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Perhaps not the most unbiased of sources, but it offers a perspective worth considering:
The HRI said it has convincing evidence that the cluster bombing blamed on pro-Gaddafi forces was actually carried out by the US navy.
The report says at the time of the attack, Human Rights Watch and a reporter working for US media immediately blamed forces loyal to Libya’s embattled leader Muammar Gaddafi for the cluster bombing that threatened civilian lives.
According to the report, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay and the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were quick to condemn the act. …
The Libyan regime had flatly denied reports that they have used internationally banned cluster bombs in the ongoing clashes with revolutionaries.
As I’ve stated previously, Gaddafi is a war criminal and deserves to be treated as such. But the standard corporate narrative that portrays the United States as being a pinnacle of justice and a defender of human rights is utterly laughable, and needs to be challenged at every step.
It is quite probable that the United States has used cluster bombs in Libya, as it appears they have done in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Cluster bombs are against international law and their deployment should be considered deplorable, as they are a particularly brutal form of weapon. However, focusing on the type of weapon used misses the larger issue. War of any kind is reprehensible, and any entity which engages in warfare should be considered, by definition, guilty of war crimes.
Barack Obama is a war criminal not for sanctioning the use of cluster bombs in Libya, but for allowing military action of any kind to take place. His crime is particularly egregious in that he failed to obtain approval from the American public before sending American weaponry – and therefore American taxpayer money – into yet another war of aggression.
What kind of pathology exists within the human species that even now, well into the 21st century, we still expend such vast sums of money and resources on violence and war? How long will we continue to tolerate such atrocities? Our stance towards warfare should be painfully simple: It is never, under any circumstances, an acceptable course of action. It is always avoidable. Always.
Our constant resort to violence represents a vestige of our more primitive, animalistic origins. Apes and wolves may solve their differences through violent means, but human beings have absolutely no reason to do so. We alone of all the species bear the capacity for critical reflection and analysis, and it is an embarrassment that we too often fail to utilize these tools, and choose instead to maim and slaughter.
The use of violence as a means to settle disputes should be viewed as barbaric and despicable under all circumstances, but particularly when perpetuated by a nation that pretends – or at least aspires – to be the world’s lone protector of justice and human rights. We should keep this in mind as election season begins to enter full swing, and withhold our support from any candidate who proudly and brazenly proclaims that “all options are on the table.”
Individuals who hold such vies are clinging to an antiquated, primitive world view in which the law of the jungle still reigns supreme. If we are to continue to progress and mature as a species, we cannot allow such people to hold positions of power in our society.