The West would do anything for the oppressed people of Libya, right?
"If we waited one more day, Benghazi... could suffer a massacre that would have reverberated across the region and stained the conscience of the world." (Obama, quoted in False pretense for war in Libya? Alan J Kuperman, articles.boston.com, 14/4/11)
"If we hadn't done anything, as of 2 weeks ago, we'd be talking tonight about the butcher of Benghazi... and 700,000 people, big city, whack, Gaddafi up the middle of it, gone." (Kevin Rudd, quoted on Q & A, 4/4/11)
"Dozens of African migrants were left to die in the Mediterranean Sea after a series of European and NATO military units apparently ignored their cries for help... A boat carrying 72 passengers - including several women, young children and political refugees - ran into trouble in late March after leaving Tripoli for the Italian island of Lampedusa. Despite the alarm being raised with the Italian coastguard and the boat making contact with a military helicopter and a NATO warship, no rescue effort was attempted. Nearly all of those on board eventually died from thirst and hunger after their vessel was left to drift in open water for 16 days." (African refugees cast adrift in the Mediterranean, Jack Shenker, Guardian/SMH, 10/5/11)
[* With apologies to Theodore Gericault]