This article from 2012, is a great analysis of what was and is so wrong with the the “progressive” Left’s response to calls for intervention against brutal authoritarian regimes in Libya and Syria. Please see or revisit “Libya and Syria: When Anti-Imperialism Goes Wrong”, by Pham Binh of Occupy Wall Street, Class War Camp on July 1, 2012 http://www.thenorthstar.info/?p=1097
The author is honest enough to be critical of his own previous stances as well as those of others.He predicts the same mistakes will be made over Syria by the anti-any-intervention Left as were made over Libya. Does this sound familiar?
“The single most embarrassing aspect of the Western left’s opposition to NATO’s Libya operation was the way revolutionary Libyans were barred from Libya forums organized by anti-interventionists.”
This could be Stop The War Coalition’s lobby meeting at the UK parliament in November 2015. If you counter over Libya that it has become a mess, then consider his closing comments.
“Knee-jerk anti-imperialism leads to our enemies doing our thinking for us: whatever Uncle Sam wants, we oppose; whatever Uncle Sam opposes, we want. This method plays right into U.S. imperialism’s hands because the last thing Uncle Sam wants is a thinking enemy.”
A “thinking enemy” is too confrontational a term personally, but a “thinking opponent” definitely. One who would question how post dictator transition could have worked more efficiently in Libya.
What happened to Pham Binh’s call to metaphorical arms in the West?