Salim Mansur and Michael Coren... both nail the Libya conflict for what it is, and both are right in every sense of the word.
Salim Mansur: The Libyan mission Operation Odyssey Dawn, under UN authority, is a dog’s breakfast and nothing good is going to come out of it.
The conniving elite of the Arab League has snookered an ever-ready coalition of western powers to do its bidding. And the western powers (Britain, France, the U.S. and Canada dutifully in tow), with their sights protectively fixed on oil-rich desert patches of the Middle East and North Africa, needed little urging to respond.
This operation, as repeatedly broadcast by coalition leaders, is to save Libyan lives.
Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague, for instance, announced in Parliament:
“Our message to the Gadhafi regime is that the international community will not stand by and watch them kill civilians, a view this House overwhelmingly endorsed this week. To his forces we say that if they continue to take part in Gadhafi’s war against his own people, they will continue to face the military force of the coalition, and if they commit crimes against Libyan people they will be held to account.”..............
Michael Coren: When my grandfather went off to war in Libya, he was there for a good reason. He hadn’t volunteered but had been conscripted, yet he never had any doubts as to the righteousness of his task.
Guys under the age of 25 had been taken by the army more than a year earlier. Dave was 30 and had three children. But Britain needed the soldiers. First Egypt and later Sicily and Italy, but it was in Libya that he did most of his shooting.
He didn’t want to die and he didn’t want to kill, but he was prepared to do both to drown the monster of Nazism. There are some things, he later told his grandson, worth giving your all for. Some things worth the ultimate sacrifice. Can we really say this about the internal squabbles of a rancid and deranged dictator and his people?
Frankly, I would weep to see one Canadian die for the sake of modern Libya. There, it has been said. Libya is not worth one Canadian life............