It shouldn’t come as a surprise that not a single media figure or American commentator bothered to ask this question: what were the results of the recent U.S bombings in Libya?. Media figures didn’t ask during Nixon’s vicious bombing of Cambodia, the U.S supported Indonesian invasion of East Timor, and they certainly didn’t ask the last time we viciously bombed Libya under the orders of Ronald Reagan.
Unfortunately, the information we have regarding the U.S bombings in Libya is scarce. Following the U.S attacks on Cambodia, Afghanistan and Nicaragua, for example, church groups and various aid agencies provided British media with casualty counts.
In Libya, it might be too dangerous for the aid agencies to do provide this information. Remember when the U.S invaded Fallujah, Iraq, the first thing we did was take over the local general hospital, on the grounds that it was “a center of propaganda against allied forces” because it was producing “inflated civilian casualty figures.” Of course, we had no way of knowing they were inflated, and furthermore, the idea that you take over a hospital because it’s publishing casualty figures is criminally insane (not to mention a violation of the Geneva Conventions).
Based on the precedent set by U.S aggression in Fallujah, we may not have the luxury of using foreign organizations to investigate the results of the crimes we commit.
“It’s another crime that didn’t happen because we did it… We never bother to investigate the results of our own crimes.” – Noam Chomsky
Despite the U.S media stating that we had/have the full support of the Arab League for our recent bombings in Libya, that simply wasn’t true. Reuters reported and detailed some of the Arab League’s questioning and criticism of the Western bombardment.
From the article:
“What is happening in Libya differs from the aim of imposing a no-fly zone, and what we want is the protection of civilians and not the bombardment of more civilians,” Egypt’s state news agency quoted Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa as saying.
The articles goes on to say that the Arab League’s Moussa called for an emergency meeting of the group of 22 states to discuss Libya. He requested a report into the bombardment, which he said had “led to the deaths and injuries of many Libyan civilians.”
The excuse given by governments involved in bombing of so-called ‘Ghaddafi forces’ was ‘to protect civilians,’ which, we should not forget, has been a common historical tactic to carry out hegemony in front of the people’s eyes. The French had a ‘civilizing mission’ in Indochina. The British were carrying ‘the white man’s burden’. The Soviet Union had to fulfill its ‘internationalist duties’ in Afghanistan, and we’re usually involved in ‘spreading democracy’.
Now we’re trying to ‘protect civilians.’