American Elephants

Are Principles Only an Ongoing Process? by The Elephant's Child

President Barack Obama spoke out strongly again today on the situation in the Middle East.  He said that he has a very firm conviction that “the violence that’s been taking place and perpetrated by the government in Libya is unacceptable.”  This came in a joint press appearance with Prime Minister Julia Gillard of Australia. They will monitor the violence.  NATO is consulting in Brussels around a range of potential options. They stand with the Libyan people in the continuing suppression of democratic ideals that we’ve seen there.

Last week, two American soldiers were shot in Frankfurt  for the crime of getting on a bus by a Muslim Kosovar shouting “Allahu Akbar”.  President Obama called it a “tragic event”, and in response to Somali Pirates killing American Christians, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the pirate incident left her “deeply saddened and very upset.”

P.J.Crowley, State Department spokesman, avoided any mention of Islam in connection to the killing in Frankfurt. Asked whether the jihadist attack by a Muslim Kosovar holding German citizenship was a terrorist incident, Crowley replied:

Was the shooting of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords a terrorist attack? You have to look at the evidence and look at the motivation, and then you make a judgment, and that is a process as far as I know that is ongoing.

Well, we have a process that is ongoing in Iran, and a process that is ongoing in Egypt, and a process that is ongoing in Somalia, and a process that is ongoing in Libya, and a few other processes ongoing around the Middle East, but it usually takes us a couple of weeks to figure out whether or not it is “unacceptable.” We seem to have neither positions nor principles,  we’re not quite sure if we stand for anything, and when a situation arises, we don’t know what to say, but we don’t want to be hasty, and what if the wrong side wins?


Britain Takes the Lead in Protecting Libyan Citizens. by The Elephant's Child

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that Britain will help to enforce a no-fly zone in Libya, designed to prevent Moammar Gaddafi from using jet fighters against his own people.  The Prime Minister is the first Western leader to publicly commit to the no-fly zone, in a statement to Parliament which marks a significant escalation in the crisis after sanctions and an arms embargo were imposed by the UN Security Council.

The Times headline says Britain and its NATO allies are making plans to send warplanes to Libya and arm rebels as Western democracies harden determination to force out Gaddafi and prevent a humanitarian disaster — already under way.

President Obama says the violence in Libya is “outrageous” and “unacceptable.” He has signed an Executive Order regarding Sanctions, and protecting assets that belong to the people of Libya.

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