March 19, 2011 "The Guardian" -- When Israel bombed Gaza at the end of 2008 in a brutal action which killed 1,300 people and destroyed 20,000 buildings, there was no question of the US allowing the UN to impose a no-fly zone over Gaza to protect its people, 50% of which are children. Those who support the UN security council's authorisation of a no-fly zone over Libya (Britain, France and US line up for air strikes against Gaddafi, 18 March) need to reflect on the selective nature of UN intervention throughout the world and in the Middle East in particular.
The UN will not be intervening in the Libyan revolution to protect civilians from Gaddafi's brutality. It will go in to further the interests of the world's major powers in the region. It will be an imperialist action, not a humanitarian one. After the bloodshed it produced in Serbia, Iraq and Afghanistan, the doctrine of "humanitarian military intervention" should be discredited beyond rehabilitation. The west is a major source of the problems of the Middle East and north Africa. It's not part of the solution, even when its troops wear blue helmets.
110 cruise missiles dropped on Libya today
And we wonder who has ''weapons of mass destruction''.
We won the match today **manages a smile**. Awesome, Alhamdulillah. I was so hoping we'd win... even though people are generally negative about our team these days.
"Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it." - Adolph Hitler
"In war, truth is the first casualty." - Aeschylus
First it was Saddam. Then Gaddafi.
Now there's a vacancy for the West's favourite crackpot tyrant
March 19, 2011 "The Independent" - -So we are going to take "all necessary measures" to protect the civilians of Libya, are we? Pity we didn't think of that 42 years ago. Or 41 years ago. Or... well, you know the rest. And let's not be fooled by what the UN resolution really means. Yet again, it's going to be regime-change. And just as in Iraq – to use one of Tom Friedman's only memorable phrases of the time – when the latest dictator goes, who knows what kind of bats will come flying out of the box?
And after Tunisia, after Egypt, it's got to be Libya, hasn't it? The Arabs of North Africa are demanding freedom, democracy, liberation from oppression. Yes, that's what they have in common. But what these nations also have in common is that it was us, the West, that nurtured their dictatorships decade after decade after decade. The French cuddled up to Ben Ali, the Americans stroked Mubarak, while the Italians groomed Gaddafi until our own glorious leader went to resurrect him from the political dead.
Could this be, I wonder, why we have not heard from Lord Blair of Isfahan recently? Surely he should be up there, clapping his hands with glee at another humanitarian intervention. Perhaps he is just resting between parts. Or maybe, like the dragons in Spenser's Faerie Queen, he is quietly vomiting forth Catholic tracts with all the enthusiasm of a Gaddafi in full flow.
Conversation of the day
Subject: Clothes for a pretty close family wedding coming up
Reaction: No surprise'
Characters: Relatives who will be attending the wedding
Cousin 1: You have got to see shops 1,2,3,4,...
Cousin 2: You have got to see the kaam in shops 3.5,9.8, ...
Cousins' Mom: You have got to find these color combinations as they are the latest in the market: colors AB, GH, JH, ...
Me: *listening to all this with mouth slightly hanging open wondering, is this info out in newspapers or something?*
Me: *finally finds tongue* - Oh okay. We did visit certain shops. Didn't find what we were looking for..
Mum: Aunt H said that the 'kam' you found in shop KJ was too expensive
Me: *wondering, how does Aunt H know - she didn't see that 'kaam'*
People just know these things I suppose - by er, hearing about them.
Meanwhile, the most idiotic thing I have ever done was to browse through websites of clothes (and yeah! there are websites that give you latest clothes/styles/colors etc etc - I never knew or ventured near them!)... at 3.30 in the morning. [btw, what else can you do at this time *wideeee yaaawwwn*]
But in the senseless wanderings at 3.30, you do stumble upon cool colors like these.. :D (er, not the fact that this is a shararah!! -- er, but the colors are so cool) - not that anybody is ever wearing something like this color... sigh. People should be allowed to wear what they wanna wear. Even if they want to wear something parrot greeny (eurgh) or gray/black.