imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Begrudgingly for Freedom

by Sudhama Ranganathan Wednesday, Mar. 23, 2011 at 10:21 AM
uconnharassment@gmail.com

This past week the leaders from ten member nations of the UN Security Council finally went ahead and voted to approve helping the Libyan rebels by imposing a no-fly zone over Libya. Gadhafi’s planes, ant-aircraft systems and some of his ground troops “posing a risk to civilians” are being targeted and that is a good thing as it is a measure of help and good faith with the size forces we currently have in the region we can easily provide. It is the least our nation can do (and in Libya the most we should do) as we made such a mess of Iraq, due to one administration basing everything on the say so of one person from Iraq and ignoring reams of evidence from multiple experts warning there was no justification for such action. (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/03/13/60minutes/main20042166.shtml?tag=contentMain;contentBody) Saddam Hussein is gone and that’s good, but due to that administration we were shamed as a nation on not just a national stage but in front of the globe.

Begrudgingly for Fre...
begrudginglyforfredom.jpg, image/jpeg, 400x374

Leaders across the world voted to help the Libyan rebels and some of the more prominent members of the UN abstained from voting in protest and out skepticism about the outcome. It’s true Gadhafi might continue, but previous to his using his air defenses, tanks and so forth the rebels were winning and in fact swept the country. After we have drawn down from there, once the anti aircraft capability have been taken out and most of his tanks etc have been substantially muted, they can fight on a more level playing field as deploying any of our ground troops in any sort of combat capacity would be the wrong thing to do.

What’s been very interesting is hearing from the skeptics, abstainers and people in opposition. Back home it has been very telling as many hawks, Cold War expansionists and those that claimed for years what we were doing in Iraq was to support liberty, freedom and democracy in Iraq, all came out annoyed, disturbed, bitter and peeved that we would help out the in a true instance of what they clung to and lauded previously.

Any attempts at questions or words of doubt raised against the Iraq War in the early days were met with charges of anti-Americanism, being traitorous or unpatriotic. Yet now when the very reasons cheaply peddled to us in the lead up to the Iraq War for helping out can clearly be seen by all, beads of sweat glistening on foreheads, nervousness and jitters now betray images of once screaming eagles.

Here is the region that was supposedly convinced that what Al Qaeda said was correct. That America wanted to go in and plunder resources and would do business, and in fact preferred to do business, with dictators, tyrants and the very embodiment of people that were the antithesis of everything we claimed to stand for, was one of their most trumpeted calls. It’s a region rife with the legacy of the creation of Muslim extremism people like Zbigniew Brzezinski and Charlie Wilson fostered to help take down and destabilize the old USSR. (http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/BRZ110A.html)

Yet finally some have challenged the belief only religious extremists exist there and have asked to have freedom, liberty and democracy and so many military leaders have suddenly been coughing “not in our national interests” under their breaths. And really it’s about time. For years people from the left and right have been calling foul regarding those claims, and now we watch our generals say “yeah we’re doing it but we’re not happy about it” across TV screens nationwide. Apparently some of those conspiracy theorists were right. Who knew? (Not that anybody’s going to be interviewing Michael Ruppert anytime soon on national TV)

Now generals both retired and currently serving, have acknowledged they feel that is not the kind of thing we should be getting into. They are all saying it’s a waste of resources to be protecting the oppressed and terrorized around the world. Obviously there is another reason we have between 700 -800 military bases worldwide. (http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=5564) What they don’t tell us is that really it is just muscle.

The men and women on the ground serving our nation of course are not responsible for any of this. It is people calling the shots that cause the problem of making decisions to exploit our military to protect the overseas business interests of wealthy corporations that obviously pay no American taxes on those overseas interests, barely pay any of the taxes they owe back home and hardly hire any Americans in those countries. Yet it’s our tax dollars that go to pay for security guards for them overseas.

Perhaps there are generals etc that love soaking up the rays on million dollar overseas golf courses and being in charge of bases, some of which are so large they require nine bus routes to get around on, and using patriotism as an excuse to maintain their cushy lifestyles, but back home we have teachers getting laid off. Back home ordinary people can no longer afford the increasing college tuition rates at state schools and funding for public schools in general are on the chopping block like they meant nothing.

Perhaps there are commanders that see a future raking in the cash upon retiring as rent a generals making sure those good ole rich boys have their tails covered at their sweatshops and oil refineries. (http://www.democracynow.org/2010/12/27/from_the_pentagon_to_the_private) But their becoming millionaires when they retire is not in our interest. Not at all. Surely and with hope there are some of them that see that. Those that have been voicing doubt about fighting for democracy have in some ways admitted we can now pull substantial military resources out of East Asia, Southeast Asia, the Asia Pacific Rim, the Middle East and Europe with no negative impact on our national security apparatus.

What’s also been interesting is seeing some of the nations not in support of the action. Take for instance the list of those abstaining from support which was Brazil, Russia, India, China, and Germany. That China and Russia abstained was no revelation. One was interesting. Germany.

In Germany, according to the Pentagon, we currently have about 57,155 troops serving. We also have 265 military installations/ bases there. (http://motherjones.com/military-maps) Yet they were not on our side. We have had heavy troop presence there since the end of WWII through the Cold War and still today. Yet Germans don’t equate our presence with liberty, freedom and democracy. Not only did they not believe in the usefulness of Libyan involvement, but according to a poll 79% of Germans want their leadership to start withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. (http://trends.gmfus.org/)

After all this time they have not been convinced of our stated mission and it positive effects around the globe. What’s wrong with them? (lol)

We should help the Libyan rebels out with getting a head start that would be good. The fact we are not taking the lead and waited this time is perhaps the best military decision made by a US president since the decision to invade Afghanistan after 911 and much more sophisticated and nuanced – so far. After the help in crippling Gadhafi’s forces and leveling the playing field we should let them decide their own fate and leave. That includes oil. We should let them decide what they will do and not allow greedy corporations like Exxon/ Mobil that paid zero US taxes in 2009 to cause more trouble for us. Let Libyans decide how to manage their own fields.

We had no clout with Gadhafi or his regime to influence change and to get him to stop attacking his people. This was a good decision. In Bahrain and the rest as in Tunisia and Egypt we should use our influence and find ways to broker peace non-militarily. Further we can start to completely pull out of many other regions. Let’s pull out of Iraq totally and let them do with their country as they see fit. Hussein is gone and the majority of Iraqis do not want us there. We can save a lot of US dollars by doing so and take off the unnecessary strain that occupation is causing us.

We can also make a plan to cut our global presence in half in terms of bases. We simply do not need 700 - 800 bases worldwide and the generals acknowledged it. They have led to corruption and so much else. We are asking American citizens to sacrifice so much back home, and for what? The Cold War is over and it’s time to stop looking at the world through that lens. Times change and the Cold Warriors can now stand down as now they have become a burden on us. In so many places it is now simply us providing them with a way to maintain a lifestyle they enjoy that we cannot afford.

Let’s applaud President Obama for proving that we can do it for the right reasons and in the right way. But let’s also draw down and pull out. This whole bloated lifestyle of the enlisted and famous is so out of date. Let’s take off the bell bottoms and step into the new millennium.

To read about my inspiration for this article go to www.lawsuitagainstuconn.com.

Report this post as:

LATEST COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 2 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
TITLE AUTHOR DATE
this is war propaganda Bombs for Peace Wednesday, Mar. 23, 2011 at 11:12 AM
'Begrudgingly' yeah, right... Fucking for Virginity Thursday, Mar. 24, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Local News

Change Links September 2018 posted S02 10:22PM

More Scandals Rock Southern California Nuke Plant San Onofre A30 11:09PM

Site Outage Friday A30 3:49PM

Change Links August 2018 A14 1:56AM

Setback for Developer of SC Farm Land A12 11:09PM

More problems at Shutdown San Onofre Nuke J29 10:40PM

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 8:27PM

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 7:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 7:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 11:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J11 6:58AM

Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California M31 5:20AM

Change Links June 2018 posted M28 7:41AM

The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years M22 8:01PM

Unity Archive Project M21 9:42AM

Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi M17 10:22PM

CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police M10 9:08PM

Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies M10 8:57PM

California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings) M02 8:31PM

Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico A29 11:47PM

Change Links May 2018 A27 8:40AM

Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed A27 5:37AM

GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE A13 12:39AM

lausd whistle blower A11 6:58AM

Website Upgrade A10 10:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 8:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 6:58PM

Change Links April 2018 A01 6:27PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Cybermonde, cyberguerre, cyberespace, cyberterrorisme S24 6:35AM

Paraphysique de psychosomatique S22 6:58AM

Chuck Grassley: Women Abusing, Animal Murdering, Illegal War Supporting Criminal S22 2:58AM

Finance Capitalism and the Digital Economy S21 4:45PM

Muselières syndicales, muselières patronales S21 7:19AM

Jeff Bezos, Amazon, The Washington Post, Whole Foods, Etc S21 2:50AM

Why Choose Nut Milk Over Cows' Milk S21 1:01AM

Antrhopocène, le grand effondrement S19 9:53AM

Abolir l'économie S18 11:18AM

The Dictatorship of Corporations S17 5:26PM

18 Lethal Consequences Of Hunting S17 3:13PM

Paraphysique de l'outplacement déontologue S15 6:51AM

Shopping du bashing S14 8:42AM

After Lehman Brothers, Experts Say Global Financial Crisis Can Happen Again S13 8:28PM

“Animaniacs in Concert!” Starring Voice Legend Rob Paulsen S12 9:30PM

Probabilités de fin d'humanité S12 6:49AM

Florida Area of Migrant Farmworkers Denied Right to Construct Health Clinic near NaplesCIW S11 2:57AM

Steer clear of work morality! S09 12:10PM

The Shortwave Report 09/07/18 Listen Globally! S06 11:23PM

August 2018 Honduras Coup update S06 12:28PM

Brett Kavanaugh Filled The 5th Circuit With Execution Judges S06 6:14AM

Augusta Georgia Woman Gets 5 Year Prison Sentence for Writing About Russians Crime Acts S05 8:29AM

Paraphysique de contextualité S05 8:29AM

Crisis Regulation in Global Capitalism S03 3:39PM

Ex-voto de réification S03 10:24AM

Please Oppose Warmonger, Execution and Torture Supporting Bush Operative Brett Kavanaugh A31 10:45PM

Paraphysique d'exploitation occultation A31 10:24PM

Ryan Zinke Is Charging Taxpayers For A Trophy Hunters' Council A31 2:10PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy