THE NEW YORK TIMES
September 7, 2011
Intervening in Libya
To the Editor:
Re “U.S. Tactics in Libya May Be a Model for Other Efforts” (news analysis, Aug.
There is a lawless interventionism afoot. It is redefining America. The
pretext in Libya: a massacre “could” occur. A United Nations resolution
to protect the people became a vehicle to overthrow the government.
Civilian casualties in Libya mounted after the United States and NATO attacked.
The United States, through NATO, ignored the Constitution and violated
international law with impunity. Capitalizing on the legitimate
aspirations of the Libyan people, the United States and NATO (with
cooperating oil interests) prevaricated to gain access to Libya’s
wealth. Isn’t this what we did in Iraq?
To please the West, Libya cooperated with the Central Intelligence
Agency, got rid of its weapons of mass destruction in 2004 and
privatized its economy, causing widespread unemployment.
What message does this interventionist model send to Iran: cooperate and be
What have we become if we permit predatory interventionism to go
unchallenged? This isn’t about Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. It is about us.
Who are we?
DENNIS J. KUCINICH
Washington, Sept. 6, 2011
The writer is a Democratic member of the House from Ohio.