(Robert Parry) A British parliamentary inquiry into the Libyan fiasco has reported what should have been apparent from the start in 2011 – and was to some of us – that the West’s military intervention to “protect” civilians in Benghazi was a cover for what became another disastrous “regime change” operation.
The report from the U.K.’s Foreign Affairs Committee confirms that the U.S. and other Western governments exaggerated the human rights threat posed by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and then quickly morphed the “humanitarian” mission into a military invasion that overthrew and killed Gaddafi, leaving behind political and social chaos.
The report’s significance is that it shows how little was learned from the Iraq War fiasco in which George W. Bush’s administration hyped and falsified intelligence to justify invading Iraq and killing its leader, Saddam Hussein. In both cases, U.K. leaders tagged along and the West’s mainstream news media mostly served as unprofessional propaganda conduits, not as diligent watchdogs for the public.
Today, we are seeing an even more dangerous repetition of this pattern: demonizing Russian President Vladimir Putin, destabilizing the Russian economy and pressing for “regime change” in Moscow. Amid the latest propaganda orgy against Putin, virtually no one in the mainstream is exercising any restraint or finding any cautionary lessons from the Iraqi and Libyan examples.
(Annabel Venning) She had arrived in America only a few months earlier. After a stormy 16-week voyage across the Atlantic, Jane, a 14-year-old girl from southern England, would have been relieved to reach land when she scrambled ashore at Jamestown, the first permanent English colony in America, in August 1609.
But any sense of salvation was to be short-lived. For, soon afterwards, the colony began to starve.
Food was already scarce when seven ships — including the one Jane travelled on — arrived with another 300 settlers to add to the 100 or so trying to eke out an existence in the swampy outpost.
Anke M.: Jeez, it’s not news. All the Royal Families in Europe are related. My Royal Family too. It all stems from the fact that Germany had so many Princedoms, so when scouring about for an appropriate spouse, that’s where everyone went. It’s NOT a scandal! It’s a mere fact.
Genaire: I like the fact that he’s pointed out how it’s outlived its usefulness.
Anke M.: I love my Royal Family!
Genaire: You can have them and take the office of the presidency to. Lol
Anke M.: Silly! I was at the King’s Coronation in 2013. It was great! Gorgeous young family. And of course I adore his mother, Princess Juliana as well. Had the honor of traveling with her several times in the Seventies. A sweetheart!
“Spot the Difference: One is a moth-ridden old muppet and the other lives on Sesame Street” (Artwork originally located here)