I’ve been against the Western intervention in Libya because I know that U.S. and E.U. interests are the only interests that will be served by helping the Libyan people overthrow their brutal government. The regime that takes over will be one approved by these interests and not the interests of the Libyan people. Their revolution has been co-opted in order to steal the wealth of the Libyan people while their lives change little if any. There’s also the broader idea that revolutions should be won and not handed over. The Libyan people cannot emancipate themselves if their revolution is won via American missiles, or as Eugene Debs would say, “I would not lead you into the promised land if I could, because if I led you in, some one else would lead you out. You must use your heads as well as your hands, and get yourself out of your present condition.”
But if I am being brutally honest, the videos depicting a beaten and terrified Gaddafi provided a mixture of emotions. A sick pleasure at seeing possibly the world’s richest person being torn from power after creating misery for decades. A revulsion at the blood lust in the Libyan rebels’ (and soon to be murderers’) eyes as they lowered themselves to the level of their former enemy. I didn’t take pleasure at human suffering, but rather the symbolism of it all, I suppose.
The Libyan people have traded one enemy for another in allowing for Western involvement in their struggle for freedom. Their land will be the new “breeding ground” and decades of chaos await them, if Iraq and Afghanistan are any example. I think it was Conan O’Brien I heard make the joke recently that the way Obama’s administration is handling itself, “healthcare” would be one of the last things Obama would be known for – what with his miles long kill list.
Despite these fears of what lies ahead for the Libyan people, the fact remains that with or without help they have removed their dictator and have made an important step towards liberating themselves and deciding their future for themselves. I wish them the best of luck and hope that my fears are mistaken.