Ikhras is pleased to announce the winner of the Muntadhar Zaidi Shoe of the Month Award for this August, 2011 is Mustafa Abdul Jalil, former Minister of Justice in the Mouamar Qadhafi regime and the current head of Libya’s National Transitional Council, a body championed and funded by the NATO states and semi-literate, Arab oil-Sheiks.
Slate’s Anne Applebaum tries to present more thoughtful analysis than that of Charles Krauthammer on intervention in Libya. Applebaum attempts to represent the so-called peaceful alternative to the more hawkish Krauthammer. Her reasoning on why Arabs aren’t welcoming US intervention in Libya:
Why the Arab anxiety about American and Western help? Why the reluctance among our allies? The answer can be summed up in a single word: Iraq. Far from setting “an example for the entire region,” as Krauthammer puts it, Iraq serves as a dire warning: Beware, for this could be the fate of your country. When the U.S. military entered Iraq, we knew nothing about the Iraqi opposition, except what we’d heard from a couple of exiles. Our soldiers didn’t speak Arabic and hadn’t been told what to do once they got to Baghdad. Incompetence led to chaos, which begat violence: Tens of thousands of people died in an eight-year civil war.
It’s amazing that eight years into the war on Iraq, and US mainstream media is still acting as an unpaid PR agency for the US government.
Hussein Ibish On Egypt
|Hussein Ibish On Libya|
|Under such volatile circumstances, commentators should be extremely careful.||Act. Now.|
|There are times when commentary needs to fall silent for a moment and let events sort themselves out.||Muammar al-Qaddafi’s bloodcurdling speech on Feb. 22 should force even skeptics of international intervention to think twice.|
The situation in Egypt is simply too opaque, at least at the time of writing this article, for anything so glib as predictions.
It is becoming increasingly clear that these difficulties are outweighed by the risks of standing by and watching events unfold without taking any meaningful action.
|There are times when commentary needs to fall silent for a moment and let events sort themselves out.||Unlike other Western interventions in the region, humanitarian action in Libya would place the United States and the West on the side of the aspirations of millions of ordinary Arabs|
Both Mubarak and Qadhafi have oppressed their people for decades. Both deserve to be overthrown in popular uprisings. So why this discrepancy in Ibish’s stance? The difference between the two is that Mubarak’s regime had a peace treaty with Israel and good relations with the US while Qadhafi doesn’t. As we’d previously noted,
Given Ibish’ role as the Washington concierge to PA officials, and his work for the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP), the Washington public relations firm of the Israeli-sponsored, Western-funded, American-supervised collaborationist regime in occupied-Ramallah, he’s probably feeling a little uncomfortable watching the ground shake under the PA’s main ally in the Arab world, [Egypt].
Government security forces have killed at least 84 people in three days of protests in several cities in Libya, Human Rights Watch said today, based on telephone interviews with local hospital staff and witnesses.