The Soldier Ants are on the Move Again!

"He loves me, he loves me not!"

Sorry, Muammar, that was then!
Sorry, Muammar, that was then!

Fi-Fi-Fo-Fum: Let's bomb the nasty son of a gun!

Aren't these war-games becoming wearingly repetitive and boringly predictable?

The "Allies" have shaken the hat again and picked one of the world's nasty little dictators to have a go at. This time, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, who no one likes very much today (despite arming him and befriending him for 40 years).

It is the lopsidedness of these "wars" that disturbs me. Watching the storm-clouds of ships and planes gathering in and around the Med., when several of the countries involved could defeat Libya alone without breaking a sweat.

The US pretends it is playing a minor role this time, but we all know American technology is the organizing force behind the scenes and probably much of the attack force as well. If you left it to the French and Brits they would either bomb the wrong country or run into each other all over the place in their aging aircraft. The Italians couldn't win a war against a girl's hockey team; the Spanish have proved they have no stomach for a fight if the enemy turns round and says "boo" to them. Why Canada is there is a mystery to everyone and probably to their pilots, too. Germany, perhaps trying to prove they aren't the most jingoistic and warlike people in the universe, have decided to opt out for once.

Meanwhile, the starving and oppressed millions in the south of Africa look on wonderingly as the whole world swoops on their northern neighbours while the world's really awful dictators grin and count the charity money we keep sending because we haven't the stomach to really stand up to them, and they haven't got any spoils of war, such as oil or gas, that would be any good to us anyway.

We don't even know who we are fighting for! Who and what is this motley crew of AK47 waving "rebels?" Aren't we jumping out of the fry-pan with Gaddafi in order to help Al-Qaeda take over the country? Gaddafi says we are, not that anyone takes his word for much. They don't seem to have any leaders or chain of command; there seems an awful lot of green-flagged Gaddafi supporters and it's hard to believe they are all Gaddafi stooges.

I love the way Obama and Cameron, etc., keep emphasizing, with steely noble gaze, that, "we absolutely won't be sending in any ground troops." The inference is this is the wish of the Libyan people, not that it would be political suicide to have to report the deaths of more American and British troops to add to the weekly toll from Afghanistan and Iraq.

I will eat my laptop if we think we can subdue Gaddaffi and his supporters in a country 5 times larger than Germany by dropping bombs and rockets on some of his replaceable infrastructure. Heck, the place is so flat and dry, planes can take off from anywhere with a few hours preparation.

Don't you think this old desert fox has some tunnels dug in the mountains and hidden bases where he can retreat to when necessary? No one has actually seen him for a few days, maybe he is hiding now a-la-Bin Laden.

Osama Bin Laden must be watching this with interest. If we do manage to depose Gaddafi without actually killing him (and we will be trying to get him for sure), one scenario would see him and his nationalistic sons joining up with Osama and planning revenge by terrorism, something he has already proved effective at.

What makes Gaddafi much worse than our leaders who watch pensioners struggle against rising inflation; saddle students with loans that will burden some for life; spend millions of taxpayer’s money on two people of privilege getting married; grind the poor to the wall with added taxes because of "the mess the country is in," while allowing politicians, bankers, sport’s leaders and other assorted greed-crazed swine to get away with stealing billions practically unchecked? We know why they do it, they are part of the same club. the "you scratch my back and I'll give you campaign funds” fratenity.

But Cameron, the Froggie bloke and Obama can now. apparently, afford billions again to send "weapons of mass destruction" half way round the world. It's OK, they will not be in danger or ever have to pay for it, that will be the burden of the taxpayer again.

The last time we said we were only going to bomb a country and not send in troops, the resulting conflict lasted 12 years!

And have you seen any Arab planes yet? I haven't, yet they signed up to attack Gaddafi. Maybe they are thundering westward on camel-back carrying personal missile-launchers. Or could they be sniggering as the way is paved for another Islam state? We'll never know; we're just the suckers paying for all their war-games again.

How many peons in tattered rags are we going to kill this time with our high-explosives? How long is this escapade going to last? Don't hold your breath.

PS.  By the way, while we are there with all the "military assets," why not nip over and sort the Yemen out?  It'll save a few billion in having to come back in a few weeks...and we might as well send a few cruise missiles to Bahrain, too; after all, we are close...just saying!

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websclubs 5 years ago

Move Again! Online video war-games for young people?

Repetitive and boringly predictable...

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Where is Code Pink and Cindy Sheehan? They dogged Bush's every step over Iraq and Afghanistan but disappeared when Obama took the reins and continued the wars. Now we are even attacking Libya, and not a peep! What's up with that?

In fact, where are all the international war protestors now that a leftist is president?


diogenese 5 years ago

Greed and hate rules Will: mind you, I'm not supporting swine like Gaddafi...what would we do without them to sell arms to and then blow away! It's all a bloody game. Bob


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

But again, where are Code Pink and Cindy Sheehan now that the 'war monger' is a leftist?

Their absence is glaring.


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cathylynn99 5 years ago from northeastern US

bob,

have to disagree with you this time. the lybian people deserve a try at democracy. this is more like bosnia than like iraq.

we never should have gotten involved in iraq. bush knew there were no WMD. he forced the CIA to come up with questionable intelligence about iraq's supposed WMD. read it in "mother jones" investigative reporting magazine.


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BobbiRant 5 years ago from New York

Yes, I remember the Panama Canal, for years America armed that leader too, but once he crossed America and said we could not use the Panama Canal, well he too became our enemy here in the U.S. All of a sudden he had to be 'arrested' for being a drug lord. Well WE supported that drug lord for years. We ALL sell arms to these leaders but now the oil in Libya is at stake so we spill blood for oil once again. Do I think the UN and all of the allies Really care for the rebels? Not a chance. If we were all so 'humanitarian' as we claim, we'd have cleaned up Africa a long time ago, taking out the war lords, but *sigh* Africa gets to suffer because they don't have a damned thing we want to take from them so we idly sit by and hear of slaughters all over Africa not lifting one finger to help them. Some oil companies nudged the allies and said: "Come on, do something." Plus I suppose the military everywhere has to justify the big money they take from all countries. Great hub.


diogenese 5 years ago

Sorry, Cathylynn, it's a sad joke I'm afraid. We're doing it again, showing people the error of their ways by mudering them Bob


diogenese 5 years ago

Look at the politics involved in sending Magraffi back to Libya (CANT SPELL HIS NAME). The Lockerbie bomber. Hi Bobbi...Now we are starting to hit civilians again. These people don't stand a chance against Rhode Island, never mind half the armed world. But they do have long memories and will be planning reprisals already using terrorism. No one likes Gaddafi, but he did good as well as bad for Libya if you look into it. Bob


diogenese 5 years ago

Look at the politics involved in sending Magraffi back to Libya (CANT SPELL HIS NAME). The Lockerbie bomber. Hi Bobbi...Now we are starting to hit civilians again. These people don't stand a chance against Rhode Island, never mind half the armed world. But they do have long memories and will be planning reprisals already using terrorism. No one likes Gaddafi, but he did good as well as bad for Libya if you look into it. Bob


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BobbiRant 5 years ago from New York

I guess I fail to see what difference a 'leftist' government makes as far as protesting. ALL politicians, as far as America goes, are owned by big business, oil being the Biggest. Americans are upset over the invasion and do OUR bombs discriminate and Only kill the 'bad' guys, be it a 'lefty' or a 'righty' President? I see how Americans could beat on each Other one day, if that is what corporations decide for us we Should do. Some people Would line up willingly in America for That too. I guess my hubs concerning control show up in the populace quite often.


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Ant from Africa 5 years ago from Tanzania

Africa ;-)


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Williamjordan 5 years ago from Houston TX

You hit the nail on the head how long will we be their.This is the old get the econmony rolling while pilling up more debt.If Americans are looking for change in Washington then we need to hit the streets and rebel.

Wonder what would happen.


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Strange isn't it? No matter how bankrupt the warrior races are, there is always money in the war chest. Makes you want to throw up. Thanks for comment...Bob


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Hi again Bobbi. Just noticed your second comment. I really think mankind is much nearer the end than we think. You see these nuclear catastrophes in Japan. There's about 500 reactors all over the world, it wouldn't take many to be leaking at once to fatally poison the world's atmosphere...Bob


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

That is an expertly written hub with perfect points. I think you have a point about the rebels being Bin Ladens or even encouraged by America. It is a bit too much and too many countries starting uprising all over sudden. Somethng stinks. I never forget the Hungarian uprising which was said organized by America hoping to stop communism. They fought so hard and when they had all the government buildings and radio stations under the power the Russian tanks rolled in. They were holed up and called literally for hours for help. Gues what? Yet the American army was in south Germany and English army in northern Germany. I still can hear them calling. Then tanks fired and then there was the most eeriest silence.


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

The British, followed by the Americans, have been "the world's policemen" for far too long. The British were mendacious colonials. The Americans were generous and brave through the world wars. I think we are all coming to realize we need to help other nations where we can, politically and materially, but using arms is just not on, there have been so many failures...Bob


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Just stopping by for a few minutes. You know, Dio, other countries have experienced dictators, genocide and other atrocities, and we have looked the other way as the Middle East demands our complete attention. I am waiting for the other shoe to drop, and drop, I fear, it will…right on our heads. Excellent hub.


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Hi Genna: Since I wrote this hub, the "war" has escalated and the rebels (Ha!) are now poised to sell us some oil. No!!! I don't believe that!!!

Who is next I wonder, Yemen, Iran...??? I was pleased to see the US wriggling out of this one. Bob


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Jaymeyaroch 5 years ago from Somewhere between today and yesterday.

I was mortified when we got involved. Our country has no business getting our hands in another country in the middle east. I hope we can get out as fast as we decided to get in, this water is too hot of the US right now.


TheRuler 5 years ago

No missiles to Bahrain, it is US country... Same situation like in Libya but in that case US will protect government or at least stay there are some kind of military base you have over there :)


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Pass "Go" and jump straight over to I-Ran then? Bob

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