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The Soldier Ants are on the Move Again!
"He loves me, he loves me not!"
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!