US President Barack Obama’s rejection of Muammar Gaddafi’s plea for a ceasefire again underscores that NATO’s intervention into Libya’s civil war has nothing to do with protecting civilians. As with Iraq and Afghanistan, its objective is regime change, so as to ensure the untrammelled domination of the Western powers over the country’s oil and gas reserves.
In a three-page letter to Obama, Gaddafi beseeched the US president to stop the “unjust war against the small people of a developing country.”
Praising Obama as a man of “courage,” and wishing him victory in the 2012 elections, the Libyan dictator ends with a pathetic personal appeal: “Despite all this, you will always remain our son whatever happened.”
The letter appears to have been motivated by the US decision earlier this week to withdraw from participation in the air bombardment of Gaddafi’s forces to a more “supportive” capacity. This has been presented by some in the US media, largely for domestic considerations, as an indication that the White House wanted to distance itself from yet another war in the region.
But if the Gaddafi regime was taken in by such propaganda, it was quickly disabused. The appeal was immediately slapped down by the Obama administration. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Gaddafi “knows what he must do”―making clear that nothing less than “his departure from power and...his departure from Libya” would suffice.
That's from Julie Hyland's "Obama makes clear US opposition to ceasefire, insists on regime change in Libya" (WSWS). I'm glad about the latest development above because it makes clear that this was never about 'humanitarian' goals. Maybe it will wake a few members of the Cult of St. Barack up. C.I. had a great piece last night about how when we strip that power from Barack, he has to work really hard to continue wars and to create new ones.
It is past time to take back our power. But if we make an effort to do so, it will succeed. And the ground work's been laid already by the real left -- as opposed to The Nation, et al. Those outlets encourage us to hero worship, reduce us to the status of children and fans. This is our democracy and we are active participants in it even when we choose to sit it out. So we need to own and value our part in it. And we need to open our eyes.