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Former U.S. Congressman Walter Fauntroy, who recently returned from a self-sanctioned peace mission to Libya, said he went into hiding for about a month in Libya after witnessing horrifying events in Libya's bloody civil war...
Former U.S. Congressman Walter Fauntroy, who recently returned from a self-sanctioned peace mission to Libya, said he went into hiding for about a month in Libya after witnessing horrifying events in Libya's bloody civil war -- a war that Fauntroy claims is backed by European forces.

Fauntroy's sudden disappearance prompted rumors and news reports that he had been killed.

In an interview inside his Northwest D.C. home last week, the noted civil rights leader, told the Afro that he watched French and Danish troops storm small villages late at night beheading, maiming and killing rebels and loyalists to show them who was in control.

"'What the hell' I'm thinking to myself. I'm getting out of here. So I went in hiding," Fauntroy said.

The rebels told Fauntroy they had been told by the European forces to stay inside. According to Fauntroy, the European forces would tell the rebels, "'Look at what you did.' In other words, the French and Danish were ordering the bombings and killings, and giving credit to the rebels.

"The truth about all this will come out later," Fauntroy said.

Read the balance of the report at  http://www.afro.com/sections/news/national/story.htm?storyid=72369

I was intending to only leave the article and placed 'Repost' in the author's box of the form. As I typed the fact that too many in the US and Europe leave themselves open to criticism of their confusion and hypocracy with their support of the NATO actions left all too much unspoken and seemingly close to slipping again off the edge of memory, following good sense to the floor. Originally using the article's own title, I couldn't stop myself, so I changed the title of this piece to reflect the growing mischief in myself, attached my pseudonym, and chose just one shining representative who I feel justifies the ire that should bury these people beneath their mischief and shit they spout. (Or maybe we could get some of the real good shit they're cooking in Fukushima and use that, huh?)

Isn't it wonderful to have your cake and eat it, too, Amy? (Do we need last names here?) And just who did teach you critical thinking? How about consistent political philosophy? You might read the Russian papers a bit more. They know quite a bit more about repression and saw Libya for what it is, despite the appearance that much of their public offerings over the situation were statements that attempted to say 'we Russians don't do this (now)' or that 'we don't do this on this scale' and we're the 'good guys'. One may be correct that they're not the good guys, but even idiots and fools have power of observation that may elude the compromised.

You should know better, for one reason or another, but you don't. Maybe you thought that you were rendering a service to the people, or possibly that one of the rendition and torture stops around the world has been eliminated with the destruction and killing of civilians. Or maybe you take what's said by Sarkozy, or Cameron, or the compromised reports and UN votes in presumptuous 'resolutions' and follow along like the good Dutch, Germans, Swedes, and Norwegians into the oblivion of a 'good' war and the nightmare of more dead bodies than Ghadaffi piled up through a lifetime. Apparently, the fact that Europe is in financial trouble and Libya was the one ripe plum just a stone's throw (or short hop for the warplanes)across the placid Mediterranean is lost upon you. Just so happens that a major European economy (the Italian) and others owed quite a bit to Libya. The EU would not stand another country in crisis. So who now controls the financial reserves of the country? Do you think it's some ragtag rebel with our humanely supplied arms? You certainly missed the preemptive intent of this, while also disowning any opposition you may have had to the precedents, such as Afghanistan and Iraq.

Maybe I'm being too harsh...None of us, including myself, are totally, relentlessly consistent philosophically without some question of their sanity. Sanity may just be the bigger question in itself, but the gods have been spoiled, the intellectuals and peaceful bought-off, and the balance turned into ranting nihilists of whatever political or religious color, so one has to ask what the reference is for judgement. I had to laugh at the set of articles posted here lately with the title "The World is Out of Joint", then wondered just how deep is the hole in which the author resides, and ask where have they been for the last 10 years. There is a difference, though, if the thoughts reach a bit farther, and where I can sympathize with the author in the hole (and maybe envy that hole's depth), I cannot accept and can't stop myself from commenting upon the outright stupidity exhibited by the spectrum of support for the Libyan action.

Personally, I ask myself why I bother. I can forgive you, Amy, for being human. It's the reason that I use for why I bother to comment (satisfies something I can't quite give up: all the life, human and otherwise, that I see around me). And I can even forgive you for being stupid, as no one is intelligent about everything, again including myself in this crowd. But your righteousness is no better than NATO's in the end, of that I'm deadly sure. For my two cents (ain't worth the metal by a long shot) you can keep it.

I'll leave with one last question, OK? Do you think that Indira Ghandi saw the irony in the fact she carried the name Ghandi and was so closely associated and responsible for India's nuclear weapons? It surely didn't seem to affect her decisions concerning them, or if they did, she publicly justified the develpment and deployment. You, Amy, have become the war we've attempted to dress up to play peace on the stage in Libya. One day you may come to the realization that war is of itself, so proud it will not take the face or name of another, and will grin at you from a reflection in the mirror. I sincerely hope that it's well before you're ready to leave this place. You may be of some service yet, in that case.