London, United Kingdom, 9 March 2011 – Britain and France announced that they are discussing a draft resolution for military intervention in Libya and have talked of a no-fly zone. Publicly and behind closed doors, America is also debating this matter and talking of possible actions that are in line with and also diverge from the actions proposed by the Europeans. The professed “good intentions” are utterly negated by the lies we heard during the Iraq and Afghanistan invasions, as well as their decades long arming and support for Gadaffi.
Taji Mustafa, media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Britain, commenting on calls for Western intervention, said: “Western interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan led to the killing of thousands of civilians, torture in Abu Ghraib, Bagram and Guantanamo and chronic insecurity, yet we see Western governments having the audacity to intervene in yet another Muslim country.”
“As in the build up to the invasion of Iraq, arguments for intervention are being rehashed: saving people from a murderous dictator; helping the spread of ‘democracy’ in north Africa. Unsurprisingly, people in the region reject these arguments, having seen Britain selling Gaddafi’s regime the weapons currently being used against them. Only two years ago, the UK’s SAS was training Gadaffi’s special forces and now they talk about caring for people!”
“If the West was really concerned about the people of Libya they would have spoken up years ago rather than sending their business elite to gain access to Libya’s coveted oil fields. Whatever their stated reasons, Western governments only intervene to further their strategic interests, economic exploitation of the Muslim world and prevent the emergence of a truly independent Islamic power, the Islamic Caliphate state. All calls for intervention in Libya must be rejected and challenged.”
“Like many people in the region, we remind all that Egypt’s huge and powerful army is the one that should immediately intervene to bring down Gaddafi, as demanded by many in the region. The time has come for the return of the era in which the Islamic world addresses its problems free from Western colonial intervention. The 450,000 strong Egyptian army must ignore the borders drawn by the colonial powers and immediately move to liberate their brothers and sisters in Libya. The people in Libya, Tunisia, Egypt and the rest of the Islamic world are part of one Muslim ummah and lived side by side before the colonialists drew up borders to divide them. In conjunction with the forces that have liberated parts of Libya, the Egyptian army would help put an end to the ongoing carnage and remove the justification for western intervention.”