Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Prime Minister David Cameron wins massive support for UK attack on Libya in House of Commons vote, 557 – 13, land invasion is needed

Dear All

Right from the start of the Libyan crisis and before it became popular with David Cameron; I was blogging on how the United Nations needed to send in Peacekeepers in order to protect the civilian population from Gaddafi.

You can read my time line and content.


We now have the United Nations Resolution, the no fly zone and to their credit China and Russia didn’t use their veto in the Security Council.

We have seen the effect of the no fly zone with allied planes launching strikes which have stop Gaddafi seeking revenge on protestors.

In Iraq and Afghanistan, the West made serious mistakes; we went to war for all the wrong reasons.

And we are still currently living with the shame of being on the wrong side of history.

Libya is different; we are on the right side of history because our help is to protect the people.

Gaddafi must be removed from power, we cannot allow and we should not have allowed commercial interest and vested interests to get in the way of what is needed to be done.

We are talking land invasion.

The lessons of Iraq and Afghanistan cannot be repeated, to that end China and Russia should be part of the post Libyan future if that is the will of the Libyan people.

In Britain, David Cameron won the overwhelming support of the House of Commons for his decision to commit British forces to the international military effort.

Cameron said:

“This is not going to be another Iraq.”

Time will tell on that issue.

He added “good progress” had been made in wiping out Gaddafi’s air defences and action by US, UK and French planes and naval vessels had helped avert a “bloody massacre” in the rebel stronghold Benghazi.

Which Gaddafi pledged his forces would ‘cleanse’.

Former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell said:

“This action is necessary, legal and legitimate”.

Although there is talk by some of this being a ‘good war’ it isn’t, the people who have already died prove that.

Gaddafi and his family should be given a stark choice with options.

Resign and take your family and associates with you into exile.

Or resist and face the prospect of being killed.

Or resist and face the prospect of trial by the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Resignation guarantees life.

One of the worst instances of the Iraq debacle was the execution of Saddam; he was murdered by the puppet American controlled regime instead of being tried by the ICC.

That was one of the most damning things which destroyed America’s reputation, a mistake so huge you could scarcely believe someone was so stupid to sanction it.

If captured Gaddafi cannot be tried in a Libyan Court but by the ICC.

Cameron, Sarkozy and Obama must be signed up to this part of the mission.

Never again should the rule of law be discarded in favour of lynch mob justice.

MPs voted by 557 to 13, a majority 544 in favour of the use of the armed forces to implement the UN Security Council resolution passed last week which authorised “all necessary measures” to protect civilians and enforce a no-fly zone.

The public need to know that we are doing the right thing and that the people who will risk their lives are going so in a just cause.

It isn’t about oil as touted by some because the West already climbed into bed with Gaddafi; it’s about the Libyan people and their democratic right to freedom in their own country.

That is why I support what is happening and what will logically follow, land invasion.

This is a UN led mission on humanitarian grounds.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

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