'Operation take Libya's Oil' has begun
Libyan conflict: 48 killed in allied assault, claims report
BENGHAZI, Libya - Libyan state TV is quoting the armed forces command as saying 48 people have been killed and 150 wounded in the the allied assault by US and European forces. The report can't be independently confirmed. The US and European nations have pounded Muammar Gaddafi's forces and air defences with cruise missiles and airstrikes today, launching the broadest international military effort since the Iraq war in support of an uprising that had seemed on the verge of defeat.
The military have called the bombing of Libya 'Operation Odyssey Dawn', which is a bit dull, perhaps they are hinting that like the Odyssey this won't be finished for 10 years and at the end of it no one will remember what the bloody hell it was all for?
Why not call it something more realistic like, 'Operation while-your-attention-is-on-nuclear-reactor-meltdown-we're-going-to-bomb-the-shit-out-of-a-tinpot-dictator-who-was-stupid-enough-to-endanger-Western-oil-supplies'. Not punchy enough for the Pentagon gung ho martini set?
Seeing as our war in Afghanistan is supposedly for feminism, our war in Iraq is supposedly for 'democracy' let's make our war in Libya for cyclist rights.
Let's be clear, if this was really about justice and human rights then why aren't the West bombing Bahrain or Yemen? Both Bahrain and Yemen Governments were killing and shooting their democracy protestors last week, but the West aren't bombing them, why? Because Yemen and Bahrain are our allies.
The West is bombing Libya for oil, not justice.