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No-Fly Zones Approved in Libya: Doesn’t This Sound Familiar?

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A dangerous dictator? Ruthless and willing to kill his own people? We have heard this one before: Hitler, Stalin, and most recently Saddam Hussein. Everyone in the world wants him out, or so it seems. Apparently, even Arab countries (although unnamed) have approved of his ouster. This sounds conspicuously similar to what happened in Iraq. We had no-fly zones there too once upon a time, and that really worked out well, didn’t it?

If the old adage is correct – history repeats itself – then we are in for a bad case of deja vu all over again in Libya. Everyone knows Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi is a few cards short of a full deck. In fact, he makes North Korean leader Kim Jung-il look like a novice when it comes to crazy. Qaddafi has been in the terror business a long time, going way back to the Pan Am Flight 103 Lockerbie bombing in December 1988. The same things were said about Saddam before we went into Iraq. He was a terrorist and fiend too. The connections are obvious and annoyingly apparent, so what is going on here?

Libya is about the size of Alaska. Can you imagine fighting a war in Alaska inch by inch? Throw in tons of sand from the Sahara. scorching heat, and an indigenous population that hates us as much as they hate Qaddafi, and we have a recipe for disaster. All I keep thinking is no-fly zones today, ground war tomorrow. Yes, Mr. Obama says there will be no troops deployed there. Is that now or ever? Is he crossing his fingers when he is saying this?

So, please, let us stay out of it. It is not our fight. We don’t belong there. We have lost so much in Iraq and Afghanistan and we are still there. We have been at war far too long. Just give us some peace. Let France do this, and Italy, and any Arab country that wants to get in on it. Please, Mr. President, we cannot have another war where our men and women’s blood runs in the desert sands.

This is not our fight, so please let it fall to someone else – anyone else – to take this on. If we get sucked in there, it will be for the long haul again, and yet another generation will be born and know of nothing but being at war. How’s that for a legacy, Mr. Obama?

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About Victor Lana

Victor Lana has published numerous stories, articles, and poems in literary magazines and online. His books In a Dark Time (1994), A Death in Prague (2002), Move (2003), The Savage Quiet September Sun: A Collection of 9/11 Stories (2005) and Like a Passing Shadow (2009) are available online and as e-books. He has won the National Arts Club Award for Poetry, but has concentrated mostly on fiction and non-fiction prose in recent years. He has worked as faculty advisor to school literary magazines and enjoys the creative process as a writer, editor, and collaborator. He has been with Blogcritics since July 2005, has edited many articles, was co-head sports editor with Charley Doherty, and now is a Culture and Society editor. He views Blogcritics as one of most exciting, fresh, and meaningful opportunities in his writing life.
  • Glenn Contrarian

    1. If Obama keeps his word and never sends any ground troops, then I support his actions. It would – as most of us would agree – be a grave strategic mistake to send in ground troops into Libya.

    2. If I had been in his position, I would have done what the Saudis did with Idi Amin. You see, when Idi Amin tried to go back into Uganda, they basically paid him off to stay out and keep out. Which reminds me – I remember reading somewhere that Saddam Hussein offered to leave Iraq if the Bush administration would pay him $1B…but as we all know, that didn’t happen. Frankly, I think that paying Saddam off would have been a heck of a lot cheaper than invading Iraq under false pretenses like we wound up doing….

  • http://viclana.blogspot.com/ Victor Lana

    That sounds like a bargain now, Glenn, but supposedly Qaddafi has billions stashed away someplace, so there’s probably no incentive for him to go quietly.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Then he needs to be shown that the alternative is rather unsavory and quite permanent. He needs to be made an offer he can’t refuse.

  • http://viclana.blogspot.com/ Victor Lana

    Kind of like leave the gun but take the cannoli, huh?

  • Baronius

    If this is the right thing to do, we should have been doing it sooner, back when the revolutionaries appeared to have the upper hand. The worst thing we could do is maintain clear skies over a slaughter.

    I hope the President is acting with sound intelligence, that our effort will be as productive and non-lethal as possible, and that Libya will be better for it.

  • Arch Conservative

    Let’s face it. Those of us posting on BC are nothing but a bunch of armchair quarterbacks as none of us are privy to the intel that the president and the military are.

    That being said I’d rather not see a single drop of blood from another young American solider spilled anywhere in the middle east unless it can be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt with all physical and metaphysical certainty that it is absolutely necessary and vital to the safety and welfare of the American nation and it’s citizens.

  • http://viclana.blogspot.com/ Victor Lana

    I agree, Arch, so let’s look at things: 9/11 was supposedly the reason for us to go into Afghanistan. WMDs were the supposed reason to go into Iraq. I don’t see any reason why we should go into Libya. We didn’t go into the Sudan or other countries with similar atrocities happening. If there is intel, share it with us, or turn our ships around and send them home.

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    From my point of view, this is more distraction than anything else. Egypt is cozying up with Hamas, and essentially preparing to jettison the bullshit treaty with Israel that Egypt has had. Egypt is turning out to be a nasty dictatorship that kills Christians.

    Hamas mortar fire has hit the villages around Gaza, and two Grad missiles hit Ashqelon today. The Egyptians and Hamas are taking advantage of the distraction Obama is providing. We should do likewise and crush Gaza while the Americans are busy protecting the “rights” of Libyan citizens not to be bombed to smithereens by their own leader.

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    Those of us posting on BC are nothing but a bunch of armchair quarterbacks as none of us are privy to the intel that the president and the military are.

    If missiles hit us, we in Samaria will have to get out of our armchairs pretty damned fast – AND MOVE! As for Obama, he looks more and more whacked out with each press conference he gives. What’s the fucker on, anyway?

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    BTW, Victor, that’s a really nice map you posted there….

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Arch #6 –

    True, and true. Well said.

    But doggone it, they should just hand over the American government to those of us who post on BC…with me in charge, of course. But actually, I wouldn’t want to be in charge – instead, I want Karl Rove’s position as the president’s brain…all the power, and none of the responsibility….

  • https://www.facebook.com/#!/dialhaq Native Libyan

    I quote “an indigenous population that hates us as much as they hate Qaddafi” maybe you are right but, Have you EVER considered that you’re wrong about (them hating us) thing?
    It shows me your spectacular lack of vision.