Friday, April 29, 2011

Voices Against the War on Libya

  • "What have people done to deserve all this?" asks Bishop Giovanni Innocenzo Martinell; "We cannot sleep and people are panicking" — This “war makes no sense”, the Italian govt should “resign”, Tripoli bishop says. "We can see women and children crying in the streets. Many Muslim women have come to church crying, asking the Pope to stop the conflict."

  • "Ambassador Gene Cretz’s estimate for a death toll in Libya today was 30,000," writes Jason Ditz, "which, if I’m remembering correctly, is about as much as the US was willing to cop to for the entire Iraq War until the WikiLeaks documents showed that to be a deliberate (and dramatic) undercount" — Libya Gaffe: US Death Toll Estimate Won’t Be Accurate ‘Until’ Ground Troops Arrive.

  • "The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation," said Senator Barack Obama in 2007, quoted here by a group quoted by Eric Garris — Veterans for Peace on Libya Intervention.

  • L. Reichard White notes that "consistent with the long U.S. tradition of mission creeps, the Obama Administration [has] authorized the use of killer Predator drones in Libya" — Predators — creeping into perpetual war?
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