March 25, 2011

SDS Strongly Condemns U.S. and U.N. Intervention in Libya

Students for a Democratic Society is strongly opposed to U.S. and U.N. Intervention in Libya. The absurdly named “Operation Odyssey Dawn” is nothing short of an open act of war against a sovereign state by former colonialist power with the aims of creating a stronghold over the trade of oil. This attack should also be clearly seen as a ruthless attempt to stop the revolutions and uprisings happening within the Arab world.
At the beginning of “Operation Odyssey Dawn,” coalition forces fired about $62 Million worth of Tomahawk missiles at Libya. In a time where Detroit public schools are merging with the result that class sizes will approach 60 students, we in SDS wonder if that $62 Million could have been better spent.
Libyans' right to self-determination must be be upheld. Whether rebel forces or government forces will ultimately prevail is up to the Libyan people. While opinions vary on Libya and the role/power of the Qaddafi government, conscious people of the world must stand with civilians of Libya and say no to external military intervention of Libya. War and occupation is ongoing and has ravaged the livelihoods of the people of Iraq and Afghanistan. A new battle in Libya not only means more lives lost at the aims of procuring oil, but it also means social services here at home will be slashed. Our government should turn its focus into taking care of its own people rather than killing people in other countries.
Naturally we in SDS have varying opinions as to the merits of the rebels and the government they are attempting to overthrow. That said, we are absolutely united in opposing external military intervention.
We condemn any "military aid" to foreign countries. We demand money for human needs here at home!
Libyans have the right to resist foreign military attack!
Only the people of Libya can decide who will be in their government!