Uncle Sam on the job yet again

March 21st, 2011

“For God’s sake leave us alone,” screamed a 40-something burqa-clad woman in Benghazi against the attack launched by allied forces against ‘tyrant’ Muammar Gaddafi. Ever since civilians in Libya declared war against their leader for 42 years, the port city of Benghazi – Libya’s second largest city has become a household name across the world. However, the place could well turn out a new playground for President Obama, who was longing for such an opportunity to come his way with the help of which he can now finally show Americans that he is the quintessential US President and not the one who would bring “change”.

As massive fighter jets took off Saturday night for Libya, the world watched in awe that Uncle Sam was back again on the job it knows best – to intervene in other’s affairs not because their hearts bleed for poor Libyans but because the smell of oil is too strong to resist.

The ghastly memories of 2003 were rushing to my mind when President Obama called Gaddafi “a tyrant who is killing his own people” in a similar fashion and accent that George W Bush used to describe Saddam Hussein in order to justify his attacks on Iraq. It has never been civilian or human rights that fuels American fighter jets but oil and only oil to swell its reserves. The US strategic petroleum reserve currently stands at 727 million barrels and the Obama administration is under severe pressure from the Congress to tap its reserves to stabilise prices.

Gaddafi has lost the nasty game he was playing and sooner or later he would face the inevitable. And just as people there took up arms against their leaders without any intervention from the US, the UK and France, they would have destroyed their dictators also and would have chosen their own leader. But now, with US intervention, not only will these people lose, they would become puppets in the hands of so-called Western democratic despots.

It was Mr Obama only who had said during his ever-aggressive election campaign that it was due to his predecessor’s faulty foreign policy that US was facing adverse impacts in its Af-Pak policy. Then what’s happened now? Mr Bush must now be laughing his heart out. And once again the US has proved that it can never change. The world is once again watching with muted response as global giants’ rampage the world again while others pay a heavy price.

And it would be foolish to think that the reason why suddenly the Arab leaders have joined hands with the allied forces is because they want democracy or they are proponents of human rights and dignity. Rather this is an extremely clever way of crushing the spirit of democracy that is sweeping the Arab world recently. This can be clearly seen in the way voices of democracy and freedom are getting choked in Bahrain.

Hope Mr Obama is quite aware of the fact that whether it is North Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia or Libya… US will only win hatred and NATO troops will bleed to death while terrorism raises its ugly head once again. Only this time they will be fiercer and bloodier!

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