Monday, March 28, 2011

Juan Cole- An Open letter to the left on Libya

As many know, Juan Cole is a well informed analyst of Middle East events.
An Open Letter to the Left on Libya, Juan Cole

Posted on 03/27/2011 by Juan Cole

As I expected, now that Qaddafi's advantage in armor
and heavy weapons is being neutralized by the UN
allies' air campaign, the liberation movement is
regaining lost territory. Liberators took back Ajdabiya
and Brega (Marsa al-Burayqa), key oil towns, on
Saturday into Sunday morning, and seemed set to head
further West. This rapid advance is almost certainly
made possible in part by the hatred of Qaddafi among
the majority of the people of these cities. The Buraiqa
Basin contains much of Libya's oil wealth, and the
Transitional Government in Benghazi will soon again
control 80 percent of this resource, an advantage in
their struggle with Qaddafi.

I am unabashedly cheering the liberation movement on,
and glad that the UNSC-authorized intervention has
saved them from being crushed. I can still remember
when I was a teenager how disappointed I was that
Soviet tanks were allowed to put down the Prague Spring
and extirpate socialism with a human face. Our
multilateral world has more spaces in it for successful
change and defiance of totalitarianism than did the old
bipolar world of the Cold War, where the US and the
USSR often deferred to each other's sphere of

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Anonymous said...

Well at least the left is learning, and is paying lip service to Freedom. But it is well known, just as is stated in the article that the "war" in Libya is only being supported by the Democrats for money and oil.Exactly what they accused the Bush admin. of!

Maybe now the dems can study the United States Constitution to learn how the President and Congress are supposed to interact.

I doubt it though, the leffties principles are broken every day for their own personal benefits.... read money and power lead by Union thugs. The rest of the country be dammed.