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War is not the answer

Saturday, March 26, 2011

I'm not about to sit here and criticize President Obama for sending military support into Libya to try and stop a crazed dictator from hurting his own people. That would be hypocritical on my part. I supported the war in Iraq primarily for the same reason.

Sure, there was the question of weapons of mass destruction and the idea of a long term threat somebody like Saddam posed. But, I was more interested in stopping the genocide he was committing against his own people.

The same thing is going on in Libya. But this time, those who opposed the Iraq war are supporting Obama's move to join our allies in enforcing a "no fly zone," and those who supported the decision to go into Iraq after 9-11, are being less than supportive.

And this whole thing about "a war for oil;" I wish it was, then I wouldn't be paying $3.50 a gallon.

It seems like just a couple of years ago when Libyan ruler, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, was warning the rest of the Middle East not to irritate America to the point of military intervention. He'd tried it before and it didn't turn out too well for him.

Apparently the slap down he took in the 1980s is fading from memory as he gets older and crazier. So it's time to put him in his place again.

I'm not so much concerned about our involvement over there, as I am concerned about our method.

Quite frankly, I'm not sure violence is the answer with these knucklehead rulers in the Middle East. The argument is often made, "violence is all they understand." Yes I agree. But they understand it so well it means nothing anymore. Bombs blowing up in the streets is kind of a way of life over there.

Allow me to suggest the introduction of the most vile thing I can think about. Something that truly borders on cruel and unusual. Drastic times call for drastic measures.

I would suggest we take over their airwaves - radio and television - and broadcast non-stop episodes of "Jersey Shore." That's right, I said it, give them a dose of the meatball soap opera. You want Muammar to throw his hands into the air in surrender, strap him into a chair and broadcast Snooki at him 24/7. That little shaved Ewok can make any man give up. After listening to Vinnie or The Situation butcher the English language for a couple of hours, Muammar will be willing to give up his rule in exchange for ear plugs.

It would just be nice for Jersey Shore to prove useful. At least make this group - the most no-talent celebrities thrown at America since Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie - do something to earn their fame.

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Randy Cauthron
One Man's Perspective