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U.S. and French warplanes attack Libyan targets, enforcing the U.N.-mandated no-fly zone. Timely analysis: Major Oil Companies' Exposure to Libya
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  • Dopamine
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    Wow, thats great the US are helping the French, help the North Africans of Lybia. The more stable North Africa the more stable Europe. With no Gaddafi, Lybia could be huge business for France, as long as the Lybians can take control of their country, everyone will win. Good job USA and FRance and the EU.
    19 Mar 2011, 05:07 PM Reply Like
  • wyostocks
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    Dope: How appropriate.
    19 Mar 2011, 09:14 PM Reply Like
  • cynic2011
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    Bad idea-no exit strategy. With Qadaffi gone a civil war is next. Somebody is going to be "peacekeeping" a la Iraq for a long time.
    19 Mar 2011, 05:14 PM Reply Like
  • bob adamson
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    Whatever one might think about the merits of the UN resolution and the policies of the US, UK, France and others that preceded that resolution, there is now no turning back. While the notion of European or US 'boots on the ground' is to be avoided for many reasons, all reasonable measures to quickly end the capacity of Qaddafi's regime to exercise offensive military force within Libya need to be pursued by coalition forces at sea and from the air (the Arab and European forces playing the larger role insofar as practical).
    19 Mar 2011, 06:01 PM Reply Like
  • cynic2011
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    Good point. France in particular has to see this ended and Qadaffi gone quickly. He is known to have used terrorist bombing tactics,and Paris isn't too far away from Tripoli.
    19 Mar 2011, 09:14 PM Reply Like
  • Zigg
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    Hrmm... glad the French had that whole Indochina thing sorted out before we had to get involved ... oh wait...
    19 Mar 2011, 10:06 PM Reply Like
  • davidbdc
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    I find it unreal that we are bombing Libya. Supposedly we are intervening in another country to "avoid" genocide or war crimes or whatever.

     

    BUT how many countries in this world regularly persecute some of their population? I mean Sudan has killed hundreds of thousands of defenseless civilians and the USA has done squat. Those people are really dead. How many people in Libya are dead? 100? 200? 1000? And aren't the rebels armed? And yet somehow we feel "morally" bound to risk US troops and spend US money.

     

    Its nonsense - everyone in the world knows that they need to claim "war crimes", "genocide", "slaughter", etc, etc, to try to get the media to sway public opinion. Let the Libyans fight among themselves - we don't need another few million people hating the USA and we certainly don't need more bodybags coming back to the USA while we "police" more of the Middle East.
    19 Mar 2011, 06:07 PM Reply Like
  • anarchist
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    Too true but it's all about OIL, but you knew that.
    19 Mar 2011, 06:36 PM Reply Like
  • davidbdc
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    Sudan has more oil than Libya.
    19 Mar 2011, 11:36 PM Reply Like
  • kcr357
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    weird how we are fighting 2+ "wars for oil" but not actually getting any oil....
    20 Mar 2011, 02:02 AM Reply Like
  • pockyclips 2020
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    Appropriate acronym for Operation Independence Libya.
    Or maybe Our Indebted Lives!
    20 Mar 2011, 07:38 AM Reply Like
  • Tommy_Finger
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    Yes, it's all about oil. We really need another source of energy, say, Nuclear. Oh, wait....
    20 Mar 2011, 08:50 AM Reply Like
  • The Geoffster
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    This has got to be a joke. The French are attacking? Does Libya have snails?
    19 Mar 2011, 06:14 PM Reply Like
  • Tack
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    And, we know they don't have pigs to look for truffles, either. :-)
    19 Mar 2011, 11:35 PM Reply Like
  • Bouchart
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    "Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Bombs Libya"
    19 Mar 2011, 06:28 PM Reply Like
  • wkl
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    Bouchart,
    Best comment I have ever read. You should be writing headlines.
    19 Mar 2011, 09:44 PM Reply Like
  • BlueOkie
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    Bravo!! Bet you don't see this comment in the Press.
    20 Mar 2011, 08:45 AM Reply Like
  • Conventional Wisdumb
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    Alfred Nobel was the inventor of dynamite.
    20 Mar 2011, 11:23 AM Reply Like
  • Duude
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    "Alfred Nobel was the inventor of dynamite."

     

    so, then its kosher. :)
    20 Mar 2011, 02:16 PM Reply Like
  • cbj
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    Let's move Qadaffi out and see if democracy will be possible.
    19 Mar 2011, 07:34 PM Reply Like
  • wyostocks
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    American bombs are killing innocents.
    Liberals, what say now about Bush?
    19 Mar 2011, 09:16 PM Reply Like
  • Trever99
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    Bush ... Obama.. they're not all that different.. that's clear.

     

    I do think it's curious though.. that the US is always the first country in to bomb another country. And all because Americans tend to not vote change during times of war.

     

    Truth.. as much as you can easily dislike Ghaddafi (sp?) it's not up to the Americans or the French.. it's up to the Libyans.

     

    Sad.
    19 Mar 2011, 09:58 PM Reply Like
  • The Geoffster
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    You can't misspell Gaddafi.
    chronicle.com/blogs/br...
    19 Mar 2011, 10:02 PM Reply Like
  • Thomas Smicklas
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    I find it interesting that, Saturday, the eight anniversary of the Iraq invasion to bring "freedom and democracy" to those folks, hundreds of demonstrators clamor about it.

     

    Curiously, an Obama-coalition (very similar to the Bush coalition), "invades" Libya to bring "freedom and democracy" to those folks on this very day.

     

    And the hypocrites marching around like zombies have little to say about it. Just bash Bush.....

     

    It just goes to show, once again, that liberalism is a queer affliction, indeed.
    20 Mar 2011, 12:03 AM Reply Like
  • drquien
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    So, Arab states were supposed to be involved with the "liberation of Libya". So far, it has only been the USA and France and oh yes UK too that have been actively involved.
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    Fast forward 2 months...
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    The same Arab countries that were urging the west to attack will use this event as yet another example of how the west is attacking Muslims again...we (the West) are being played.

     

    We are being set up so that in the near future, when other dictator regimes (Bahrain, Yemen, Saudi Arabia) begin to slaughter their own citizens, the west will be less likely to intervene
    20 Mar 2011, 12:05 AM Reply Like
  • truebrit
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    I find some of the comments on here simply, unreasoned.

     

    Qaddafi was bombed in 1986 for his support of terror. As he tells us that all his people love him after his own 40 year one party rule of terror, he's clearly insane.I was personally ashamed to be British when the Lockerbie bombers were released by the UK,to be given heroes welcome at home,

     

    This is a guy who doesn't listen and argue with his opponents,just kills them and takes the mickey by visting foreign states with a bedouin tent and female guards to flaunt his absolute power, while his family have pizza flown in by private jet from Italy and his people have no hope of a better future.

     

    Arabs deserve democracy like everyone else for the simple answer that there's no better way of getting rid of a bad leader peacefully than through the ballot box.

     

    Finally we're frequenty told who are the coming leaders of the world but history has bitten back. Yes the three western nuclear, permanent members of the security council and WW2 victors the US, UK and France have the balls to do the right thing while the 'also rans' ring their hands in ideological impotence, and that inclues many of the bloggers above.

     

    The Atlantic alliance remains the best hope for the spread of democracy and open free markets,which are good for everyone. It's a good day for us, and this puts so much pressure on Gaddaffi and his political opportunist friends that a coup d'etat can surely only be a few days away and then it will all be over and Libya will be free to choose a government that reflects it's peoples priorities and the Arab push for Democracy can continue.

     

    Should any other state try to stop the justifed demonstrations of their citizens against authoritarian and unrepresentative rule by military action, they have been rightly warned.
    20 Mar 2011, 05:36 AM Reply Like
  • Zigg
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    "Should any other state try to stop the justified demonstrations of their citizens against authoritarian and unrepresentative rule by military action, they have been rightly warned."

     

    Do you think the US would support an uprising on the borders of Saudi Arabia?
    20 Mar 2011, 09:49 AM Reply Like
  • wyostocks
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    Better yet, what about here?
    20 Mar 2011, 10:39 AM Reply Like
  • Trever99
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    Well... I think the US is flying drones over Mexico now. That's a start.
    20 Mar 2011, 10:55 AM Reply Like
  • davidbdc
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    Hmmm.......

     

    Seems to me that there are two sides in Libya. I don't see that one side is democratic and the other is undemocratic. I just see two sides that both want power.

     

    Libya is an independent nation. What goes on inside their borders politically isn't really our concern. Seems to me that the USA had a civil war 150 years ago? A fairly bloody one at that.

     

    In the Sudan we had/have a situation where Muslims were systemically slaughtering and raping and pillaging Christians. For more than a decade. Irregardless of whose numbers you believe, there are at least several hundred thousand dead. Woman and Children. Unarmed men. Entire Villages and towns.

     

    So lets stop pretending that somehow we "care" about civilians around the world. That somehow we are concerned about POTENTIAL crimes that have yet to be committed. We allowed for more than a decade the systemic elimination of Christians in the south of Sudan. And we did nothing.

     

    How is Robert Mugabe any different than Qadaffi? He has systemically killed opposition to his rule. He has ruined his entire country to keep himself in power. Thousands upon thousands have died due to violence and starvation. And we did nothing.

     

    "Justified demonstrations"...... you mean like Tea-Party type rallies? "Unrepresentative rule"...... you mean like what we have in Congress now where the rich and the powerful make the rules different for themselves?...... or perhaps you mean when we burden unborn children and grandchildren with 150K of debt so we can supply "entitlements"?

     

    Just where do the lines get drawn if they aren't at a country's borders? I heard no threat from Libya to invade Egypt. I heard nothing of plans to bomb Italy. So perhaps under these new rules other countries like China can decide that the American people need defending from our corrupt leaders (which we do) and the Chinese people deserve their money that they lent...... and declare a lockdown in Washington DC.... with Chinese army patrolling the streets and forcing Congress to balance the budget or face execution...... as long as some international "body" approves. After all it was an international agreement - we defaulted on our bonds -and the Chinese got the votes at the UN (we lost our seat when we went into hock..... sold it to China for 5 Trillion in 2025. Unfortunately by then we owe them 15 trillion).

     

    We shouldn't be doing any of this. There is no humanitarian crisis in Libya - just a civil war. And we have turned our backs on 10's of millions of truly defenseless people around the world. Lets not give the Muslim world another reason to hate us...... let them see Muslims killing Muslims for a change.
    20 Mar 2011, 12:42 PM Reply Like
  • Tack
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    david:

     

    Simply, brilliantly stated.
    20 Mar 2011, 12:55 PM Reply Like
  • wyostocks
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    david, very well stated...........
    20 Mar 2011, 01:05 PM Reply Like
  • pockyclips 2020
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    So why did you let the Lockerbie bomber go free?
    Oil more important than Brits and Americans killed.
    We (the West) sacrifice our young to this false god of oil.
    Not much different than the Aztecs, when you get down to it.
    21 Mar 2011, 07:32 AM Reply Like
  • BlueOkie
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    Ironic that when Reagan attacked Libya in the 80's, France wouldn't allow our planes to have French airspace. Now they are leading the charge.
    20 Mar 2011, 08:50 AM Reply Like
  • masterpc
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    Different situation now. France gets 25% of their oil/natural gas from Libya.
    20 Mar 2011, 03:31 PM Reply Like
  • alexbrooklyn
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    Today, Rebels, tomorrow Terrorists...or is it the other way around?
    20 Mar 2011, 09:17 AM Reply Like
  • wyostocks
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    "Should any other state try to stop the justified demonstrations of their citizens against authoritarian and unrepresentative rule by military action, they have been rightly warned."

     

    Just a thought here.

     

    If the UN voted to send , say Russian and Chinese troops, to back demonstrators up in an American city this would be OK with some readers here? I read 100 antiwar protestors were arrested in Washington yesterday, lets call in the UN. Or, what if the UN made it their business?

     

    This could be a very slippery slope we have started upon folks.
    20 Mar 2011, 11:31 AM Reply Like
  • wyostocks
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    I see today that the so called coallition is starting to fray.

     

    I read that the Arab League chief has condemned the "bombardment of civilians."
    20 Mar 2011, 11:39 AM Reply Like
  • ebworthen
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    I worry that this spate of democracy movements in the Middle East may degrade into oppressive Islamic regimes the way Iran did.
    20 Mar 2011, 12:21 PM Reply Like
  • BlueOkie
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    Arabs think differently! They are basically nomadic but we found oil for them. They live in a desert and don't have much use for human life except their own.
    21 Mar 2011, 08:37 AM Reply Like
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