Harry’s Place dissects the arguments of the UK Stop the War Coalition (which basically is a front for UK-SWP) on why to oppose intervention in Libya. But they make it too complicated. Groups like SWP believe anything US /UK does is always Bad therefore any opponent of them must always and without question be a Fighter Against Imperialism and thus to be supported.
A ranking member of PSL here in the States once told me that Mugabe of Zimbabwe must be supported because he stands against imperialism. I am not making this up. To call this Manichean would be an understatement (as well as deranged.) Such groups invariably try to make the facts fit their predetermined ideology and agenda and thus cannot respond to current world events in any meaningful way. They’re living in a Marxist fantasy land that has little relation to reality. This is a primary reason the Marxist left has become so irrelevant and ineffectual. The world has left them behind.
However, the attacks from Harry’s Place against SWP are also Manichean, as in SWP is never capable of a rational thought. Bahrain is not an absurd comparison and indeed, inquiring minds want to know why the US is bombing Libya yet actively supporting the thuggish government in Bahrain. Yes, it almost certainly is at least partly about the oil in Libya and the 5th Naval base in Bahrain.
Marc Cooper says This is not Iraq in a reasoned and nuanced post on why he supports the bombing.
This action comes at a time when not only Libyans, but also tens of other millions of Arabs have invested their hopes in regional renaissance. I am proud, I am happy that the U.S. — for once and for whatever calculation– finds itself on the side of those fighting against oppression. In some sense, then, I see this action by the Obama administration to be somewhat redemptive. After decades of supporting one Arab dictatorship after another and, precisely, after watching the Iraqi debacle of the last decade, I feel we sort of OWE the Arab world the surprise of showing up, albeit erratically, on the right side of things.
Me, I can’t help recall the South Park Underpants Gnomes whose business plan was 1) Collect underpants, 2) ????, 3) Make profits. Then one of the South Park kids asked, what’s 2) and they had no answer.
Wars can’t be won from the air, even though the US keeps wrongly assuming they can. And there’s no exit strategy. Obama’s statement that it will be over is days is, well, laughable.