Medea Benjamin: “Instead of Bombing Dictators, Stop Selling Them Bombs”

Gene Berkman at Independent Political Report:

Medea Benjamin was The Green Party candidate for U.S. Senator from California in 2000. Challenging Sen. Diane Feinstein’s record of support for bombing Serbia, and her earlier support for Bush Sr’s war in Iraq, Ms Benjamiin received 327,000 votes, over 3% and coming in third.

When all you have is bombs, everything starts to look like a target. And so after years of providing Libya’s dictator with the weapons he’s been using against the people, all the international community – France, Britain and the United States – has to offer the people of Libya is more bombs, this time dropped from the sky rather than delivered in a box to Muammar Gadhafi’s palace.

If the bitter lesson of Iraq and Afghanistan has taught us anything, though, it’s that wars of liberation exact a deadly toll on those they purportedly liberate – and that democracy doesn’t come on the back of a Tomahawk missile.

President Barack Obama announced his latest peace-through-bombs initiative last week — joining ongoing U.S. conflicts and proxy wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia — by declaring he could not “stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people that there will be no mercy, and … where innocent men and women face brutality and death at the hands of their own government.”

read the full commentary, co-authored with Charles Davis @ http://original.antiwar.com/medea-benjamin-davis/2011/03/23/instead-of-bombing-dictators-stop-selling-them-bombs/


More international Green Party news

According to Newsweek, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France may be a “dead man walking”. The article, in part, credits the Green Party’s success in recent European Union elections as well as court rulings that Sarkozy’s carbon tax proposal violates their constitution.

Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Iran requested a visit by a European delegation, and at the last moment asked that the visit be postponed. According to the article, German Green Party leader Barbara Lochbihler says members of Iranian civil-rights groups have asked her to proceed with the visit despite international criticism. Media attention fueled by criticism from U.S. lawmakers and individual members of the European Parliament gave Iran an “excuse” to postpone the visit, according to Lochbihler.

Finally, the Irish Times is reporting that Green Party Minister of Finance, Brian Lenihan, has announced that he is battling cancer. Placing principal before personality, Lenihan said yesterday that he hoped pposition finance spokespeople would continue their critique of Government policy, adding that the last thing he would want was for them to feel inhibited by his medical condition.