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The war is and has always been an industry. Something that aggressor nations use to prosper and enrich themselves. Only once upon the time, people had the dignity to admit what they are fighting for. Then, the Church came up with the concept of the Holy War, the Crusades and the good publicity became essential for this business. Because only when there is "a cause that is just", soldiers are willing to die for their rulers. If there's no good cause, the soldiers come home very very angry and bad things happen.
Why is this long introduction. Well, I've been quite busy lately, so I don't have to post here regularly. But yesterday, a very interesting article caught my eye. Here's the title:
Western Companies See Prospects for Business in Libya 
"Western security, construction and infrastructure companies that see profit-making opportunities receding in Iraq and Afghanistan have turned their sights on Libya, now free of four decades of dictatorship. Entrepreneurs are abuzz about the business potential of a country with huge needs and the oil to pay for them, plus the competitive advantage of Libyan gratitude toward the United States and its NATO partners.
Like France and Britain, the United States may benefit from the Libyan authorities’ appreciation of NATO’s critical air support for the revolution. Whatever the rigor of new rules governing contracts, Western companies hope to have some advantage over, say, China, which was offering to sell arms to Colonel Qaddafi as recently as July."
How about that, huh? Quite disgusting if you ask me. To use people's gratitude for profit. But that's what the whole military industry is, no? Let's set free the country, so that we can buy it cheaply afterwards. Let's destroy anything we see, in the name of the security of the civilians, so that they can pay us afterward to reconstruct it.
It's not the idea of war as industry that provoked me to write. This is not something new, it's a monstrosity which goes on for centuries with the support of public ignorance and greed. What bothers me is that they don't even try to hide it anymore. Articles are published, so that more US companies may join the banquet and earn some money. The public is convinced that this is something good, something normal. It is not good! It's not good for the Libyan people, who will have to eventually pay for all this. The people who suffered the regime, then they suffered the war, now they will suffer the peace. This is what really piss me off.  The arrogance!
And that's not even all of it. Here's the other article I wanted to share:
In Strikes on Libya by NATO, an Unspoken Civilian Toll
NATO’s seven-month air campaign in Libya, hailed by the alliance and many Libyans for blunting a lethal crackdown by Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and helping to push him from power, came with an unrecognized toll: scores of civilian casualties the alliance has long refused to acknowledge or investigate.
By NATO’s telling during the war, and in statements the alliance-led operation was nearly flawless — a model air war that used high technology, meticulous planning and restraint to protect civilians from Colonel Qaddafi’s troops, which was the alliance’s mandate. 
But an on-the-ground examination by The New York Times of airstrike sites across Libya found credibljuste accounts of dozens of civilians killed by NATO in many distinct attacks. 
In all, at least 40 civilians, and perhaps more than 70, were killed by NATO at these sites, available evidence suggests.
NATO, however, deferred the responsibility of initiating any inquiry to Libya’s interim authorities, whose survival and climb to power were made possible largely by the airstrike campaign. So far, Libyan leaders have expressed no interest in examining NATO’s mistakes. 
So, let's repeat. NATO's operation was surgically clean. No collateral damage, no innocent victims, only cruel barbarian killed by the perfect fighters and their pilots? And if there are any victims at all, well, we don't care. Because ... well, because we can.
I think that the most important part of the war in Libya was not so much the end of the regime, but the new stage of media coverage of the issue. Because it wasn't only the operation which was planned to the last detail. The media coverage was also planned. There was not critical to the NATO forces stories, no survivors which had other version of what happened. No cruelty. Everything was clean and cut, just like in a movie. And that's unbelievably scary.
Because it's absurd to believe that there are no casualties. Of course there are. Civilian buildings were under heavy fire from the air. Even statistically, nobody can be that precise. There were also some scarce evidence of victims. Evidences which you could not obtain the normal way, you had to go there and count the bodies yourself. Because as much as NATO is concerned, none of this ever happened. Well, that's a lie. That's a lie in the face of the public, a lie in the face of the voters and of the taxpayers who paid for EVERY SINGLE BOMB! We paid for everything that happened there. And we cannot even get credible account for what we paid for.
And this is not the single occasion in which the public was deceived. How about the murder of Ossama Bin Laden. Which was streamed via video link directly to the US president. Who not only approved the murder, but also witnessed it. And then, we had pictures, videos, and more lies. And in the end, it turned out that the orders were shoot-to-kill and not to arrest him. It was an execution. An execution that the whole world sanctioned and greeted. An execution that US people celebrated on the streets! How is this for civilization?
I don't know about you, but I find this tendency very troublesome. Because war is becoming more and more polished. Metrosexual in a way. Everything is clean and hairless. No blood, no bodies, no death. Almost like in a movie - everything is just an illusion. But it is not. Pain is real. The losses and the destruction in Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan - they are real. This is not simply something happening on the TV/computer screen, it is something that changes, destroys people's life somewhere. And it's our duty as citizens, as children of the so-beloved democracy, to stop it.
Now a new war is being prepared and staged. See Drone Crash in Iran Reveals Secret U.S. Surveillance Effort. Beware! Be ready. Because if the worst happens, the blood will be on our hands. That is what democracy is about. People rule and people are in charge. And we all share our guilt. To all the people our soldiers "set free". So if you don't want that guilt, ask for your right to choose. Defend the democracy, which our ancestors fought for. 
Have a good night!

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