Just a thought- maybe we need to be honest?

I tend to rant and rave and obsess over the news.  This is not always a healthy practice. Heck, it is an horrible practice but the alternative is the cause of so much global grief.  I’m speaking of ignorance via apathy and indifference.  If some people do not resist and refuse to believe the mainstream message which is ALL propaganda. ( learn more> start here> )

targetThe indifferent assumption that ” I’m just one guy, what good can I do?” is simply ostrich strategy.  Rather than watching the NCAA basketball game this morning, I’m watching CNN/CBC /BBC simultaneously to filter ou the bull. I’ve read the UN res yesterday. I have the basics now at least.

“…1986: US launches air strikes on Libya

At least 100 people have died after USA planes bombed targets in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, and the Benghazi region. Around 66 American jets, some of them flying from British bases launched an attack at around 0100hrs on Monday. The White House spokesman, Larry Speakes, has said that the strike was directed at key military sites but reports suggest that missiles also hit Bin Ashur, a densely populated suburb in the capital….President Reagan has justified the attacks by accusing Libya of direct responsibility for terrorism aimed at America, such as the bombing of La Belle discoteque in West Berlin 10 days ago.(BBC)

So we have seen this movie before. 25 years ago we(US+) bombed. Did it stop terrorism? No, it got worse!

Let’s be honest and stop hiding behind UN Security Resolutions. Let’s not disguise our disdain for tyrants as non-existent Al-Quada or WMD issues. Most of all let’s not get into these protracted bloody exchanges that evolve quickly into horrors for the civilian population.  They do not solve anything.I’m not a pacifist. My father was a WWII veteran. My uncle is buried in Italy. Justified or just war however is a very slippery slope.

Let’s be honest. Let’s just take our hi-tech tools and best people and execute the target. Make no apologies. Removing the tyrant who kills his people is the problem, right? So get in there and get it done. If not, at least be honest to the people who are resisting.  Our problem is we are afraid to invest and engage with the rebels because we are worried we may bet on the ‘wrong’ horse. We are so afraid of losing our supply of oil or offending Israel we oscillate about. No one trusts us. We have not been honest. Do we want to remove Ghadafi or not? If so, then back the resistance with action not lip service.

Once we can rebuild some honesty and repair the mess( 50 glorious years without a great war, but a thousand small dishonest ones) maybe we can prevent some of these atrocities by lowering poverty, educating the kids, supporting the women and distributing some of the wealth and freedoms we enjoy. If it means I buy less gadgets, TV’s or Starbucks coffee, so be it. Let’s be honest- we don’t need that junk anyway! -Al SMith


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