Presented by: Alejandro Pozo. Centro de Estudios para la Paz J.M. Delàs

This was a very interesting lecture.  Surprisingly, the translation to English was better than usual…  Alejandro Pozo made a strong and persuasive argument against military intervention in Libya.t

It is true that the Security Council passed a resolution aimed to protect the civilian population, but NATO and international forces are going beyond what was voted on and agreed to by international law.  In fact, they are now claiming the right to wage aggressive war.

I agree with what was said in this seminar.  We have been fed a lot of propaganda by the mainstream media and western governments about the necessity of intervening in Libya.  However, the humanitarian reasons to intervene are lies.  There are many reasons for why western powers wish to topple Gadhafi and occupy Libya.  Oil is a major reason.  Yet, it is not the only reason.  Giant corporations and the military-industrial-complex also stand to gain from the overthrow of Gadhafi and the occupation of Libya.  Of course, I do not support Gadhafi, but neither to I support war disguised as humanitarian intervention.

The language employed by the United States and its allies gives the impression that a no-fly zone is merely the prohibition of aircraft.  However, a no-fly zone actually entails the bombing of military targets and is essentially an act of war.  And, of course, the result of such strategic bombing is collateral damage—the slaughtering of innocent human beings.  Calling a war a no-fly zone is a convenient way for the United States government and its allies to garner support for another war of military aggression.  Furthermore, Ben Rhodes—the Deputy National Security Adviser—refused to concede to reporters that the U.S. bombing in Libya is an act of war.  Rather, he referred to the bombing as kinetic military action.

The US and its allies do not know exactly who the rebels are who they are supporting.  There are allegations that the rebels are even made up of Al Qaeda and other extremists.  This is eerily similar to what the US did during the 80’s when they supported the Mujahideen against the Soviet forces (ie. blowback).