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August 31, 2011

NATO in Libya: “We’re Drone-a Get Ya”

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We’ve been tweeting recently, and a bit cynically, about NATO’s murky role in the Libyan uprising. This morning, Marc Herman has a nice piece in The Atlantic about propaganda leaflets being dropped over Libya. There’s more to the whole post, but we honed in on, particularly, this flyer.

What’s interesting about this leaflet is that it shows far more partisanship than NATO, Obama, or Sarkozy would have the non-Libyan public believe. Overthrow, not protection of innocent civilians, was the aim.

Another very interesting thing (to us, at least) is the power accorded the drone in that part of the world (and we believe that’s a drone pictured). It’s a badass, scary symbol of American might and pretty creepy considering how many civilians have been killed by drones in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Our visual symbols may be the flag and 4th of July and political rallies and suburbs here, but to the people of the Middle East and Northern Africa, the visual currency of our power is a pilotless, silent, windowless aircraft that bombs the fuck out of your family, then flies away.

(photo: Marc Herman/Atlantic)

  • LanceThruster

    Just about everything we use to blow stuff up looks predictably phallic.

    • T Perky

      Sometimes an aerodynamically engineered vehicle is just an aerodynamically engineered vehicle…

    • T Perky

      Can I just add that it’s awfully amusing to see you complaining about phallic symbolism? Either you’re a very clever performance art or horrifically un-self-aware. Or is that your schtick?

    • Doom

      I think you sit around and draw penises all day….  Mr. “Lance”  ”Thruster”

  • Anonymous

    The gods are watching you. And they will rain death upon your heads if they feel so inclined.

  • Anonymous

    The gods are watching you. And they will rain death upon your heads if they feel so inclined.

    • http://ralfast.wordpress.com/ Ralfast

      Thunderbolts from above.

  • http://ralfast.wordpress.com/ Ralfast

    Because handcuffing children and shooting them in the head is just too much trouble:

     http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/08/31/122789/wikileaks-iraqi-children-in-us.html#ixzz1WfTBR2xz

  • omen

    if drones were so effective, why did nato allow misrata to be held under seige for over two months, relentlessly being pummeled and shelled 24/7 by gaddafi loyalists. it took boots on the ground for rebels to finally seize misrata back.

    rebel forces bitterly complained of nato not being proactive enough in shelling gaddafi tanks and convoys. tnc headquarters would call nato and tried to give coordinates of gaddafi forces but rebel entreaties went ignored. the war would have ended sooner (and would have inflicted less casualties) if nato had sought coordination.

  • omen

    Overthrow, not protection of innocent civilians, was the aim.

    this suggests gaddafi wasn’t guilty of slaughtering civilians.

    if nato didn’t give a f*ck about casualties, they wouldn’t have bothered with trying to warn civilians to stay away from tanks or bothered with trying to entice gaddafi military loyalists to stand down.

  • LanceThruster

    It wasn’t a complaint, just an observation. Yes the shape is suited to its purpose. Its purpose is a projection of power by inflicting destruction delivered from these high tech weapons platforms. Ordnance reaches its inevitable climax in an explosive burst. I wouldn’t doubt the operators have a post-mission smoke on occasion.

    George Carlin wrote about the military imagery in the game of football. The dominance aspect of military might is self-evident.

    Kurt Vonnegut wrote “The Big Space F#ck” - http://pierretristam.com/Bobst/07/wf041307.htm about the irony of the human race wanting to spread its seed into space for survival as it simultaneously trashed the home world.

    Yes, “LanceThruster” is a double-entendre, but it was conceived in the spirit of “Buck Rogers” and “Flash Gordon”, with a little “Dirk Diggler” thrown in for god measure (I’m proud to say there’s even a “Fairly Odd-Parents” character of the same name that appeared years after my moniker was developed – I’ve written elsewhere of the origins and have developed a continuity of sorts writing under the same name since its inception, feel free to look it up).

    Sometimes a thruster is just a thruster. And a “lance” is a shape suited for thrusting. I do not dwell so much on the lance as I do on where it goes.

    Fun times, indeed.

  • LanceThruster

    I think your fantasies regarding my free time are fascinating (though completely wrong). I would truly be hard pressed to remember when the last time I drew a penis (age 10?).

    I am not ashamed of mine, but I also have no compelling need to craft a two-dimensional representation of it (or anyone else’s). I did point to my testicles recently when asked where it hurt by the emergency room doctor after developing gallstones.

    I hope that satifies your curiosity.

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