One pickup is operated by Taliban terrorists and the other one is Libyan rebels. Give up? So do I. It really doesn't make a difference. We saw the same vehicles dragging the bodies of dead American soldiers through the streets of Mogadishu in 1993. Ten years later we saw them ramming around Tikkrit, again trying to kill our GI's.
It doesn't matter to them for if they're not killing fellow Muslims they'd just as soon be killing infidels, especially the Great Satan variety. We're getting involved in Libya where one day they will be singing our praises and the next day they'll be planting IED's outside our barracks.
In for a penny or in for a pound. Don't doubt it for a second, we're in. And this time it's for that sweet, light crude that Libya is chuck full of. This is mother's milk for Europe. At 2006 extraction levels (1.8 bbl per day), Libya was estimated to have over 60 years of oil reserves. Most of Libya is still unexplored for possible oil formations due to sanctions disputes with oil companies.
Who were those sanctions against. Who was squabbling with the oil companies? Hmmmmm?
Once Gaddafi is gone the real battle will start over who gets to divy up Libya's oil soaked goodies. But until then, someone has to keep the fight going. The US didn't intervene when 800,000 Tutsis were slaughtered in 1994. In 2004 American F-16's and F-18's did not fill the skies over Darfur either. In 2009 the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for the President of the Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, for crimes against humanity. Have the Marines landed there yet?
Starting last week, stories of Al Qaeda fighters "liberating" surface-to-air missiles and other munitions from Libyan armories have been reaching western allies. And Obama denies that he will provide even more arms to these rebels... BTW the top photo is Taliban.
Both sides in the Libya conflict are running short of weapons and ammunition after almost two weeks of intense fighting that has brutally exposed the military shortcomings of the rebels, the Guardian has been told. The rebels were forced into yet another retreat on Wednesday, with Muammar Gaddafi's forces regaining much of the territory taken by them at the weekend and threatening to humiliate the western coalition by again coming within striking distance of Benghazi. Concern is deepening in the coalition about the rebels' fragile morale and lack of military experience to mount a sustained challenge to the regime. A military stalemate is now a real possibility, partly as both sides are struggling to re-equip their forces. With fighting continuing in Misrata and regime forces pushing east as far as the strategic town of Ajdabiya, the issue of rearming has become paramount.