Hypocrisy and Betrayal by the UN

The Case of Libya

If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.

— George Orwell.

The bombing of Libya will begin on or nearly to the day of the eighth anniversary of the beginning of the destruction of Iraq, 19th March, in Europe. Libya too will be destroyed – its schools, education system, water, infrastructure, hospitals, municipal buildings. There will be numerous “tragic mistakes”, “collateral damage”, mothers, fathers, children, babies, grandparents, blind and deaf schools and on and on. And the wonders of the Roman remains and earlier, largely enduring and revered in all history’s turmoils as Iraq, the nation’s history – and humanity’s, again as Iraq and Afghanistan, will be gone forever.

The infrastructure will be destroyed. The embargo will remain in place; thus rebuilding will be impossible. Britain, France and the US., will decide the country needs “stabilising”, “help with reconstruction.” They will move in, secure the oil installations and oil fields, the Libyan people will be an incidental inconvenience and quickly become “the enemy”, “insurgents”, be shot, imprisoned, tortured, abused – and a US friendly puppet “government” will be installed.

The invaders will award their companies rebuilding contracts, the money – likely taken from Libya’s frozen assets without accounting – will vanish and the country will remain largely in ruins.

And the loudest cheerleaders for this, as Iraq, will be running round television and radio stations in London, Europe and the US, then returning to their safe apartments and their UK/US/Europe paid tenures, in the knowledge that no bombs will be dropping on them. Their children will not be shaking uncontrollably and soiling themselves with terror at the sound of approaching planes.

And this Libyan “Shock and Awe”? Shame on France, shame on Britain and the US and a UN avowed: “… to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war.” Every shattered body, every child maimed or blown to bits, every widow, widower, orphan, will have the name of those countries, and the UN written in their blood in their place of death.

And the public of these murderous, marauding Western ram raiders, will be told that we were bringing democracy, liberating Libya from a tyrant, from the “new Hitler”, the “Butcher of Bengazi.”

The countries who have ganged together these last days to overthrow a sovereign government have, again, arguably, conspired in Nuremberg’s: ” … supreme international crime, differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole”, and yet again, plotted to overthrow a sovereign government, with a fig leaf of “legality” from an arm twisted UN. We have seen it all before.

In time, it will emerge who was stirring, bribing, de-stabilizing, and likely few will be surprised at the findings. But by then, Libya will be long broken and its people, fleeing, displaced, distraught.

When it comes to dealing with the usual “liberators”, be careful what you wish for. In six months or so, most Libyans, whatever the failings of the last forty years rule, will be ruing the day.

Felicity Arbuthnot is a journalist with special knowledge of Iraq. Author, with Nikki van der Gaag, of Baghdad in the Great City series for World Almanac books, she has also been Senior Researcher for two Award winning documentaries on Iraq, John Pilger's Paying the Price: Killing the Children of Iraq and Denis Halliday Returns for RTE (Ireland.) Read other articles by Felicity.

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  1. MichaelKenny said on March 18th, 2011 at 8:41am #

    I wouldn’t assume that Libya will be a new Iraq. Khadaffi has rather deftly sidestepped by announcing a ceasefire. How can you enforce a “no-fly zone” if nobody’s flying? Also, the European countries have very different interests from those of the US. France has departmental elections on Sunday and polls show the Front National likely do well at the expense of Sarko’s UMP, which by virtue of the electoral system, could throw seats to the socialists. Sarko is saying to the FN “I can bash Arabs better than you”. Once the second round is over on 27 March, there will be no further advantage in Arab-bashing, so the French will probably pull back quietly. Cameron wants to keep his crazies, notably Hague and Fox, in line and letting them burn their fingers in Libya will allow him to shut them up later. It will also give him an excuse to withdraw forces from Afghanistan “temporarily”. In practice, only the journalists will be fooled but is there anybody out there who still takes journalists seriously?

  2. Samhain3783 said on March 18th, 2011 at 9:01am #

    MichaelKenny, your assessment is spot on. Glad to see someone who reads DV doesn’t see a “zionist conspiracy” behind everything that happens in the world.

    With all the conspiracy theories thrown around, this site sounds like an internal KGB memo sometimes.

  3. Angie Tibbs said on March 18th, 2011 at 10:06am #

    A timely, moving, and well stated article, Felicity. Lessons were not learned from the devastation of Iraq and the ongoing loss of life, misery, displacement of citizens, and the plunder of the country’s resources.

    I see a similar scenario occurring in Libya.

    It constantly astounds me to hear “western” politicians, past and present, condemn leaders of the countries they intend to illegally invade, yet they never look at the blood on their own hands — which is much, much more than any Saddam or Gaddafi.

    And it is way past time for the UN to be dismantled. Its credibility is at zero. Where was the UN when Israel was bombing Gaza and Lebanon? Oh, right! It was blaming the victims and muttering the usual meaningless “we urge Israel to use restraint” (as if …) Double standards are certainly alive and well in the UN and the “west”.

  4. Ismail Zayid said on March 18th, 2011 at 10:17am #

    The hypocrisy of the West is blatant here. Mr. David Cameron, UK’s prime minister, is warning that if Gaddafi does not comply with the Seccurity Council resolution, Britain and its allies will mount their military action against Libya, and the destruction that was brought to Iraq will be copied in Libya. Dare one ask why was Israeli defiance of many Security Council resolutions pass unnoticed?

    Is there no limit to this hypocrisy and double standards, and how long must Israel remain above international law?

  5. shabnam said on March 18th, 2011 at 11:01am #

    Ismail Zayid

    For god’s sake, once you should talk about the RAEACTIONARY ARABS who VOTED with Zionist stooges against Libyan people as they did in IRAQ where destroyed the country.

    Everyone is exposing Israel’s crimes and Zionist racism until both are dead. However, it is time to expose and condemn ARAB REACTIONARIES, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan, Egypt, Yemen, and many more every day but your comments and Baroud’s articles lack any critism of Arab reactionaries. You were silent on question of Sudan. How about Bahrain and Yemen?

    Why no one is talking about Saudi Arabia responsible for so many crimes against humanity. Why don’t you condemn reactionary Arab states when you are condemning Israel as a racist country? One does not deny the other. The puppet Arab league is as GUIILTYU AS the criminal states including CHINA, RUSSIA AND RACIST INDIA who did not used their veto power to stop destruction of Libya. But these racist states used their vote to condemn Iran nuclear program and force sanctions on them to strangulate Iranian economy and kill its citizens, in order to obtain CONCEASSIONS. This is a Shame on face of humanity. We never forget these crimes against humanity.

    T he ‘revolutionary’ Tunis and Egypt are cooperating with black Zionists, as savage as white Zionists, in Libya to destroy the country and reduce a country with high literacy to an illiterate one as they did in Iraq. The policeman in Iraq at the time of invasion by criminal west had PhD degree in CHEMISTRY where America needs. America produce its educated work force by bombing Muslim countries to bring her EDUCATED FORCE in to make more destructive bombs to kill the rest. Whoever is working and cooperating with Washington and Israel must be viewed as war criminal.
    Stop being hypocrite. Expose the reactionary Arabs at once

  6. kalidasa said on March 18th, 2011 at 1:18pm #

    I’m pretty sure there are plenty of white flags with holes shot through them.
    Just about everywhere you look.

    Remember Kosovo?

    “They need some bombing, and that’s what they are going to get.”

  7. mary said on March 19th, 2011 at 6:10am #

    AN EXCELLENT ARTICLE IF I MIGHT SAY.

    THERE IS ALSO GROSS HYPOCRISY AND BETRAYAL IN THE BRITISH FOREIGN OFFICE CURRENTLY UNDER THE TILLER OF THE JUVENILE WARMONGER AND FRIEND OF ISRAEL (HE JOINED WHEN HE WAS 15) WILLIAM HAGUE.

    THIS IS MY BROTHER’S OPEN LETTER TO HIM. NEEDLESS TO SAY THERE HAS BEEN NO REPLY FROM HAGUE OR FROM DAVID’S MP.

    {http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/david-halpin-writes-to-william-j-hague.html}

    SORRY ABOUT CAPS. FRACTURES IN BOTH ARMS HENCE THE ONE FINGER TYPING STYLE.

    REGARDS TO ALL. SORRY THAT COMMENTS ON DV ARE GOING.

  8. shabnam said on March 19th, 2011 at 8:28am #

    Felicity Arbuthnot:

    Thank you for your concerns about the future of Libran people knowing that what has happened to Iraq by the CRIMINAL WEST and their puppets as enablers including Arab reactionary states who helped US imperialism and Israel to implement Oded Yinon protocol in the region, like today.
    It is ironic that Libya with free education and health system, unique in majority of the African countries and even western countries, including the United States, are going to destroy another country which is HIGH in HUMAN DEVELOMPMENT scale to keep Africa as poor and dependent as ever.
    It is more frightening to witness this crime to be led by a black president, Jewish president and a Zionist stooge, who has implemented more SAVAGE measures than George Bush, the stooge of the neocons.

    One should look at the HUMAN DEVELOPMENT scale to realize that the criminal states including CHINA, RUSSIA and racist INDIA have to work very hard to come close to what Libya has reached, in terms of human development, forget about the PUPPET states who voted for the ‘no-fly zone’, an act of war, to please their masters to allow them to continue their petty existence including Gabon, South Africa, Lebanon, Nigeria, Colombia and more. Human development in Libya has surpassed the criminal states including Russia, India and China where they CLEARED THE WAY for destruction of Libya to earn their concessions by the criminal West as they have done before.

    Human Development Index:
    Libya 0.755

    China 0.663, Russia 0.716, India 0.519, Gabon 0.648, Japan 0.884

    Turkey 0.683, Brazil 0.699, Venezuela 0.696, Egypt 0.620,

    Saudi Arabia 0.752, Colombia 0.689, Nigeria 0.423

    {http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_Human_Development_Index}

  9. Jonas Rand said on March 19th, 2011 at 11:04pm #

    The duplicity on display here is clear. The US and UN are not taking nearly this much action against Yemen, and the response is totally different, though the repression is just as violent and just as intense. Ali Abdullah Saleh will not leave and will use nerve gas against his own people to maintain power in the hopes that his 32 year old stranglehold will never die. America, meanwhile, turns its back on the atrocities committed by the Yemeni dictator’s forces, mutters doublespeak about feeling concerned while sending weapons to Saleh’s government.

    However, when it comes to Gaddafi, America beats the drums of war through its mainstream media coverage. There is propaganda on both sides, actually. Gaddafi’s propaganda network “Al Jamahiriya” broadcasts the rhetoric-infused speeches of “Brother Leader”, threats against rebels, and tells Libyans that the situation is under control, safe, etc. The US propaganda always focuses on the US role, says that intervention is necessary, and calls Gaddafi names. This article is an account of what could happen, but what would be the place of the rebels? What the US should do is use the money that it is funding Middle East dictatorships with, to fund the Libyan rebels in their struggle against Gaddafi. It cannot be said that they will set up a US client state yet, because the other popular movements do not seem craven to US power. Rather they seem intent on creating a new Arab World – one which is controlled by the PEOPLE, not the dictators – and one which does not support the US desire for unipolarity and hegemony. US should not invade Libya, but Gaddafi is indeed a criminal and a butcher.

  10. Jonas Rand said on March 19th, 2011 at 11:23pm #

    @mary I have mixed feelings about the removal of the commenting feature. On the one hand, there have been (and continue to be) many ignorant, incoherent, and discursive comments, which present a very negative outward perception to (hypothetically) a random surfer who stumbles upon this site. Too much of what is posted here in the comment section is either too heavy in emotion and too light in substance, or unconstructive and off-topic (i.e., casual, out-of-context mentions of Zionism or Israel, and I don’t mean noting contradictions in foreign policy either). There is also the problem of certain anti-Semitic posters making the slip-up of saying “Jew(ish)” rather than “Zionist”, which inevitably lead to personal discussions better kept off the site. On the other hand, many comments are useful, leading to debate and discussion, and including different opinions about articles as well as issues. I will feel sad to see this go because some of the discussion here was irrelevant twaddle, which, admittedly, I might have had a role in spreading. The comments here helped broaden my horizon on political issues and analysis. If anyone wishes to contact me in the future, do so through my e-mail address, which is happydelsim(at)aol.com (replace “(at)” with the at sign).

  11. hayate said on March 20th, 2011 at 3:46pm #

    Mary

    “FRACTURES IN BOTH ARMS HENCE THE ONE FINGER TYPING STYLE.”

    Ouch! That doesn’t sound like a whole lot of fun. I hope you are OK otherwise and those arms heal up quickly.

  12. mary said on March 21st, 2011 at 1:42am #

    HAYATE THAT WAS NICE OF YOU. I ACTUALLY FELL OVER IN MY GARDEN. ON THE MEND WITH THE HELP OF A SURGEON, NURSES AND NOW CARERS THANKS TO OUR WONDERFUL NHS WHICH CAMERON & CO WILL DO THEIR BEST TO DISMANTLE AND PRIVATISE.

    WAS AN INVISBLE TRIPWIRE PLANTED BY MOSSAD TO BLAME? ;D

  13. hayate said on March 21st, 2011 at 10:50pm #

    Mary

    Sounds like you are in good hands. :)

    “WAS AN INVISBLE TRIPWIRE PLANTED BY MOSSAD TO BLAME? ;D”

    They’re known for doing things like that to unsuspecting gardeners. I hear that before 1948, they were known as “gremlins”. ;D