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Reasons Behind The West’s Involvement in Libya

March 20, 2011 15 comments

As I have briefly mentioned in a previous post, there are a host of less-than-altruistic reasons which have forced the west to intervene in Libya. Let us list them..

1. The refugee situation

Many commentators, both MSM and blogs, ignore or marginalize what I consider to be one of the most important reason for the intervention. Neither Egypt or Tunisia, both neighboring pro-western countries, want hundreds of thousands of refugees crossing their border or dying near it. In this day and age- pictures and video clips of such incidents are as destabilizing as the events themselves.

Countries and territories within boating distance of Libya (Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Malta, Cyprus, Turkey) are also at risk of massive waves of refugees if Gaddafi is allowed to get away with genocide in Libya. The long-term effects and costs of such population displacement can, by themselves, justify any intervention.

2. Oil

While Libya is not a big oil producer like KSA or Russia, it is an important provider of crude for countries like Italy and France. Extended periods of unrest in Libya will cause significant and lasting supply disruptions to those countries.

At this stage, the options are-

a. Stick with Gaddafi and hope that he can keep on suppressing the rebels and keep things functioning.

b. Accept that Gaddafi can no longer maintain order or keep things functioning properly, even if he regains all the cities he has lost.

They have chosen option b.

3. An improvement over Gaddafi

It is no secret that the west prefers to deal with ME leaders who are friendly and accommodating of their interests. Ex- and current leaders such as Mubarak, Ben Ali, the Saudis, King Hussein were/are predictable and accommodating of western interests. Gaddafi, on the other hand, is not liked by the west AND his own people. Even other dictators/kings in the ME hate Gaddafi. To put it another way, almost everyone wants him gone. Given that most people in Libya detest him, any significant weakening of his regular military power (over more than a few weeks) would almost guarantee an insider assassination or mass-desertion.


Discuss: Are Schools and Universities Still Relevant?

March 20, 2011 20 comments

Schools and universities, as they have existed for the last 200-odd years, had two main meta-functions:

1. To perpetuate the status quo- through the illusions of competence, fair play and authority.

2. To provide and maintain useful knowledge for the purpose of training people.

While these institutions have evolved over time, it is painfully obvious to the objective observer that they are no longer essential for type 2 functions. The internet and material available on it are easier to access, cheaper, more current, less one-sided and superior to what the vast majority of educational institutions can possibly provide.

Why should people pay for the privilege of interacting with these irrelevant, useless, disingenuous, pompous and delusional douchebags?

Educational institutions have become roadblocks and speed-bumps on the path of knowledge, innovation and creativity. They seem to now exist solely for type 1 reasons- perpetuating the fraud of scholarship, credentialism and as the hand-maidens of the PTB.

Institutional educators ARE the clergy of our age- and they deserve the same scorn, mockery and enforced irrelevance suffered by priests of traditional religions. The only good priest is a dead priest.

What do you think? Comments?