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  •  Isn't this all violence that happened after (0+ / 0-)

    NATO intervention?

    •  After 40 years, the Libyan people (2+ / 0-)
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      realized that there are things worse than death.  The bundle of deprivations of human rights which constitutes abuse is worse than death for one simple reason.  The object of the abuse is power and power, to be felt, has to hurt.  So, injury and insult are prerequisites.  Moreover, the lust for power tends to become obsessive and, like other obsessions, cannot be satisfied.  So, the abuse can only increase, unless there's an intervention.

      Finally, since the object of abuse is injury, when the victim resists and risks additional injury, the victim becomes the abuser's tool and, in effect, does his dirty work for him. So the "responsibility" for the injury is effectively transferred from the perpetrator to the victim.  The rationalization that the captives on Guantanamo are responsible for their torture because they resisted enhanced interrogation by refusing to speak is a good example of how that works.  Also, Saddam Hussein was responsible for the invasion of Iraq because he refused to be subservient to U.S. demands.  These rationalizations are a perversion of morality, but they are widespread.

      When authority stands silent in the face of abuse, it becomes complicit.  So, to the extent the U.S. ignored the Lybian prisons (or our own states' for that matter), our agents of government were complicit in the abuse of human rights.

      by hannah on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 04:03:16 AM PDT

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    •  The shelling of Misrata begain before NATO (0+ / 0-)

      There would be a lot more people seeking treatment in Tunis if not for NATO.

      See NATO slammed for Libya civilian deaths NOT! for another example of how the pro-Qaddafi forces try to blame the shelling of Misrata against NATO.

      Remember history, Clay Claiborne, Director Vietnam: American Holocaust - narrated by Martin Sheen

      by Clay Claiborne on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 07:10:39 AM PDT

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