Justifying military intervention in Libya, Obama has expressed concern that Gadhafi might “commit atrocities against his own people“. Statements like these make me wonder what the U.S. government might do to its people if we decided to rebel against it. Would the Federal Government simply step aside and say, “we respect the will of the people”?
There is no need to wonder. We need only look back at the War Between the States and General Sherman’s conduct during his infamous “march”. Though it is far too late to do anything about that, it is never too late to apologize for the crimes or memorialize the victims – as has so often been done for black slaves of the same era.
What does Obama have to say about the Federal atrocities at Waco? To the best of my knowledge, justice has never been served for those crimes, much less an apology. Obama is in charge of the same government that committed the above crimes, and many others, against its own people. While I applaud the (hopeful) downfall of Gadhafi, I do not believe that the U.S. government has any moral standing to condemn others in such cases. “People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”