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Libya: Obama’s Humanitarian Crisis Is Back In The US

by | 29th, March 2011

PRESIDENT Obama is not at the London conference to talk about solving a problem like Libya. But Hillary Clinton is. As Obama says, there is a “looming humanitarian crisis.” Well, yes. When the far Right-wing rebels we’re backing hit Tripoli, then Gaddafi and his forces will be in a deep brown crisis.

As for a humanitarian crisis, get a load of that table on the left. Yes, it is in 000s.

Back in London, lots of politicians are vying to see whose vested interest will get the biggest say on Libya. Want to know which forces of good were there? Here you go. We’ve highlighted a few of the choice ones:

International Organisations

Secretary General of the United Nations His Excellency Ban Ki Moon
Secretary General of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference His Excellency Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu
Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Anders Fogh Rasmussen
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Baroness Ashton of Upholland
United Nations Special Envoy for Libya Abdelilah Mohamed Al Khatib
Arab League Ambassador Hesham Youssef

Albania Foreign Minister Edmond Haxhinasto
Belgium Foreign Minister Steven Van Ackere
Bulgaria Foreign Minister Nickolay Mladenov
Canada Deputy Minister Morris Rosenberg
Croatia Deputy Prime Minister Gordon Jandrokovic
Czech Rep Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg
Denmark Foreign Minister Lene Espersen
Estonia Foreign Minister Urmas Paet
France Foreign Minister Alain Juppe
Germany Foreign Minister Dr Guido Westerwelle
Greece Foreign Minister Dimitrios Droutsas
Hungary Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi
Iceland Foreign Minister Ossur Skarphedinsson
Italy Foreign Minister Franco Frattini
Iraq Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari
Jordan Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh
Kuwait Ambassador Khaled Duwaisan
Latvia Foreign Minister Girts Valdis Kristovskis
Lebanon Ambassador Inaam Osseirah
Lithuania Vice- Minister Asta Skaisgiryte-Liauskiene
Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn
Malta Deputy Prime Minister Dr Tonio Borg
Morocco Foreign Minister Taib Fassi Fihri
Netherlands  Ambassador Pieter Willem Waldeck
Norway Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store
Poland Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski
Portugal Foreign Minister Joao Cravinho
Qatar Prime Minister and Minister Foreign Affairs  His Excellency Sheikh Hamad Bin Jabr Al Thani
Romania Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi
Slovakia Foreign Minister Mikulas Dzurinda
Slovenia Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar
Spain Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez
Sweden Foreign Minister Carl Bildt
Tunisia  Ambassador Hatem Attalah
Turkey Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu
UAE Foreign Minister His Highness Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan
USA Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Observers

Australia High Commissioner John Dauth LVO
Holy See HE Archbishop Mennini
World Bank Senior Counsellor for UK and Ireland Andrew Felton

Still, we’re in it. So we might as well pick a side and go in hard. Roger Cohen has advice:

People are being born throughout the Middle East. They are discovering their capacity to change things, their inner “Basta!” That’s how the Arab spring began on Dec. 17 in the little town of Sidi Bouzid in Tunisia — with a fruit peddler’s “enough” to humiliation. In my end is my beginning.

Three months later the genie is not only out of the bottle, it’s shattered the bottle. I said of Libya in an earlier column: Be ruthless or stay out. So now the West is in, be ruthless. Arm the resurgent rebels. Incapacitate Qaddafi. Do everything short of putting troops on the ground. Qaddafi, as President Obama has said, “must leave.” So that Libya can be an Arab country that is imperfect but open.

Hillary Clinton has been reading:

Hillary Clinton has paved the way for the United States to arm the Libyan rebels by declaring that the recent UN security council resolution relaxed an arms embargo on the country.

Here are the photos from the meeting, in which Clinton looks spiky and short, the croissants look delish, and Cameron pulls that expression aimed to reassure us that he is thinking deep things and listening and not at all playing at politics and spouting green things for vanity’s sake and doing whatever it takes to enable his elite cohorts to get even richer…

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Prime Minister David Cameron walks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton inside 10 Downing Street ahead of the meeting of international allies to discuss the next steps for Libya.



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