Early on in the Libyan situation I made a post about my thoughts on the Libyan question here on MLM city rebels.
Since making that post many things have developed, Qaddafi has made mad man rants , the rebels have asked for imperialist help while still ruling out a on the ground intervention. In fact if I can be honest I was starting to pull for the rebels till some sickening news came out about the rebel forces as well as Qaddafi forces targeting black African immigrants workers for prosecution. Both sides spouting that these people are "mercenaries"(1) but all it is is pure racism.
These facts coming out about both sides has done one thing for me; made me still refuse to chose a side in the dispute. I understand the rebels call for help with supplies and calling for an imperialist no fly zone imposed on Libya. If you were in their position where your army was starving and under supplied/out gunned and couldn't combat the air force then you would accept all the help you could get. Accepting help from imperialist in time of war isn't the same as being the imperialist running dog. So defending the Qaddafi regime on the basis of anti-imperialism is still at this point silly and jumping the gun seeing as both have about the same connection to imperial powers at this point.
I refuse to support the rebels who arrest and parade around black immigrants but the Qaddafi forces are guilty of the same crime. I refuse to support a leader who would have his army open fire on unarmed citizens. As far as I am concerned Qaddafi should be arrested and put to trial for his crimes against the people. I can not support a running dog of imperialist interest, and as of today I see the same amount of imperialist interest and cooperation with both sides in the conflict.
The fact of the mater is that sometimes neither side is right and sometimes we need to not take a side. Just because one side seems less imperialist than the other or more socialist than the other etc does not mean they deserve our support. When both are doing racist acts against immigrant workers, both are killing innocent people, it is ridiculous to take a side for the sake of picking a side. I for one refuse to take a side in this and stay critical of both sides and hope that the people in Libya rise up and take over their nation and keep the imperialist out and kick out the ones that are already there (Italian and UK imperialist.)
At the end of the day I support self determination in Libya and hope that the people make the right choice that best benefits the masses of their nation.
Written by: Dustin Slagle