I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but it seems that every time we get involved in some Middle Eastern Muslim country we wind up making more enemies than friends, more terrorists than allies. I say we encourage the Europeans to take the lead on Libya. Let them pull their weight in worldwide peacekeeping for a change. They need the oil more than we do. In the end, it’s all about oil, isn’t it? What, the people? Yeah, sure, the people.

Government slaughtering citizens has been going on in the Ivory Coast civil war for years and what have we done there? Nothing. Why? You guessed it. No oil, although I’m sure there are plenty of people who would go to war over chocolate. I guess I’m just tired of the pretense that the West is concerned about humanity in the Middle East, except of course in Israel. Let’s call it Israeli exceptionalism.

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