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Open forum: It’s about controlling the money

Libya is a good example of just how tricky all the international stuff can be.

Rebels want to “take their country back,” sounding like Tim Pawlenty recently. The rebels are leaderless (maybe Pawlenty could help them).

Mr. Gadhafi apparently threatened slaughtering Libyans who opposed him.  Do we stand by, or try stopping it?  We’ve no right to “get” Gadhafi — it’s not our country. It would further damage the U.S. world image, especially the Middle East, where all that oil is just waiting for people like the Koch brothers, or Dick Cheney.

The U.S. would look almost as bad doing nothing.  Like Pontius Pilate, we’ll initiate a no-fly zone, then wash our hands of it quickly.

But now Gadhafi could simply wait us out, not attacking the rebels, knowing as soon as we pulled out, he could go right after them again. We don’t dare withdraw.

Of course, we have sanctions, which we used before attacking and invading Iraq. Sanctions resulted in deaths of an estimated 500,000 Iraqi children. Mr. Hussein remained in power, plenty to eat, warm, comfortable.

The common people suffer under sanctions: road workers, union members, clerks, teachers, carpenters, laborers, children, elderly.

Dr. Phil should solve this problem, not politicians.

Our real leaders, the ones seldom heard, foment the rest of us to push for democracy everywhere, getting us really excited about Middle East uprisings.  These leaders, that 20 percent who own 84 percent of everything (New York Times 3-21-11), learned that democracy is the easiest way to control people — far better than the dictatorship George W. Bush always wished he had.

Because if you control the money, you can dictate how democracies will function. 

The trick is getting everyone, even the so-called religious leaders, to value money over all else.

A. Martin