On the right side
I have been following the Libyan situation on CNNI and Al Jazeera. I really like Al Jazeera! This is not Iraq or Afghanistan, and NATO air strikes are regarded as a necessity by the opposition forces. Libyans know that even precision air attacks risk hitting civilians, but these attacks are the only thing keeping Qaddafi’s artillery and tanks from crushing the opposition. There have been no confirmed reports of civilian deaths due to the air strikes, but there have been two incidents where opposition forces have been accidentally attacked. The basic problem is the lack of forward observers on the ground with the opposition coordinating these attacks.
In Syria, Al Jazeera took some pictures of men in civilian clothes firing pistols at demonstrators. In Bahrain, protesters have been arrested and beaten. Hospitals have also been raided looking for wounded protesters. The same thing in Yemen.
We need to to pull the 5th Fleet out of Bahrain, and our forces from the Arab Middle East. The Awakening movement crosses sectarian lines. If nothing else, it deserves our moral support.
Pervis James Casey
Apr 10 2011 - 4:08pm