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Thursday, February 24, 2011

There is no more silence

Lybia continues to suffer unspeakable violence, descending into a state of sheer terror.  The United Nations has decided to meet on Friday, February 25th, 2011 in a special session of the Human Rights Council to consider suspending Libya from the Human Rights Council.  The United Nations Security Council has condemned the actions of Lybia.  Some members of the UN are asking for an investigation to uncover violations of human rights.  Some are calling for "crimes against humanity" language to be used.  History will record the outcome of these discussions.

The League of Arab states has suspended Lybia, the African Union has condemned Lybia in the strongest possible terms.  They are sending a mission to evaluate the situation and they intend to remain seized of the matter.  Every major international organisation with some jurisdiction has expressed outrage at the actions of Muammar Gaddafi and his mercenary forces. 

Military, diplomatic, and government staff have renounced the government of Lybia.  Most of the foreign nationals trapped in the country have now been extricated.  These factors combined with the sense of urgency to act due to the obvious economic pressure of oil security have created suitable ingredients for political action and, possibly, military intervention.

Hopefully, this situation will be resolved in a timely manner, so as to minimize the death and suffering.  The scope of the tragedy is profound and darkness envelops a people struggling to be free.  Revolution has always been bloody, but so is freedom.  And Thomas Jefferson would remind us that all tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.  There is no more silence.

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