A year ago, prudent voices in this country, the US, were warning us of the sure high cost in American lives of any military intervention in Libya on the side of humanity and common decency. They even urged us to spare our “sons and daughters.” Today, the same voices, on the Left and in conventional libertarian circles, are issuing the same solemn warnings as the horrors increase in Syria while the civilized world stands obscenely aside.
Well, it’s not too early to compute the cost in American lives of last year’s successful intervention in Libya. Here is an easy way to remember it: As many Americans died over Libya as Japanese died from radiation exposure in and around Fukushima.
3/26/12 Someone pointed out to me recently that many people imgine that thousands died of radiation in and around the Fukushima nuclear plant. So, let me be obvious: No one, not a single person died because of radiation emitted by the Fukushima nuclear plant accident. And the number of American military who perished in the intervention in Libya is also zero.
PS I now know I have readers in the Middle East. I wish we would hear from them. Of course, I don’t know if it’s safe for them to comment on this blog. I don’t expect them to go to jail or worse just so they can express an opinion on my blog.
Addendum, March 26 2012. The massacre continues. If Assad prevails there will be no forgiveness. If anyone knows of a way to send money to the opposition, give it. I will publish it here. Yes, I know that the recipient might be Islamists who dream of blowing me up. It’s worth it anyway