Why is Obama so intent upon killing Libyans? Enough of TV pap. Gendin will give you the LONG ANSWER. Why bother with pictures or a few words when an essay is always better?
We [a euphemism for the U.S. government under the pretext that it is for, by, and of the people] began our campaign against Libyans in 1801 under Tommy Jefferson, the schmuck who got hoodwinked into buying Louisiana. Barbery pirates were attacking American ships on the Mediterranean Sea. And why not? What the hell were “we the people” doing there?” In a word, CAPITALISM. [Yes, I always return to that theme but for one reason only - I like being right.] Tommy was tired of paying tributes to the guys with a patch over one eye, a cleaning woman’s bandana around their heads and who growled, “Grrrr.”
The former Consul to Tunis, William Eaton returned to the Mediterranean with the title of ‘Naval Agent to the Barbary States’ in 1804. A detachment of U.S. Marines was given to Eaton under the command of Lieutenant Presley O’Bannon. Eaton recruited about 500 Arab, Greek and Berber mercenaries. Eaton named himself General and Commander-in-Chief of the combined force. [This is where al-Qaddafi got the idea of installing himself.] The Commander took his gang of mercenaries to Tripolitania and won the Battle of Derme, the first recorded land battle of the United States on foreign soil. We haven’t quit since.
Libya is worthless junk. Libya is bounded by the Mediterranean Sea on the north, Egypt on the east, The Sudan on the southeast, Niger and Chad on the south, and Tunisia and Algeria on the west. The Saharan plateau makes up about nine-tenths of Libya. About half of the plateau is sand. As Alan Lerner pointed out, the rain in Spain falls mainly in the plain — of Spain. Libya, however, is ridiculous. Records are meant to be broken but not in Libya where the world’s highest temperature in the shade, about 136 °F (58 °C), was recorded there and Tripoli receives an annual average of about 15 inches of rain. In the Sahara, 200 consecutive rainless days in a year have been recorded in many areas.
Libya is a splendid venue for those ultra long distance runners who refuse to run on the not-arid-enough sands of California’s Mojave Desert. Libya’s deserts are packed with wild animals including desert rodents, hyenas; foxes, jackals; skunks; and wildcats. IN THE OPINION OF THIS WRITER, THE CURRENT CONFLICT IN LIBYA THAT SO ENTHUSES BARACK OBAMA IS ALL ABOUT FINDING WATERLESS ROUTES FOR OUR LONG DISTANCE RUNNERS.
The two main cities are soon-to-be Marine infested Tripoli and Bangh?z?. They contain about one-third of the country’s entire urban population and about one-fourth of the total population. Tripoli, with a metropolitan population of more than two million people, is the de facto political capital and the most important economic centre.
Good, hot sex is the main industry of Libya. [A once upon a time, favorite pastime of U.S. Marines] In the late 20th century and into the early 21st, death rates steadily declined to substantially below the world average, but birth rates remained relatively high. On the whole, Libya’s population is quite young: more than two-thirds of the population is younger than 30 years of age; of that, about one-third is younger than 15. Libya’s infant mortality rate is the lowest in continental Africa and far below the global rate, portending continued rapid growth well into the 21st century. Officially, (but I laugh at this), the main industry of Libya is oil production [black gold, you'all] but the cynics who think American wars are always about this stuff are just plain wrong. We want those running routes along with the well-guarded secrets of successful sex.
True, Libya’s per capita income is among the highest in Africa. Oil revenues remain Libya’s main source of income but who gets it? Not the Bedouins who don’t even know who Qaddafi is. Oil [black gold, that is] was first discovered in 1956 but we were on a rampage since long before that. Oil is no big deal. Libya has 3% of the world’s proved oil reserves – just a little more than the combined oil that runs off the noses of the guineas living in Little Italy in the south of Manhattan, NY. Libya’s merchant fleet is modest, and most oil is shipped in foreign vessels. It is a nice cash and carry business for Liberian tankers and that is why Mrs. Johnson-Sirleaf does not join in the international criticism of Colonel al-Qaddafi. A graduate of Harvard’s Business College, and head of a brood that includes eight grandchildren, the lady knows how to butter her bread.
As for the spelling of the Colonel’s name, who the hell knows? The Colonel doesn’t charge for medical care in Libya and that makes American Republican politicians angry as hell, and they don’t want to take it any more. For me, the burning internal political issue remains as always: Can’t somebody promote the Colonel to General?
I have read that “Libya” is a neologism created by dagoes, WOPS and guineas but if you don’t understand that, you are in good company – MINE. The spaghetti-loving mind is not easily penetrated by red-blooded Americans. What we do know is this: Mussolini could not get his beloved trains across the Mediterranean and shipped 150,000 of his sloppiest eaters to Libya where they remain to this day, comprising 20% of the population. Datsa way to go. Bored stiff by trusteeships, the UN said to these people in 1952, “Go! You’re on your own now.] After 17 years of kingships, The Swarthy One kicked royalty out and has been in power since 1969. Bless him. Who really cares other than the US media, bored to death over the Middle East?
The majority of Libyans call themselves Sunnis but unless they are lots smarter than most Americans they no more know what that means than the average Episcopalian knows what distinguishes him from the average Presbyterian. Ethnic and religious “strife” is a joke. Did Bobby Fischer war against “the dirty Commies” because of ethnic strife? It is also a safe bet that the average nomadic Bedouin doesn’t know who Qaddafi is. [Do most of the hill people in West Va and Tennessee know who Joe Biden is?]
According to the USOBS [UNITED STATES OFFICIAL BALONEY SERVICES] there is no political justice under the horrible regime of The Swarthy One so that it is good for us to bomb the hell out of them while making sure not to target His Mightiness himself. This makes good sense to the 99.44% of Americans who have never seen the inside of an American prison. Not taking out His Mightiness himself is rather like playing chess, making sure never to endanger your opponent’s king. Government “spokespersons” [a term designating people who don't ever speak for you and me, Dummy] have no trouble explaining this: target a country’s leader and he’ll send agents over to kill our leaders.
Embarrassed by the fact that the Libyan conflict is all about finding routes for long distance runners, the USOBS keeps banging away at the idea that the people in Libya want to be rid of The Swarthy One, this preposterous idea despite the fact that 10-20% of the people don’t know who he is and only 5% of the remainder can spell his name. The USOBS insists that Americans recognize their duty to rid the world of BAD PEOPLE. Yet roughly 99.44% of Americans love the American prison system whose principal bad people are the guards who go home at night after kicking the crap out of the inmates. Then, too, we love our courageous and heroic soldiers (nearly all of whom enlisted because they had nothing else to do) and raise only the feeblest objections when they sic dogs on naked prisoners. With every button an American bombardier pushes just beyond the absurd “no fly zone,” he gets an erection contemplating the number of people’s brains he has splattered from the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli.
My favorite American philosopher supports the U.N. resolution to take “all necessary measures” to protect civilians from al-Qaddafi while it also authorizes bombing the hell out of them. This takes seriously the idea that our war machine can really do what it boasts of – separate civilians from the military. Need a bridge, anybody, connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan? I can sell you one for a buck fifty. Lying through its teeth, the UN says military action will be a “coalition” effort among the usual Good Guys. If Afghanistan is a model for coalitions, then the U.S. will supply 99% of the force and sustain 99.44% of the deaths. Don’t get excited about that. Midge Decter, champion war hawk, wife of Norman Podhoretz, mother of draft dodger John Podhoretz, and one of the signers of the dread-sounding Project of the New American Century, said on a TV show that wars kill people and there is no need to fuss about that. [Among those who share Midge’s views are: husband Norman; Elliot Abrams, her son-in-law and convicted criminal; son John; the Kagan clan: Bob Kagan and his Daddy, Don, his brother Fred, architect of the “surge”, the wives of Bob and Fred who are Viriginia and Kimberly, the sinister behind-the-scenes puppeteers pulling the strings of Dick Cheney; Donny Rumsfeld, gangster Lewis “Scooter” Libby; money mogul Paul Wolfowitz; moral majority leaders Bill Bennett and Gary Bauer; Prince of Darkness, Richard “I never met the President” Perle; Jeb Bush; and about 30 others who called for a war strategy that unpacks as “America needs to bomb the rest of the world back to a caveman state.” With people like this having taken a turn being in charge of your life and, I suspect, are still active infiltrators in the current administration, is it much wonder that Qaddafi’s gotta go?
So. lo, I say unto all of thee, give up your fantasy of being a champion desert marathoner and forget that oil drips down the nose of The Swarthy One.
Now, sing along, all you gallant chauvinists. Nice and loud, now, you all.
God, how I envy you – a country to root for, RIGHT OR WRONG.