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Libya: the costly, slippery slope of 'humanitarian intervention'

Issue No. 2253

The bombing of Libya’s capital Tripoli has intensified. Across Libya, civilians are dying in massive Nato air attacks as well as in bombardments by Gaddafi’s regime.

Britain is central to the Nato gang of warmongers wreaking devastation in this latest imperialist adventure waged under the banner of “humanitarianism”.

It has flown more sorties in the first five weeks to 5 May than any other Nato country.

The financial costs of the war are spiralling. We are now told that Britain’s part of the Libyan war will cost £1 billion in the first six months—and there is no sign of it coming to an end.

Now even the military are questioning what the mission is achieving. One former navy chief, Chris Parry, wrote last week that the war had “lost its way”.

“The coalition has never had a coherent strategy,” he said—just like in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The military and politicians are not worried about casualties. This war was never about protecting civilians. The West is only interested in reasserting its interests that were threatened by the fall of its tyrant friends.

Barack Obama’s recent speech on the Arab revolutions showed how the US wants to intervene in the struggles for democracy and freedom.

But Tomahawk missiles do not deliver democracy. Only the struggle of ordinary people can win that.

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What We Think
Tue 24 May 2011, 17:59 BST
Issue No. 2253
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