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The bloody horror being visited on his own country by Libyan strongman Muammar Qaddafi keeps getting more and more surreal as the days pass and the body count mounts. The dictator’s actions in so brutally cracking down on challenges to his 41-year rule have drawn the condemnation of almost the entire planet. Even President Obama finally bestirred himself to criticize the massacre of protesters. But there are those who just can’t bring themselves to side with unarmed demonstrators being mowed down by helicopter gunships and bombed into oblivion by modern jet fighters. While the rest of the civilized world are gagging at Qaddafi’s bloodlust, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega telephoned the Libyan leader to “express his solidarity” as this Washington Post article states.
The reason for the calls? Ortega says that Qadaffi, ‘”is again waging a great battle’ to defend the unity of his nation” and that ‘”it’s at difficult times that loyalty and resolve are put to the test.”‘ Ortega shouldn’t really worry about Qaddafi’s “resolve.” The despot’s thugs and mercenaries are demonstrating that quality every day when they break into homes armed with swords and hammers, hacking and bludgeoning people to death. And how much of a “battle” can it be if Qaddafi’s air force is bombing civilians in the streets? Ortega is unconcerned; he blames the Libyan people getting shot down in cold blood for their own predicament, saying “There is looting of businesses now, there is destruction. That is terrible.”
One can only marvel at Ortega’s train of logic that shows concern for looted businesses and destruction — caused at least partly by Libya’s own air force — but not for women and children jumping off of bridges to avoid African mercenaries who are massacring everyone in sight.
Ortega is not the only leftist Latin leader who has expressed, if not solidarity, then at least understanding of Qaddafi’s actions. The mummified Fidel Castro is taking a “wait and see” attitude toward events in Libya. In a column published Tuesday, Castro wrote, “You can agree or not with Gadhafi. The world has been invaded by all sorts of news … We have to wait the necessary time to know with rigor how much is fact or lie.”
Good advice from the master of propaganda and deceit. It appears that Castro is perfectly willing to wait and see if reports of mercenaries from Chad and Nigeria roaming the streets of Benghazi shooting unarmed people in the head are true or not. Evidently, video evidence is just not good enough.
Castro also warned of an imminent invasion of Libya by US-led NATO forces. The dictator’s conspiracy-addled brain was working overtime when he wrote, “The government of the United States is not concerned at all about peace in Libya and it will not hesitate to give NATO the order to invade that rich country, perhaps in a question of hours or very short days.”
Castro’s problem is that while he sympathizes with Qaddafi’s world revolutionary rhetoric and hatred for anything and everything from the United States, the Cuban people would probably not accept an outright declaration of support like Ortega’s from their leader. He might have his own Tahrir Square on his hands if he gave in to his inclinations and expressed his own solidarity with the Crazy Colonel in Libya. That’s why he stopped just short of outright support when he wrote, “An honest person will always be against any injustice committed against any people in the world. And the worst of those at this instant would be to keep silent before the crime that NATO is preparing to commit against the Libyan people.”
Note that Castro believes a NATO invasion to stop the slaughter of innocents would be worse than the pogrom itself.
Only one of Qaddafi’s leftist allies in Latin America even made an effort to criticize his brutality. President Eva Morales of Bolivia issued a statement mildly remonstrating against the Libyan crackdown, bemoaning “the regrettable loss of many lives” and urging a negotiated solution.
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