- March 28, 2011
Common Dreams features article “Attack on Libya May Unleash a Long War”Visit the publisher's website • See the article
- March 28, 2011
The Diane Rehm ShowVisit the publisher's website
"When you have two sides that are defending territory, seeking to take other territory, this is no longer an uprising of a population against a government. It's -- the country is divided."
- March 27, 2011
Al JazeeraVisit the publisher's website
"Crucial NATO countries like Turkey, like Germany, and others, as well as countries outside of NATO, simply don't agree with the U.S., the Brits, and the French in exactly what the scope of this military attack should be."
- March 23, 2011
The Mindanao Examiner features article “Libya Intervention Threatens The Arab Spring ”Visit the publisher's website • See the article
- March 23, 2011
Inter Press ServiceVisit the publisher's website
"'It remains to be seen whether Ban Ki-moon will actually function as General Ban, with any influence over real-time military decision-making,'" said Phyllis Bennis, director of the New Internationalism Project at the Washington-based Institute for Policy Studies.
She said the language of the resolution calls for close coordination by the governments participating in military action in Libya, with the secretary general. 'But it remains quite unclear, both from the actual language of the resolution and from statements of the governments carrying out the military actions in Libya, what, if any, the real role of the secretary-general is to be,' she told IPS.
"Beyond the calls for governments to 'coordinate with each other and the secretary-general' on their military actions, the only specific role assigned to him is to report to the Security Council what implementation is underway, said Bennis, author of 'Calling the Shots: How Washington Dominates Today's U.N.'"
- March 22, 2011
MondoweissVisit the publisher's website
Phyllis Bennis says that the action exceeds the rebels' requests and threatens to impose a global power politics frame on the Arab spring, thereby fostering the scourge of war.
- March 21, 2011
Democracy Now!Visit the publisher's website
"There’s no question that, although the first actual attacks came from several French jets, it’s been the U.S. cruise missiles, fired from ships off the coast of Libya, that have been the opening salvos. And it still is U.S. commanders that are ordering the attacks.
"There are extraordinary, dangerous parallels here, both to the 2003 invasion of Iraq eight years ago, also to the 1991 U.S. war against Iraq, where you have more of a parallel of the U.S. bribing and threatening and punishing other countries to force a vote in the U.N. Security Council to bring a veneer of legality, even though there was no real legitimacy, just as they did this time.
"The official position of the military is we are there to protect civilians. How that’s going to happen if bombing raids continue on Libyan cities is a very big question."
- March 20, 2011
The Christian Science MonitorVisit the publisher's website
"Phyllis Bennis of the Institute of Policy Studies in Washington...found that 'the Libyan opposition… has made a legitimate demand for international support.'
"Yet she went on to state that, 'Governments, however, are not people, and do not make strategic decisions for humanitarian reasons. Governments do not use scarce resources and most especially do not deploy military force, to achieve humanitarian goals. So the cold strategic calculations of powerful governments cannot be viewed as a legitimate response to the humanitarian needs of Libya’s people or the humanitarian impulses of international civil society.'”
- March 18, 2011
Business News Network (CANADA)Visit the publisher's website
It looks like the UN is declaring war on Libya. This resolution surprised me on how far it went. There have been talk, of course, for some days about a no-fly zone being approved by the security council. But this resolution goes well beyond a no-fly zone, and authorizes "all necessary measures" to protect civilians and civilian areas.
- March 10, 2011
NOW Magazine (Toronto, Canada)Visit the publisher's website
"Phyllis Bennis of the justice-oriented Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC, thinks any such effort will inevitably lead to the latter – and that any move to control Libyan airspace is a potential disaster. What is being proposed, she says, is a 'fantasy no-fly zone.'"