Libya is kind of like that piece of exotic fish you put in the oven and then, because you’re half-drunk, forget you put it in there. Only after it becomes a flaming mess do you remember and by then it’s too late.

Judging from the photo it would seem that the only “training” we’re giving these people consists of showing them every action film from the 1980’s. I have to assume these guys are just fucking around for the camera. The only other alternative is that we’ve just armed a bunch of dangerously stupid people. Either way we are now six months into what was initially promised to be a “limited engagement” in Libya.

“After six months battling a rebellion his family portrayed as an Islamist conspiracy, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s son and onetime heir apparent said Wednesday that he was reversing course to forge a secret alliance with radical Islamist elements among the Libyan rebels to drive out their more liberal-minded confederates. Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi posed for a photograph after an interview with The New York Times in Tripoli.” – THE NEW YORK TIMES

Okay, well, I know these things always take longer than expected. And Khadaffi has lots of money and plenty of people to give it to. And there really is only so much you can do from the air anyway, right?

“A grown man sobbed as friends led him out of the mosque. Mustafa Naji al-Mrabet’s left hand and feet were bandaged, there were bloodstains on his robes, and the valve for an intravenous needle still stuck out of his arm. He was both a husband and a father, deep in mourning.

Nearby, his brother-in-law, 26-year-old Abubakr Ali cried like a child. Ali pulled back the blankets covering two small coffins. Inside lay the bloody bodies of his nephews, Mohamed and Motez al-Mrabet, ages 5 and 3. Their mother Ibtisam lay in a coffin beside them.

All three were killed early Thursday morning as they slept, neighbors and relatives said, when their house on the outskirts of this coastal city was hit by a NATO airstrike. Family members said a third child, 8-year old Naji, was in intensive care after suffering serious injuries.” – CNN

Yeah, that guy is pretty mad at us right now but I’m sure he’ll come around. I mean obviously he’ll see that this was just a dreadful accident and that we really are there to help.

“As tears streamed down his face, Ali took a Kalashnikov rifle and fired a round of bullets into the air.

“Screw NATO and the (rebel) rats and screw those who gave the coordinates for the attack,” he yelled. “God damn you now and in the afterlife. Moammar (Gadhafi), I’m with you until the last drop of blood.” – CNN

Great. That’s all we need. Well, as tragic as this story is I’m sure most people understand that NATO is trying to end the crisis and provide relief to those caught in the middle.

“Italy has demanded that NATO inquire into a report that an alliance warship blockading Libya repeatedly ignored pleas to help several hundred distressed and dying asylum seekers who were stranded at sea after fleeing the wartorn country.

In May, NATO denied an earlier report by the Guardian that its warships had left dozens of Africans to die aboard another vessel drifting off the Libyan coast.” – THE GUARDIAN

Dude, seriously? We’re just leaving people to die at sea now? Why don’t we start bombing school playgrounds or assassinating popular children’s show characters? Obviously we’re not winning hearts and minds over there. I’m not even sure we’re winning at all. After six months and old man Ghadaffi is still alive and kicking.

Then again Khaddaphi is the closest thing to a supervillain the world will ever have. The guy probably has an underground lair somewhere. And a speedboat with a jet engine. And maybe even a rocketship. And a harem of scantily clad women who are really ninja bodyguards. Yeah, this is going to take a while.


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