding not just which information was good for its citizens but how much information was good for its citizens.
Folks, we are the people whose children are being sent to fight in these wars and potentially die in these wars. We are the people whose children have to potentially take the lives of other children from other countries and then learn to live with those actions later. We are the people whose taxes pay to snuff-out those lives. I am not saying that military intervention is never justified. I am simply saying that our government should recognize that we have a right to know the truth of any situation and we have a right to know it “up-front” and “crystal-clear”. I do not care if it is more politically expedient to announce that we are getting involved in a “Limited Campaign to protect Libyan civilians” than to say we are getting involved in a “war against the government of Libya”.
It is the citizens of the world who ultimately have to pay the price for any action such as this... a price paid in human pain, suffering, and death and yes, sometimes it is worth paying that price. However, the people of the world certainly have a right to know exactly what kind of pig is in the poke they are being asked to buy before agreeing to the purchase... but that is just my opinion!
Writer Robert Collinsworth is an American who isn't hesitant to talk about the good side of his country, and that is a welcome thing in this day and age. Salem-News.com admittedly, is very critical of both American politics, as well as those of other nations that we perceive is being wrong in their motives and actions. At the same time, within these structures we criticize, are many outstanding people who make each day a better place for all those around them. They embody and personify the American spirit that is sometimes fleeting, but always present.
These are some of the things Robert takes into account when writing commentary that is designed reach people, to "get them thinking" in his words, and indeed it does. Salem-News.com's goal is for all people to be on the same page, we appreciate Bob's more conservative approach toward that same goal."
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