Moran: The ‘Indomitable Power of Freedom’ in Libya

by ARLnow.com August 23, 2011 at 9:35 am 2,099 17 Comments

Rep. Jim Moran issued a statement last night about rebel advances during the ongoing fighting in Libya.

Last night, the indomitable power of freedom carried the Libyan people within reach of ending Moammar Gaddafi’s cruel reign. Now, the dictator must surrender to the International Criminal Court, and face justice at last. The United States and the broad alliance we have brought together to help Libya’s Transitional National Council and oppose Gaddafi’s regime should now focus on supporting a peaceful transition to democracy.

I commend President Obama and his administration for the decisive leadership that has brought us to this day. By halting Gaddafi’s murderous assault on Benghazi on March 17, the United States made the coming victory possible. Gaddafi’s power has been steadily eroded by allied military action and by diplomatic, logistical and financial support European, Arab and African states. The Transitional National Council overcame many obstacles and setbacks in their drive to oust the regime, and it is encouraging that the Berber communities of Western Libya – long persecuted by Gaddafi – played a crucial role in the final approach to Tripoli.

Indeed, from the beginning of this uprising, Libya’s people have been its driving force. Their resilience should serve as a model to other oppressed people. As President Obama has said, the future of Libya is in the hands of the Libyan people, and they will be able to count on U.S. support to create their country’s first democracy.

  • TGEoA

    Pretty easy to support the action now. Moran is gutless.

  • Brandon

    “As President Obama has said, the future of Libya is in the hands of the Libyan people, and they will be able to count on U.S. support to create their country’s first democracy.”

    Unless you create a government we don’t like. In which case we reserve the right to violate our own constitution to go to war to overthrow it all over again.

    Except we won’t call it “war.” We’ll call it an “intervention.” And we won’t send in troops. We’ll just drop bombs. That makes it OK. That makes it legal.

    • JimPB

      Good points Brandon,.

      And, what’s good (the intervention of other countries) for the the goose (Libya) is good for gander (the U.S.).

  • Bluemontsince1961

    Well, at least for this one, he didn’t say that this war/intervention/whatever was due to the “Israel/Jewish lobby”.

  • Nimmel

    hahahaha. embarrassed beyond description that this guy is a national representative. those of you that voted for this democrat should be forced to read this self-demoting press release six times over, print it on a bumper sticker and place it on the back of your subaru.

  • Brandon

    “Pretty easy to support the action now. Moran is gutless.”

    Give Moran more credit than that. When he supports unconstitutional military assaults against other countries, he goes all in. He was on the floor of the House praising this war long before it was clear we would “win.”

  • ArlingtonNative

    Surprised that Moron isn’t trying to somehow take credit for the events. At least he does manage to get in several attempts of arse-kissing to the President.

  • Anonymous

    Just to clear up the facts, this is his original statement on Libya:

    “I congratulate the President, and those I understand advocated for action, including Secretary Clinton, Susan Rice and Samantha Power, for understanding how important it is to be on the right side of history and to show the Islamic world, whether on the street or in the palaces, that the U.S. will always stand for freedom, justice and democracy.

    “This was not a unilateral action. The U.S. led a diplomatic effort securing support from the UN, the Arab League and European Leaders, both in word and in action. Gaddafi clearly has no qualms with killing his own people to maintain personal control over a nation that has been oppressed for too long. The coalition’s actions are justified on humanitarian grounds alone, but the geo-political benefits from this principled action to defend human rights will likely be felt for generations to come.”

    It seems he has always supported democracy in Libya.

    • Fred

      Are we all sure the new regime will be a democracy?

      • Patrick

        Exactly I don’t think anyone can say with any certainty exactly who the rebels are. Muslim Brotherhood?

        • KalashniKEV

          Best to go by the facts… Article 1:
          “Libya is an independent Democratic State wherein the people are the source of authorities. The city of Tripoli shall be the capital of the State, Islam is the Religion of the State and the principle source of the legislation is Islamic Jurisprudence (Sharia). “

      • novasteve

        Democracy in an islamic context, which means that it will be a theocracy, but since everyone agrees on it, that’s “democracy”.

        I don’t think Libya has the “diversity” that Iraq has, so there aren’t that many minority sects to be persecuted and killed off. Also very few non muslims, unlike in Egypt.

        • KalashniKEV

          “but since everyone agrees on it, that’s “democracy”

          You better agree… or else be wearing a rock-proof burqa.

          Ask the al Qadaff if Libya is diverse… or go to the number one source of foreign fighters and suicide bombers in the GWOT, the rebel capital of Benghazi.

        • JimPB

          The piece below from religion section of Wikipedia’s piece on Libya indicates religious homogeneity in that country:
          “By far the predominant religion in Libya is Islam with 97% of the population associating with the faith.[214] The vast majority of Libyan Muslims adhere to Sunni Islam, which provides both a spiritual guide for individuals and a keystone for government policy, but a minority (between 5 and 10%) adhere to Ibadism (a branch of Kharijism), above all in the Jebel Nefusa and the town of Zuwarah, west of Tripoli.”

  • McCain-Graham

    Senators McCain and Graham liked the outcome too but thought it would have been much better if there had been more bombing…

    “we regret that this success was so long in coming due to the failure of the United States to employ the full weight of our airpower.”


  • JimPB

    Are Senators McCain and Lieberman trying to provide the material for an update of “Dr. Strangelove”? (A significant portion of that movie’s terrifying script came out of official documents.) Or perhaps a movie with a new theme, “Devastating bombing fires the crucible of freedom.”

  • JimPB

    Regime change seems certain, but the nature of the new regime is yet to be known. Pretty safe bet: If the regime lets the oil flow, it will be deemed good. Oil has wonderous effects on perception.


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