Marjorie Cohn: Stop bombing Libya

March 23, 2011
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Marjorie Cohn, who gave ALBA’s annual Susman lecture last month, calls for the US to stop bombing Libya:

There is no doubt that Muammar Qaddafi has been brutally repressing Libyans in order to maintain his power. But the purpose of the United Nations is to maintain international peace and security. The burgeoning conflict in Libya is a civil war, which arguably does not constitute a threat to international peace and security. There is no doubt that Muammar Qaddafi has been brutally repressing Libyans in order to maintain his power. But the purpose of the United Nations is to maintain international peace and security. The burgeoning conflict in Libya is a civil war, which arguably does not constitute a threat to international peace and security.

Read the full article at Common Dreams.

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One Response to “ Marjorie Cohn: Stop bombing Libya ”

  1. John Theissen on March 23, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    One of the purposes of the United Nations specifically IS to protect civilians from dictator’s murder and torture. People have a right to not be tortured, and massacred. All of which Gadaffi has done.

    Also, looking at the issue as written above, the Second World War would not constitute a threat to international peace and security, as WWII did not affect the entire world.

    Furthermore, the phrase “maintain peace and security” is often used by dictators or right-wingers as an excuse to support the most horrible dictators. One shouldn’t be obsessed with security as that can be a support for the status quo of dictatorship.

    Finally, the title of “Bombing Libya” is worse than meaningless, it is misleading and distorting. One cannot compare, for example, the carpet bombing of Guernica, with the recent French air attacks on Gadaffi’s tanks.

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