The reason I feel compelled to write this article is based off reading a news article titled "The 'Obama Doctrine': Has the president gone neocon in Libya?" by The Week (http://theweek.com/article/index/213369/the-obama-doctrine-has-the-president-gone-neocon-in-libya) and in the article they discuss the similarities between GW starting an assault on Afghanistan and then Iraq, mentions that "Obama opposed the so-called Bush Doctrine of preemptive, and if necessary, unilateral war against any perceived threat to the security of the United States" and I don't blame him for being opposed at the time. Hind sight has taught us that many mistakes have been made over the last decade, including fabricated stories that caused alarm and despondency in the US and the UK, along with other coalition countries.
However, can we as an educated, well funded, and fundamentally free society, whether we are English, Scottish, French, American, Spanish, or any other first world nation idly stand by while innocent lives are being snuffed out because a despot feels his grasp of power is slipping out of his reach. Having been ousted by his own people, is it morally right that he should go on a rampage against the very people that make the nation of Libya what it is? To kill men, women and children out of spite for their wishes?
Let me put this scenario to you:
What if Obama suddenly lost the plot, and issued a Presidential decree that the three levels of Government were now null and void, and that the ONLY law would be himself, President, and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces and anyone opposing the President would be silenced? That silence would also be expected of all persons within the States, and freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and all the other rights that we hold so dear are no longer rights? Would you stand by and allow such a thing to happen? I don't think so!
So how can we allow people such as Gaddafi, Mugabe, Kim Il Sung, Sein, Mebazaa, Salih, Triet, to name but a few of the worlds dictators (the whole sleuth can be seen at: http://www.planetrulers.com/category/dictators/) to carry on oppressing their people with iron fists?
Personally in my heart of hearts, something tells me that the weapons of mass destruction that were the heart of why we invaded Iraq still do exist. It doesn't shock me that they haven't been found either. When you take a country the size of Iraq, mixed with a very tight family that is the cabinet of that country (Saddam and his Sons), it wouldn't be an impossible task to grab a bunch of people that you don't like, truck them out into some remote spot and have them move those barrels of what ever dirty bomb material and bury them and the individuals that put those materials into place and then bulldoze and wipe evidence of it every existing. We've seen movies of such practices in the past...remember no loose ends...it's at the heart and soul of anyone trying to cover their tracks against prying eyes, and every crook in the book has done it, from small time gangster, to mobsters, to yes, dare I say it, leaders of nations. I mean, didn't Hitler do just that, except with millions of people before anyone really realized what was going on? Now that Saddam and his sons are dead, the real truth died with them.
How can I as an individual even contemplate such things? Well, I've experienced life in a dictatorship. Mugabe has been ruling Zimbabwe since 1980, and in that time he has committed atrocious crimes against humanity. He slaughtered 20 000 Matabele people in the south western parts of Zimbabwe, and bodies were thrown down wells and mine shafts which were then blasted to cover up the evidence. (Hey, wait a minute...isn't that called genocide? Or what about perhaps ethnic cleansing?) He has illegally invaded homes, and farms, and communities, blaming the west for his actions. He has schools taken over during election times and these schools are turned into youth militia camps, encouraging young boys and girls to kill their parents, or be subjected to gang rapes repeatedly every single night until they subject and take part in the activities themselves (Umm...wasn't this depicted in that movie Blood Diamond?). These youths are then taken into rural and urban communities to wreak havoc, terrorism, and who knows what else.
I do not condone violence of any kind, but really when you think about it, if these despots are going to kill their own people simply to remain in power, and if it's the will of the people that they should be ousted, then they should be removed by force if they refuse to run by the rules of International law.