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Do You Really Want Britain To Dive Into A Bloodbath?

In Rich Maher on March 7, 2011 at 8:00 am

Rich Maher asks whether Libya is the best place for Cameron and Obama to play global policemen.

As Libya has become the latest headliner, and perhaps the most prominent, in a persistently growing list of countries attempting to overthrow their dictatorships, the irritating idealists are already calling for the ‘super powers’ of the Western world, including the United Kingdom and particularly America, to ram their patronising oars into the extraordinary wave of revolution occurring in the Middle East and North Africa this year.

The inspiring revolutionary scenes reported from Egypt and Tunisia earlier in the year are almost a distant memory as Libya have certainly taken centre-stage in the British media.  Unfortunately for the insanely deluded Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, who somehow previously came to the conclusion that; “democracy means permanent rule!”, the news of these uprisings certainly inspired one or four million Libyan rebels as he has lost the support of the majority of his country leaving him a rather lonely figure, desperately clinging onto his beliefs by stubbornly but defiantly claiming; “I am not going to leave this land I am going to die here and die here as a martyr!”  After leading the nation for an extensive 42 years, it’s questionable as to whether the stress of the situation will beat the rebels to it, but one thing is for certain; it’s not the West’s job.

Although the national armed forces are still perceived to be fiercely protecting their leader, it surely won’t be long until their numbers also dwindle and Gaddafi becomes much more vulnerable leading to his eventual, inevitable disposition.  If his brainwashing techniques have failed to indoctrinate the majority of the public, and lead them to riot, members of the army are not immune.  This begs the question; why would we get involved and taint the purity of this revolution when natural progression suggests it will reach the desired outcome anyway?

Barack Obama has recently publicly stated that Gaddafi has “lost legitimacy”, fuelling rumours of America getting involved in an effort to impose democracy upon Libya.  Sound familiar?  The situation can draw many parallels with Vietnam and we all know how that ended up; an undeniable failure for the USA resulting in President Richard Nixon piteously attempting to hand the war back to the original protestors.  Surely they have learnt from this to no longer unnecessarily steal the responsibility from them in the first place.

Of course President Obama and David Cameron are currently considering enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya, making it impossible for Gadaffi to use his air forces to obliterate protestors.  The hypocrisy of this is also astounding considering Britain had sold Libya some of these weapons in the not too distant past.  How can we even try to bang on about the importance of democracy whist effectively supporting these oppressive regimes? Is this no-fly zone really out of concern for the people of the country itself  or the most minor military operation they could employ in an attempt to stifle the cries of those calling for Western involvement, meaning they don’t have to admit it’s simply none of their business?

With this in mind it’s fair to say Britain has enough problems of its own to start heroically hunting down Gaddafi.  Whilst David Cameron is still focusing on the economy with George Osbourne in the face of public spending cuts, which have been brushed aside by the media in exchange for morbidly exciting scenes abroad, and Nick Clegg is pondering whether Italy or the French alps should be his next destination for a timely skiing trip, it’s fair to say Britain could get away with not giving Libya a second thought.  But it’s also true that there’s oil in Libya.  And where there’s oil, all major countries give invasion a thought.

Libya has the 9th largest proven oil reserves in the world and so in the interests of our own economy, the government must’ve considered sneaking their way into the country in an Iraq-like fashion, whilst patronisingly lying to us about how they’re honourably protecting the needs of the poor citizens.  Ironically, Gaddafi has already warned that if we did get involved, that it would be “much worse than Iraq”.  He stressed how it would be a “very bloody war” and crudely stressed the “hell and a bloodbath” it would result in.  Obviously this is the last thing the public want to hear considering the injustice our troops are currently experiencing in Afghanistan and was an effective device used by Gaddafi.  However, such is the unstable nature of the man; it’s possible that this was a distinct threat and not a media device at all, giving Britain even more reason to stay well away.

Finally, why would we help Libya above anyone else?  Apart from the selfish factor of oil, any involvement in Libya would result in the Tunisian, Egyptian and other potential revolutions calling for our assistance and questioning why we wouldn’t support them.  If we’re displacing Gaddafi then why shouldn’t we attack Robert Mugabe?  Trying to enforce ourselves upon Libya sets a highly dangerous precedent, pressurising us to get involved in future turmoil irrelevant to ourselves.  Also, such is the delicate moral balance of Muslim countries, any troops would have to march on eggshells and it could be considered stupid to get involved and risk upsetting a faith which could result in making our own country vulnerable.

Everyone knows that being a hero presents a glorious image of you to everyone else; however, it’s also the easiest way to put yourself in danger.  It might not be the most inspiring message, but it’s a sensible one.  And it’s about time Britain’s government decided to be sensible.

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