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A Tomahawk cruise missile costs $1.4m, and when you fire 186 cruise missiles to a mediocre Libya defense structure, the aftermath is a waste of $260.4m on Tomahawk cruise missiles, and significant requirements for reconstruction in post-war Libya. The USA will have to replace the fired Tomahawk missiles. While replacement will create jobs resulting in gain in the economy in general, the structures destroyed in Libya will set Libya back several years and Libya reconstruction will require a lot of contractors from the countries that cause the destruction in the first place, no matter who gains the upper hand at the end of this crisis. You can see Mr. Abati, the AU is right, Peace is cheaper than this unnecessary conflict!

 

Mr. Abati, sure you know about the Western ringer when they want a solution passed at the UN. That you are told that action will be limited to No-Fly zone and you voted for it, does not mean you cannot complain later when you think the understanding of what you voted for has changed. The Arab league was the first to feel deceived and was later 'muzzled' to go along.
 

The fact Mr. Abati is that people on both sides are now dying of this unnecessary war. When you are making peace it should never result in your action leading to more bloodshed. It is better to state at the unset that your desire is to remove Gadhafi than representing to your defenseless, unequal colleagues at the UN that your mission is to save life.

We must at this point wonder which life is being saved? There is no hypocrisy about people appalled by this unnecessary bloodshed. It seems politics at the international level these days is all about hypocrisy. However, there are times when hypocrisy is taken to the outer limit. There is nothing Gadhafi is being currently accused of, right now in the West, that is not the prevailing culture in the Middle East (North Africa included).

The revolution in Tunisia and Egypt were so unusual and quick that the West thought the unfriendly government will now become easy to remove. The process has however started unstoppably that the hypocrisy pointed out by the AU will become even more recognizable in days to come. The fact is that the friendly government will now find the revolt unstoppable that the West will have to take more hypocritical stands. So Mr. Abati, stay tuned!

We will have to watch the West to see what their reaction would be, when they watch the possibility of Al Qaeda taking over in Yemen, or the America fleet is chased out of Bahrain by the dominant 70% Shi’ite with allegiance to Iran. In Libya, the unhappiness is about the downing of Pan Am 101 at Lockerbie and other infractions by Ghadafi against USA in particular. Tomorrow will be friendly countries like Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia all with phony democracies incompatible with the Western values. The former Gadhafi interior Minister was with him for all of the 42years until he saw the wind of change! Then he underwent an epiphany, a sort of Damascus experience. We will not be waiting long when this current Western company show his other side, because you must have some substantially compatible outlook in life with Ghadafi to hang out with him that long.

Mr. Abati, are you really saying there is no hypocrisy in the way the West handles the Ivory Coast issue, or you are just trying to show how more intelligent you are compared with the African leaders you so much maligned? Is Mr. Alassane Ouattara not championing Western values? Is Mr. Laurent Gbagbo not violating it? What power, Mr. Abati does the defenseless AU has in stopping this hypocrisy? Did they not go along at the UN so that they will not incur the wrath of those who pay the piper?

It is unfortunate that Mr. Abati continues to abuse African leaders as unintelligent, as if his 'intelligent essay' which is all over the places will solve all the complex problems Libya. We can assure you Mr. Abati that none of those leaders you seem to be more intelligent than, really, if you search there minds, would want Gadhafi to keep running Libya. You must know that these 'unintelligent' African leaders are also pursuing African interest of not shedding African blood when you claim to proffer a settlement that will end all Libyan's problems. Whenever your mediation results in spilling the blood of those you are supposed to help, it is no longer mediation! The general African value is that you seek peace first (This is an African innate interest Mr. Abati), then and only then you may use other methods when peaceful method does not work. They definitely employ this method in Ivory Coast!

Do you really think Obama thought that intervention by blowing out Libyan's resources is the first best method of solving this problem Mr. Abati? Our answer is No, he was forced into this because of some hawkish domestic interest. The Secretary of Defense opposed this 'intelligent' solution method, Hillary Clinton was persuaded by President Nicolas Sarkozy, (who by the way has personal interest in punishing Gadhafi), and Barrack Obama was a later day convert through Hillary's pressure by Sarkozy. What you treat with your casual self-awareness has set Putin and Medvedev against each other, the Congress against Obama and so on. During war time, the President of the United States speaks at the Oval Office to explain the meaning and the end game of a conflict, however, in this case, he does not see it as a war, so, he is talking to the nation at the National Defense University in fort McNair, Virginia. Obama, after a massive national debt, was not interested in a war which will make the nation accumulate more deficit that will send them to China on more borrowing spree. He knows more debt is what the Republicans are waiting for to use against him in his 2012 re-election.

A Tomahawk cruise missile costs $1.4m, and when you fire 186 cruise missiles to a mediocre Libya defense structure, the aftermath is a waste of $260.4m on Tomahawk cruise missiles, and significant requirements for reconstruction in post-war Libya. The USA will have to replace the fired Tomahawk missiles. While replacement will create jobs resulting in gain in the economy in general, the structures destroyed in Libya will set Libya back several years and Libya reconstruction will require a lot of contractors from the countries that cause the destruction in the first place, no matter who gains the upper hand at the end of this crisis. You can see Mr. Abati, the AU is right, Peace is cheaper than this unnecessary conflict!

Mr. Abati, if you have quarrel with the African leaders, you are fighting it in the wrong arena. We realize you are all over the places using the cliché similar to  'on the one hand and on the other hand' until we started wondering how many hands this unfortunate war has. We know you are more 'intelligent' than these African leaders, but what about African respect for the elders as the case may be? Does a Pastor who says do as I say, but not as I do not being honest? Is that not the pinnacle of intelligence? Yoweri Museveni by the way is still the President of Uganda according to the Uganda's constitution. You may say all African elections are rigged, but they all stay in power by the virtue of their constitutions. We know you are more intelligent than most, but is it not true that there is no term limit clause in the constitution of most of those who stay forever as president in Africa? And where there is, don't they change the rule by constitutional means? By the way, it is not illegal to amend a constitution! Is it not true that a British Prime Minister can stay in power for as long as he/she is acceptable to the leadership of the party, and the people are willing to vote for the Prime Minister? In the United States, President Franklin Roosevelt died on his 4th term in office, he could have continued to win if death did not terminate his term! Are you aware that some Senators and some members of the House of Representative in the US serve until death do them part?

Having said all these Mr. Abati, you yourself have made the point that the West acts not with consistency, the problem is, you have diluted and polluted the point being made by all, including Russia, China, India and the rest of the five countries which abstained and the one which voted NO on resolution 1973 by leaning so much on your understandings. The point is Qattara was elected in accordance with the Western values, Gadhafi was not and has been that way for 42 years, so, Gadhafi is guilty of violating the much desired Western value, Qattara upholds it. The bad apple Gadhafi, has been that way for 42 years, and has probably contributed to Hosni Mubarak staying for 30 years! If the West is interested in their own values, it seems to us they should defend them. Is that too difficult Mr. Abati to see why the defenseless African leaders are confused and feel deceived?

Has Gadhafi done anything different than the King of Bahrain and King of Saudi Arabia, both of who use bribes to calm the nerves of the restless youth in their countries? Is Al Qaeda not a product of one family controlling the resources of a whole country? The fact is Osama Bin Laden had a lot of money and was not influenced by the unholy food meant for Lazarus. It is known that 40% of the suicide squad in Iraq were from Benghazi or eastern Libya, it seems in this case, the West has decided to work against their own interest! We are waiting to see how they can separate the wheat from the chaff.

The West in our opinion is entering a phase where they will not be able to sustain selectivity in their diplomacy, because the internet will no longer let them. Defeating Gadhafi has its own unintended consequences and these consequences will eventually expose the hypocrisy of all those you have mentioned in your essay, including the African leaders. However, you need to write two essays that separate the cliché we mentioned above. There is nothing wrong in respecting those you call unintelligent, they have the right to use the Libyan occasion to press the West to respect their own values in the Ivory Coast. All they are saying is that the West should uphold their own values to solve a nauseating Gbagbo problem in Ivory Coast. The current African self interest is to get Gbagbo out. We have to treat all the problems you lumped together one at a time!

If you feign all these knowledge Mr. Abati, you yourself can be accused of hypocrisy, pointing to a 'mental giant' who has no end game!

 

 

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