As refugee numbers mount, Libyan stalemate could be Obama’s undoing
Posted by Ann Corcoran on April 23, 2011
We were told by the French, the British and the UNITED NATIONS that we had to save the people of Libya from Qadhafi. President Obama said, oh sure, as long as the UN says it’s about humanitarianism we’re in! There was apparently no serious planning, no serious thought when Macbeth’s “weird sisters” Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice and Samantha Power told Obama to jump (and he did). Now we are faced with a “slow motion humanitarian crisis” according to the Politico:
Obama originally justified U.S. involvement on the grounds that it was needed to avert an imminent humanitarian crisis there, including the possibility that large numbers of civilians would be killed if forces loyal to Qadhafi overran the rebel-held city of Benghazi.
Now critics see a stalemate producing a similar, slow-motion humanitarian crisis that could linger for months.
“Deterring Qadhafi’s forces from moving forward doesn’t remove him from power, doesn’t create a functioning economy, doesn’t solve humanitarian problems of people being out of their homes, out of work — all of which comes from having this war drag on and on,” said Anthony Cordesman, a defense analyst at the Brookings Institution. “What gets totally lost here is you have hundreds of thousands of people displaced here — refugees … you’re losing economic opportunity, losing jobs, the educational system is breaking down, the whole infrastructure is coming under pressure.”
“The problem we face, is, having started this without evidently any clear plan as to what the outcome would be, we are everyday making this worse.
And, now we have the UN running to Russia for help with, what else, the “humanitarian crisis” that was unleashed by the UN itself! We have two stories on UN officials begging Russia for help.
Here is UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Moscow telling the world the fighting must stop—-waaahhhh! Make it stop! The United Nations (presumably with Ban’s blessing) unleashed the three witches in the first place!
Moscow – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday renewed his call for an end to the violence in conflict-ridden Libya.
‘I urge the Libyan authorities to stop fighting and stop killing people,’ he said during an official visit to Moscow.
He said the United Nations’ priority right now was to implement a verifiable and effective ceasefire so that humanitarian aid efforts could be stepped up. Only then, he said, could the flow of refugees out of the country be stopped.
He estimated that half a million people had already fled Libya.
Also in Moscow we learn that the UN is begging for money for the refugee crisis of its own making!
More than $160 million is needed to help refugees from riot-hit Libya, President of the UN General Assembly Joseph Deiss said in an interview with Russia Today TV channel.
Libyan opposition leaders earlier requested the international community to protect the Libyan people “from any further genocide and crimes against humanity without any direct military intervention on Libyan soil.”
“On the one hand, the UN stands for member states and their sovereignty, and on the other hand there are fundamental values the UN stands for,” Deiss said.
“And, beyond certain limits the international community has the moral duty to protect those who are at the mercy of the governments who are not coming up to their obligations,” he added.
Protect! It would be so ironic if one of Obama’s national security advisors, Samantha Power, and her scheme (with George Soros) called the “Responsibility or Right to Protect” would destroy far more lives then it saved. But, I guess that’s what happens when we put immature ideologues and community organizers together in the White House.
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