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Questions On Libya Answered Right Here – By A Real Journalist!

Nicholas Kristof at the New York Times has a great piece about the human side of the crisis in Libya. It sheds light on why it was important for the UN to do something about it. It provides much needed context for people to understand why it was urgent that we moved when we did and it answers the question that everyone is asking – why did we go in? Maybe if the media did a little original reporting like Nicholas Kristof, they could show that instead of just running banners across the screen and asking over and over again “what is our mission, why are we going in?” Hey, idiots, isn’t that your job to find out, instead of just bringing on one of the many strategists trying to get their mugs on television and make a name for themselves. Go do some freaking reporting and maybe you will find out stuff like this. From Nicholas Kristof’s piece…an extended paste job, because it’s important…(emphasis is mine)

This may be a first for the Arab world: An American airman who bailed out over Libya was rescued from his hiding place in a sheep pen by villagers who hugged him, served him juice and thanked him effusively for bombing their country.

Even though some villagers were hit by American shrapnel, one gamely told an Associated Press reporter that he bore no grudges. Then, on Wednesday in Benghazi, the major city in eastern Libya whose streets would almost certainly be running with blood now if it weren’t for the American-led military intervention, residents held a “thank you rally. They wanted to express gratitude to coalition forces for helping save their lives.

[...]

This is also one of the few times in history when outside forces have intervened militarily to save the lives of citizens from their government. More commonly, we wring our hands for years as victims are massacred, and then, when it is too late, earnestly declare: “Never again.”

In 2005, the United Nations approved a new doctrine called the “responsibility to protect,” nicknamed R2P, declaring that world powers have the right and obligation to intervene when a dictator devours his people. The Libyan intervention is putting teeth into that fledgling concept, and here’s one definition of progress: The world took three-and-a-half years to respond forcefully to the slaughter in Bosnia, and about three-and-a-half weeks to respond in Libya.

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“Opinion was unanimous,” Michel Gabaudan, the president of Refugees International, told me on Wednesday after a visit to Libya. Mr. Gabaudan said that every Libyan he spoke to agreed that the military strikes had averted “a major humanitarian disaster.”

“Men, women and children, they are ecstatic about the role of the coalition but worried that it may not continue,” he said.

Some Congressional critics complain that President Obama should have consulted Congress more thoroughly. Fair enough. But remember that the intervention was almost too late because forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi were already in Benghazi. Indeed, there was a firefight on Sunday right outside the hotel in Benghazi where foreign journalists are staying. A couple of days of dutiful consultation would have resulted in a bloodbath and, perhaps, the collapse of the rebel government.

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A senior White House official says that the humanitarian argument was decisive for President Obama: “The president was chilled by what would happen to the people of Benghazi and Tobruk. There were critical national security and national interest reasons to do this, but what compelled the president to act so quickly was the immediate prospect of mass atrocities against the people of Benghazi and the east. He was well aware of the risks of military action, but he also feared the costs of inaction.”

I’ve seen war up close, and I detest it. But there are things I’ve seen that are even worse — such as the systematic slaughter of civilians as the world turns a blind eye. Thank God that isn’t happening this time.

Wow, isn’t it great to have some real reporting going on instead of just “there are many questions” or “critics say this or that”…go ask the freaking questions, get some answers and then report about it you dimwits. Go read Nicholas Kristof’s whole piece, there is some that I didn’t paste. And go visit his blog, which I just added to my blogroll, and give him some mad props for being a real journalist.

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March 25, 2011 - Posted by | Politics, President Barack Obama |

11 Comments »

  1. Obama was acting with the UN charter and thus did not have to get congressional approval for this. Now when it comes to ground troops he would which btw the U.N. has not ruled out. I say if they use ground troops let them be Europe and no U.S. ground troops.

    I was no big fan of the no fly zone until I found out that Gadaffi was planning on slaughtering his people.

    Comment by Jeff | March 25, 2011 | Reply

  2. Even though an ancestor of mine moved “west” to Kokomo, Indiana to help establish a Quaker community, I am only a pacifist to an extent and do believe that it is “just” to prevent wholesale slaughter of civilians and perpetuate genocide/ethnic cleansing. I agree with you Jeff. We Americans have spent too many trillions, lost too many of our people, killed too many other people in most of the unjust/unneeded wars of the past couple of centuries.

    Comment by Grant in Texas | March 25, 2011 | Reply

  3. Speaking of real journalism, a new TV network is planning to open in Canada, Sun TV, which Canadians are calling “Fox North”. However, Canada has a law on the books prohibiting giving FALSE news or misleading stories!!!

    http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/a-law-against-lying-on-the-news

    Comment by Grant in Texas | March 25, 2011 | Reply

    • Excellent link Grant. If only in the US…I may look into Canadian citizenship.

      Comment by ExtremeLiberal | March 25, 2011 | Reply

  4. Remember back when the Iraq people were celebrating in the streets. A little to early to see what this illegal American action will do.

    Comment by atlanta ralph | March 25, 2011 | Reply

    • Again troll not illegal. Obama was offering assistance to the UN as in accordance to the UN charter.

      It’s funny that people insist that Obama to go to congress so as usual congress can play its usual partisan games in order to get a vote on it. Two months later its too late and Gadaffi ends up slaughtering his own people. But hey he had to waste his time and go through congress and thus the party of No.

      Comment by Jeff | March 25, 2011 | Reply

    • Atlanta Ralph, you consistently don’t have any shred of evidence, links or citations for anything you say. Nada…

      If what President Obama did was illegal, than so has every military action we’ve had since WWII. Here are the wars where congress actually declared war.

      WWII

      WWI

      Spanish-American War of 1898

      The Mexican War 1846-1848

      The War of 1812 (1812-1814)

      So bullshit, it’s not illegal.
      And if you think it is illegal internationally, that’s bullshit too. If you had read the post above, you might have seen this…
      “In 2005, the United Nations approved a new doctrine called the “responsibility to protect,” nicknamed R2P, declaring that world powers have the right and obligation to intervene when a dictator devours his people.”

      Comment by ExtremeLiberal | March 25, 2011 | Reply

  5. I was kinda upset at Maddow today. She seemed to fail to see that this bipartisanship against Libya was not some grand great thing like she attempted to spin it to be. In reality it was a way to go against Obama.

    My belief is that we are going to pull out of Libya and withdraw any aid soon… This saddens me because its not going to open the door to Iraq or Afghanistan as some in the media like Maddow believe. Not only this but without the US support the European nation will be working much slower because they don’t have the military power like the US.

    Either way I don’t think the media cares. Black Water Dog sent this video to Maddow but she didn’t post it. I wonder why?

    Comment by Jeff | March 25, 2011 | Reply

  6. Why would anyone expect Obama to do what is legal, he is, after, all above it all. Bush got approval from Congress, even from I voted for it before I voted against it. Now you call it his illegal wars.

    Comment by atlanta ralpha | March 27, 2011 | Reply

  7. Are we under attack or under threat, NO
    Obama is about being above it all and his lock step followers will back him up. The man is dangerous in the position he is in. He lost his handler when Chicago needed a Mayor and now he does not know where to turn.

    Hope he takes an overseas vacation soon with the family, it has been almost a week since his last. That is the only time the country is not in danger

    Comment by atlanta ralph | March 28, 2011 | Reply


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