Colonel Walter E. Kurtz: I’ve seen horrors… horrors that you’ve seen. But you have no right to call me a murderer. You have a right to kill me. You have a right to do that… but you have no right to judge me. It’s impossible for words to describe what is necessary to those who do not know what horror means. Horror… Horror has a face… and you must make a friend of horror. Horror and moral terror are your friends. If they are not, then they are enemies to be feared. They are truly enemies! I remember when I was with Special Forces… seems a thousand centuries ago. We went into a camp to inoculate some children. We left the camp after we had inoculated the children for polio, and this old man came running after us and he was crying. He couldn’t see. We went back there, and they had come and hacked off every inoculated arm. There they were in a pile. A pile of little arms. And I remember… I… I… I cried, I wept like some grandmother. I wanted to tear my teeth out; I didn’t know what I wanted to do! And I want to remember it. I never want to forget it… I never want to forget. And then I realized… like I was shot… like I was shot with a diamond… a diamond bullet right through my forehead. And I thought, my God… the genius of that! The genius! The will to do that! Perfect, genuine, complete, crystalline, pure. And then I realized they were stronger than we, because they could stand that these were not monsters, these were men… trained cadres. These men who fought with their hearts, who had families, who had children, who were filled with love… but they had the strength… the strength… to do that. If I had ten divisions of those men, our troubles here would be over very quickly. You have to have men who are moral… and at the same time who are able to utilize their primordial instincts to kill without feeling… without passion… without judgment… without judgment! Because it’s judgment that defeats us. (Apocalypse Now 1979)
Horror is being unleashed onto the Libyan people on an unimaginable scale. An orgy of death, destruction, torture, rape, kidnapping, humiliation & open warfare is engulfing the country. From the air, carpet bombing of civilian areas, helicopter machine-gunning of non combatant civilians, cadavers lying on the streets for days or weeks as a consequence, the civilian infrastructure bombed out deliberately. On the ground, artillery bombing of civilian areas, summary executions, racist lynchings, ethnic cleansing, ubiquitous rape, torture of children, abduction of children for sex slave trade. Human beings executed & their organs harvested & traded. A climate of hate, fear & bigotry flamed by the influx of people with criminal intentions is devouring the country. The horror.
Los desastres de la guerra: Estragos de la guerra by Francisco Goya
Horror is being inflicted on a nation of 6.5 million people to rob them of their freedom, their wealth, their natural resources, their piece of land. Contrary to the Viet Nam war, where the atrocities committed by France & the US armies against civilians were widely known only after years of conflict & hundreds of thousands exterminated, the atrocities committed in Libya are been documented & mass distributed since day one. A horrifying catalog of human depravity can be seen in YouTube. Testimony accounts are still scarce & fragmentary but it seems clear by now that many people have lost their sense of humanity & are killing or running for their lives if not trapped in impossible situations. Confronted with such events any informed viewer has the moral obligation to call out loud for a complete cease fire & an end to the hostilities by all parts involved in Libya. Not to politicians, media or NGOs but to his/her community & the people who can propagate the message. The urgent task in Europe is to raise awareness of the disasters of the war in Libya and how they could & should be stopped immediately through any of the plans proposed by Libyans & different international actors. The only party who persists in continuing hostilities & systematically rejects negotiations is NATO. NATO stands, as of today, as the major obstacle to peace in Libya. For how long? It will depend on us. If it would be left to NATO, Libyans will be fighting for years like in Iraq & Afghanistan. Not again.
Kurtz: The horror…the horror!