How was Libya doing under the rule of Gadaffi? How bad did the people have it? Were they oppressed as we now commonly accept as fact? Let us look at the facts for a moment.
Before the chaos erupted, Libya had a lower incarceration rate than the Czech republic. It ranked 61st. Libya had the lowest infant mortality rate of all of Africa. Libya had the highest life expectancy of all of Africa. Less than 5% of the population was undernourished. In response to the rising food prices around the world, the government of Libya abolished ALL taxes on food.
The Middle East is on fire, and now it seems the spotlight is on Libya, the land of Omar Mukhtar.
Protests began in Libya on February 15th with just 500 demonstrators in front of a police headquarters. The protest was quashed by police, injuring an estimated 40 participants.
Demonstrations escalated. February 17th was declared a “Day of Rage” in which protesters gathered in town centers across Libya calling for Muammar al-Gaddafi to step down. After he came to power in 1969 the flag of Libya was changed, but protesters have used the old flag as the symbol of the opposition.
A 39-second video shared by "semperfiLoneVoice" (whose YouTube account as since been closed) appears to show four US Marines urinating on the bodies of Iraqi or Afghani nationals, contrary to the terms of the third Geneva Convention (Section III). If this proves to be authentic, I'm going to use "Semper Fi" as a new colloquialism for a golden shower.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said this week that her department is considering beefing up security on trains, ships and mass transit amid a public backlash over the body scanners and "enhanced" pat-downs at airports across the country.
As many of you may know, Muslim crazies have stormed embassies in Egypt and Libya. Killing a U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens in Libya. Some in the U.S. want to charge a maker of a video critical of radical Islam with the murder of Stevens http://hotair.com/archives/2012/09/12/msnbc-host-hey-lets-prosecute-jone... and the other is a dodgy Brit that wants to ban free speech and submit.
Famous security expert Bruce Schneier responds to the TSA's recently-implemented security theater measures. Bruce knows real security comes from openness and freedom - not privacy invasion and cameras. From the article:
"A terrorist attack cannot possibly destroy a country's way of life; it's only our reaction to that attack that can do that kind of damage. The more we undermine our own laws, the more we convert our buildings into fortresses, the more we reduce the freedoms and liberties at the foundation of our societies, the more we're doing the terrorists' job for them."
Desperate to avoid US military involvement in Libya in the event of a prolonged struggle between the Gaddafi regime and its opponents, the Americans have asked Saudi Arabia if it can supply weapons to the rebels in Benghazi. The Saudi Kingdom, already facing a "day of rage" from its 10 per cent Shia Muslim community on Friday, with a ban on all demonstrations, has so far failed to respond to Washington's highly classified request, although King Abdullah personally loathes the Libyan leader, who tried to assassinate him just over a year ago.