By Kiti Bolea
Article first published as Strong Words Don’t Stop Bullets! on Technorati…I published it there first, and here again for my blog readers. Enjoy!
I turned on the tube earlier today to get the latest on the crises in Libya. What I watched was beyond frustrating, bordering on idiotic! I’m not referring to the actual events on the ground in the troubled nation. I’m talking about the so called analysis done by this station on what they considered vital in this time of chaos. What was the focus? The ‘strong words’ issued by the UN and the US on the events unfolding in this African country!
What good, if any, will ‘strong words’ bring the pro-democracy protesters in Libya, who are being killed by the dozens by a leader hell bent on remaining in power? None! Squat!
Will these ‘strong words’ shield Libyans from the live bullets used on them? Will these ‘strong words’ quell the delirious campaign by a disillusioned dictator determined to oppress the voice of free will? Why hasn’t President Obama taken a stronger stance on this?
Even more incredulous was the UN’s announcement that they were yet to determine whether the acts in Libya where considered a human rights violation! What exactly are they waiting for? It looks pretty clear cut from where I’m standing. Or are they waiting for a bloodbath amassing thousands before they start making some hard decisions?
Where’s the Security Council in all this? Admittedly, imposing a no fly zone over the country is a good first step. If implemented, we can at least be assured that the UN is not tip toeing around the issue, and are not afraid to get their hands dirty. Do we really need to wait until hundreds are murdered in cold blood before these so called freedom protectors mobilize and run with an effective plan of action.
It is so distressing thinking of the atrocities Libyans are going through, at the hands of the person and the people that should be protecting them, i.e. their president and their security forces.
For crying out loud, big players stand up already, stop talking and do something! Stop the madness!