By Kiti Bolea
US has launched their first missiles, and French air force jets have destroyed some tanks and armored vehicles inside Libya. The Pentagon have labelled these strikes “Operation Odyssey Dawn”. Over 110 Tomahawk cruise missiles have been used in the strike by coalition ships and submarines against Libyan air defense, surface-to-air missile sites and communication nodes (video below).
All I can say is get ready for the shit to hit the fan. The no fly zone was one thing. A full on invasion is a whole other ball game. Even the option of arming the rebels to allow them to fight back seems safer than this. Gaddafi will become a martyr in the eyes of the Arab world, a victim with this invasion, then all hell will break loose.
I’m with Russia, China & Germany on this one. Would these countries be so concerned if Libya were a coconut growing country? Its about the oil, and its going to get ugly fast.
Granted, Libya’s relationship with the Arab world is complex. But is this invasion really an effort to rid Libya of the evil that is Gaddafi, or is it about the energy security crisis?
Europe is heavily dependent on Libya for oil. Is this why France is leading the charge? Are the invaders doing this for the welfare of Libyans? Or is it to get their hands on the oil? And whose ears have the oil magnates been whispering into?
While the rebels fight for their lives and democracy, these invaders have arrived for one purpose; to get their hands on Libya’s oil with the guise of humanitarian intervention.
And once again, the US has decided to get involved with yet another Arab country. How far are they willing to ride this one out? With the current state of the US economy, they definitely do not have the resources to commit to this should it all go south and drag on indefinitely.
My fear is that this invasion will unite the Arab world. Sure some lives will be saved now, but this will be nothing compared to what will happen when the Arab world retaliates. And retaliate they will.
It’s worrying that the world’s biggest countries Russia, China and Germany are against this invasion. They may be seen to be sitting back watching all this unfold, but I won’t be surprised if they supply weapons to the Gaddafi regime on the down low to defend themselves, as an invasion is not in the best interests for these countries. And if this does turn into global mayhem, where will their allegiance lie?
In response to a reader’s comments, why is it such a hard concept to grasp that there is a high possibility that Russia would be supplying these weapons? UN resolution or not, the US and France are walking on a very dangerous albeit thin line with their Tomahawk missile strikes on Libya. These air strikes will incur irreversible repercussions and may start and cause large-scale combat operations, which will literally throw these UN resolutions out the window.
Lets just be upfront about this. Gaddafi is no pushover. Whoever thinks that the allied forces are just going to jump in, shoot a couple of missiles from the sidelines, and jump out again, need to get your heads out of your asses and wake the hell up! Since the coalition air strikes, according to Libyan media outlets, 50 civilians have been killed and over 150 wounded, with numerous health and education facilities destroyed. This number is only going to rise.
Think about it for a second from both sides. Those missiles do not discriminate between pro-Gaddafi supporters and the rebels. The waring groups are quite near each other, therefore rebels and innocent people will be killed, there’s no two ways about that.
So what is going to happen? Like it or not, there is the high possibility that some rebels will join forces with the very people that they are fighting, to defend themselves as well as their civilian and economic facilities that these air strikes have already started to destroy.
Gaddafi has said that they are preparing for a long-lasting war with foreign aggressors. Libyan authorities have now started handing out arms from military depots to the country’s population. And where do you think they are going to get artillery reinforcements to defend themselves? Russia.
Revolution is a messy business, and many lives will be lost. But when other countries interfere in the countries internal affairs, it can easily turn from a revolution to all out war, and God forbid, World War Three (WW3).
Watch below as the US Navy launches Tomahawks as part of Operation Odyssey Dawn.