27 Jun 2011
We assembled outside City Hall, facing
to the West. Officially, the reason that the US intervened in the
fighting in Libya was to protect the civilian population from Libya's
Moammar Gadhafi (He's officially listed as the "Leader and Guide of the
Revolution of Libya"). Philly Against War (PAW) questions that in our hand-out
suggesting that the collateral damage cause during the bombing campaign
(The US also has Special Forces on the ground, but no organized units
of troops) is so extensive that the US is not really protecting
civilans in any event. BTW, the US wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and
Pakistan have cost us about $4
Professor and blogger Juan Cole, who
frequently reports on Mideast affairs, covers
recent Congressional vote
on Libyan actions and notes that
opposition to the war stems just as much from anti-Obama sentiment on
the Republican side as it does from anti-war feelings on the Democratic
side. Marcy "Emptywheel" Wheeler, comments
concerning the war in Libya and the War Powers Act:
The issue of how Obama came to claim
Libya did not involve “hostilities,” by itself, had Koh speaking in
circles worthy of his former student, John Yoo.
of the rally from fellow PAW member Sainatee Suarez.
Human Rights Watch has
current leadership for human rights abuses. HRW warned
of the legal difficulties it might face by joining in with
the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. They also had questions about the
people that the US would
of Iraq. Very sensibly, HRW also pointed out that
G.W. Bush's "War on Terror" was
human rights abuses.
This young woman was a marvelous
"conductor" to our "orchestra."
Russian TV reports that opposition
within Libya to the NATO bombing of that country and
Patrick Cockburn reports that the situation in Libya is a bit more
than has generally been reported.