Operation Odyssey Dawn – Libya

All we can do at this point is pray while the facts come to light.

I had truly hoped it would not come to this.

“The battle to save the Libyan revolution, authorised by the UN security council resolution on Thursday night, has begun. State of the art 21st-century weaponry is being pitted against tanks, guns and missiles from the cold war era. Knocking out Gaddafi’s command structure and jamming his military communication networks is likely to happen quickly. Libya’s air defence system is considered antiquated, comparable to the Soviet systems that international forces faced during the Gulf war of 1991, and the Balkans conflict.”

My heart is broken.  So this, the beginning of Iraq.  They will welcome us with open arms.  Vietnam.  President Johnson planning on a limited war.  Retaliation in this case might be a very different matter.  Gadhafi has helped the downtrodden all over the world in Western Africa and the U.S. through the Nation of Islam.

Foreign Policy notes:

“[F]ew remember the vast campaign of carnage and terrorism he orchestrated across West Africa and Europe when he was at the height of his powers.

Nor are his more recent alliance with Hugo Chávez of Venezuela and his long-standing relationship with Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua — both of whom are busy trampling their constitutions and moving toward dictatorship — well understood. And the fact that all three governments support the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a terrorist group that produces more than half of the world’s cocaine and two-thirds of the cocaine entering the United States, is usually ignored.”

Like Saddam Hussein, Gadhafi trained at the infamous School of the Americas.

The outcome of this can only be described as uncertain, using the most generous analysis.

I have a very bad feeling about this one.  I desperately hope that I am wrong.

USS Barry launches a Tomahawk missile in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn

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About liftingasweclimb

Mildred Lewis writes and directs for theater, television, film and the web. She's also a full time professor, Christian, activist and troublemaker with a passion to save as much of the world as she can.
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2 Responses to Operation Odyssey Dawn – Libya

  1. Isn’t the name “Odyssey Dawn” messing with mythology a bit? After all, the original Odyssey took 10 years to complete: http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2010/11/03/messing-with-mythology/

    • liftingasweclimb says:

      Well … If they mean the dawn of a decades-long, far reaching journey that leaves chaos and havoc in its wake, then it’s a prediction that would turn us all into Penelope and Telemachus. The scary thing is if they mean it literally.

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