Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A response to Senator Kerry: Intervention in Libya is a War of Aggression by an Imperial Power

This letter is a rsponse to an Opinion piece in Al Jazeera by Senator John Kerry
of Massachusetts 'We must not wait for a massacre' calling for a no fly zone to be imposed over Libya by the U.S. and its allies; the so-called 'free world' countries.

US senator says the world cannot wait for Gaddafi to start massacring his people before acting.

John Kerry Last Modified: 14 Mar 2011

It should be note that John Kerry was once a member of Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW).

A response to Senator Kerry: Intervention in Libya is a War of Aggression by an Imperial Power

"I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today -- my own government." Martin Luther King- in his speech on April 4, 1967.

Senator Kerry, any intervention by the Unites States, or NATO powers is a war

of aggression under the guise if humanitarianism! The United States and its allies have no right to intervene in Libya, nor anywhere else; the United States is at this very moment, and has since October 2001 been waging multiple wars of aggression.

Intervention violates the sovereignty of Libya, and intervention strips the Libyan people

of the Right of Self-Determination. Once the US is involved the Libyan people will have a new enemy: the United States.

Senator Kerry your main argument is that ‘We must not wait for a massacre’ before taking action. And, you say the United States and its allies ‘will lead the free world to avoid the senseless slaughter of any more Libyan citizens by a madman bent on maintaining power’ if necessary.

Who is the so-called free world?

Before this revolt broke out the U.S. was prepared to provide Gadhafi with almost 50 ‘armoured troop carriers’ to the tune of $77 million.

Or are you talking about the European Union countries which provided the Gadhafi regime with $470 million in weaponry, including Italian military jets, ammo supplied by the British, and small arms for his army supplied by Malta? Who are you talking about?

Senator Kerry Still, you mention ‘the spectre that haunts me is the same - ordinary people facing off against an autocrat's airpower and well-armed soldiers.’ Are you talking about Bahrain; home to the U.S. fleet? Or is it a wink and a nod to some friendly autocratic regimes who are gunning people down in the streets?

You mention your worry about Gadhafi ‘might well begin killing civilians in large numbers.’

The United States has killed over 1.5 million Iraqi’s. The U.S. has used depleted uranium on its cities, farms fields and water supplies. The U.S. has no moral authority; its leaders are war criminals today as they were during the Vietnam War, and you said so!

And, as a Marine Corps Vietnam veteran; a ‘grunt’; I believe that is true today as it were then. The leaders of the U.S. empire are not concerned about the Libyan people, but about not losing control of the region, and to the end our government has supported the most corrupt regimes as long as they did the bidding of the U.S.

As far trying to ‘avoid the perception of NATO or the US attacking another Muslim country…are you joking? Senator Kerry you have become everything you were against when you returned home from Vietnam; you are part of the problem…part of the oppressive system. And, as for those members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) do they represent democratic or autocratic regimes?

How can you allegedly be so concerned about saving lives in Libya when the longest running war on the planet which has killed over 5 million people does not draw any concern? I am talking about the war in the Democratic(?) Republic of Congo! Some call it Africa’s first World War.

If it is true (and it is not) as you say that ‘a no-fly zone would eliminate airstrikes and save civilian lives.’ Then please explain why not do the same to stop Israeli Occupation Forces jet fighters from bombing the living sh*t out of unarmed and innocent Palestinian people who have been ‘ethnically cleansed’ from their homes.

The U.S. provides the planes and bombs which kill Palestinian people, and especially children in highly disproportionate numbers. The Palestinian people have been bombed the longest, and there is no attempt to stop this awful slaughter.

So, Senator Kerry if you say that the U.S. and its allies ‘will lead the free world to avoid the senseless slaughter of any more Libyan citizens by a madman bent on maintaining power.’ My question is what about the killing in Saudi Arabia, or BAHRAIN or other ‘good’ U.S. allies?

And, as for the ‘US…taking a united stand against a thug who is killing Muslims.’ The U. S. is the biggest thug and threat to Muslims on this planet. Senator Kerry, you have lost your way.

The word oil is always left out, but it THE reason why the U.S. is in the Middle East, and now Africa. the U.S. does not want democratic revolution in Egypt. The U.S has always preferred despots; they are more reliable.

Senator Kerry I suggest you reread 'War is A Racket' by Major General Smedley D. Butler!

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