JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: ANDREW PORTER WRITES THAT A “PARANOID” GADDAFI HIDES IN HOSPITALS – THE LIBYAN MISSION HAS BECOME BRUTALLY GROTESQUE   Leave a comment

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY ANDREW PORTER IN THE TELEGRAPH

This is an abuse of language and logic.

There is nothing paranoid about seeking safety when someone is genuinely trying to kill you.

NATO planes and missiles have bombed Gaddafi’s compound on several occasions, killing his son once.

NATO – and of course that is just a fig leaf term for the United States – has completely distorted the UN mandate for a no-fly zone into a bomb-anything-that-moves effort, including the leader of the country.

It’s the purest abuse of power to be doing this, entering into a civil war with high-tech, low-risk (for us) killing machines, trying to tip the balance against a man we don’t like.

Gaddafi is not a pleasant man, but then neither are the last few prime ministers of Israel, men who have killed more civilians almost certainly than Gaddafi has.

And places like Bahrain are just forgotten despite leaders who are every bit as ready to shoot people down in the streets.

There is nothing about this whole enterprise that has anything to do with human rights or democratic values.

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