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By The Reverend Published: September 11, 2013

George W. Bush March 19, 2003, announcing the U.S. attack on Iraq had begun.....

“We will bring freedom to others and we will prevail.”

Over ten years later.....

.... the era that dawn ushered in looks anything but simple. After tens of thousands of deaths, not just of Americans, but also of Iraqis – many, if not most, at the hands of other Iraqis – that country is still in turmoil. American troops are gone and a democratically elected government rules. But bombings and massacres continue, and the country remains mired in sectarian feuding between Sunni and Shiite Muslims.

Remember the great NATO military victory in Libya? The one where Gaddafi was removed from leadership without, you know, U.S. boots on the ground? Here's Obama explaining in March 2011, why the attack on Libya was necessary....

United States forces are conducting a limited and well-defined mission in support of international efforts to protect civilians and prevent a humanitarian disaster.

What about Libya today?

Libya has almost entirely stopped producing oil as the government loses control of much of the country to militia fighters.....

As world attention focused on the coup in Egypt and the poison gas attack in Syria over the past two months, Libya has plunged unnoticed into its worst political and economic crisis since the defeat of Gaddafi two years ago. Government authority is disintegrating in all parts of the country.

And here's Obama from last night's national address to the nation about Syria.....

"...to my friends on the right, I ask you to reconcile your commitment to America’s military might with a failure to act when a cause is so plainly just."

Obama played the part of Goldilocks in last night's speech. He and the Empire leaders, alone, getting it just right with Syria.

"To my friends on the left, I ask you to reconcile your belief in freedom and dignity for all people with those images of children writhing in pain, and going still on a cold hospital floor. For sometimes resolutions and statements of condemnation are simply not enough."

And sometimes......judging by current conditions in Iraq and Libya.....giving war a chance, even with lengthy U.S. military occupations.....is "simply not enough" either. Unless.....unless....the real agenda in blowing shite up and removing leaders in the middle east.....is not really humanitarian in nature.

And how could that be? I mean, America is the only "exceptional" nation in all of world history....isn't it? America does what is Good and Righteous, as one might expect from the world's uniquely exceptional society. So, how could I suggest that U.S. invasions, attacks and military occupations of middle eastern countries are based on anything other than U.S. humanitarian concerns?

Iraq and Libya....both recipients of U.S. "humanitarianism".....are hellholes of violence and unrest today.....

Violence in Iraq killed some 1,000 people in July (2013), the highest death toll seen in any month since 2008....

The Independent.....

Libyans are increasingly at the mercy of militias which act outside the law. Popular protests against militiamen have been met with gunfire; 31 demonstrators were shot dead and many others wounded as they protested outside the barracks of “the Libyan Shield Brigade” in the eastern capital Benghazi in June.

Humanitarian relief? Spreading freedom and democracy?

Yes, U.S. presidents tell us military attacks are for spreading democracy and freedom to middle easterners who deserve it. Yes, U.S. presidents tell us that attacking, bombing and/or militarily occupying middle eastern countries is for humanitarian purposes.

If those types of claims are valid......why are Iraq and Libya in the hellacious conditions they're in today?

Whatever your answer is to that question will determine whether you accept Obama's "humanitarian" guilt-excuse for attacking Syria.

I'm a liberal....I know why U.S. forces are currently in multiple middle eastern countries......and so attempts to use manipulative, emotional "humanitarian" pleas to win over progressives on "the left" to the idea of yet another attack on yet another middle eastern country fall on deaf ears.

 

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