Hey, maybe Rudd was pushing for action on Libya *because it was the right thing to do*

It might now be too late – Gaddafi’s made too many gains while the world twiddled its metaphorical thumbs – but clearly, unless you’re a supporter of Gaddafi, the UN decision to act is at least a step in the right direction.

The weird thing is that last weekend, our foreign minister’s efforts to lobby for such a thing were viewed by the national media solely through the prism of whether it represented conflict between him and the Prime Minister; or derided as some sort of “vanity project”. To some of these prominent hacks, the idea of considering it on its bloody merits – that it might be something that’s important in and of itself, apparently never occurred. As I tweeted during Sunday’s Insiders, as they went back and forth on Libya as nothing more than a supposed dispute between Rudd and Gillard:

Jesus, they can’t consider that trying to organise a no-fly zone in Libya is actually the right thing to do? FFS #insiders

One journalist offered a sort-of apology to Rudd yesterday (it’s the tiny bit after all the justifications for why the personality crap is still considered more important). The others – I don’t think they’ve learned a thing.

Pity – because aside from the last couple of weeks’ inaction making the removal of Gaddafi now very unlikely, it’s also been emboldening other tyrants in the region. They saw what happened in Tunisia, and Egypt – and what happened in Libya, where increasing the bloodshed didn’t induce much of a reaction from the rest of the world at all. Hence Bahrain. And, this morning, Yemen.

The government in Bahrain thinks it can get away with importing Saudi troops to massacre protesters. The government in Yemen thinks it can put snipers on buildings and open fire on crowds.

Why would they think they can get away with such a thing? Why would they think the rest of the world will turn a blind eye?

I wonder.

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9 responses to “Hey, maybe Rudd was pushing for action on Libya *because it was the right thing to do*

  1. The setting is the third floor of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command building and home to the U.S. Fifth Fleet in Manama, Bahrain.

    Ensign Murk: Sir! Look over in the direction of Pearl Monument. It looks like somethings’ happening. I can hear gunshots!

    Lieutenant Smirk: Looks like you’re right, son. Seems like those protestors are getting a smackdown.

    Ensign Murk: Shouldn’t we do something to help?!

    Lieutenant Smirk: Naw, son. The Saudi’s have got that covered for us.
    *****************************
    They sure do!!

    Cheers

  2. Umm, now I remember where I saw that video for the first time.

    D’ohh!!

  3. I’ve been disappointed with some on the left. In their eyes America can never be involved in anything that is good.

  4. You mean like selling all those weapons to this meth-head in the first place?
    Or the concerted Western response of … “ummmm”…?

    If they’d listened to Rudd earlier about a no-fly zone, Gaddafis* mercenaries might’ve never been flown in.
    Bit late now.

    *(spell check?)

  5. “You mean like selling all those weapons to this meth-head in the first place?’

    I’d be interested to know exactly what weapons the Americans have sold to Libya lykurgus, perhaps you could list the models for me ?

  6. Blast Tyrant

    I’d be interested to know exactly what weapons the Americans have sold to Libya lykurgus, perhaps you could list the models for me ?

    Or you could just use google, it’s hardly secret information.
    General Dynamics stiched up a multi million dollar deal with Gadaffi last year and David Cameron was touring the Middle East last month with the head of BAE systems.
    They’re all armed to the teeth because of our western government.
    But still some in the soft left have faith in the weapons dealers… how silly.

    I’ve been disappointed with some on the left. In their eyes America can never be involved in anything that is good.

    I’ve been disappointed to AU. I can’t believe how ignorant you soft left types can be.

  7. General Dynamics UK which operates independently of its parent company in the US — by the way, they sold them a communications system that was developed without any US techology.

    So, once again, what weapons has the US sold to Gaddafi ?

  8. [So, once again, what weapons has the US sold to Gaddafi ?]

    http://theworldlink.com/news/local/article_d7a036a4-7b2f-53ae-afe8-869bbd170903.html

    Granted they’re doing nothing like the amount of deals that Europe are and I bet they’re spewing about that.

    I’m disappointed that the UK should do any deals ever with Gaddafi, the prick armed the IRA massively during the seventies and eighties. Incidentally Americans were arming the IRA at the same time.

  9. You’ll note that Congress scuttled the personnel carrier deal Rob, so at most the Yanks have sold them explosives for use in their oil industry and a few unspecified incendiary devices — hardly arming them to the teeth.

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