[Marxism] Has Russia already killed more civilians in Syria than NATO killed in Libya?

Clay Claiborne clayclai at gmail.com
Sat Oct 3 00:51:25 MDT 2015

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      Has Russia already killed more civilians in Syria than NATO killed
      in Libya?

> Is it even conceivable that *Russia* has killed even more civilians 
> with air strikes in *Syria* in just a few days than *NATO* killed in 
> its 8 month /"Operation Unified Protector"/ campaign over *Libya*?
> The high probability that this question will be answered in the 
> affirmative is owing to a number of causes:
> In spite of baseless ravings by /"anti-imperialists"/ about the /"huge 
> loss of life"/ and /"massive infrastructure damage"/ they say was 
> caused to Libya by the NATO assault, a factual history of what 
> happened does not support those conclusions. The studies that have 
> been done by the *New York Times 
> <http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/18/world/africa/scores-of-unintended-casualties-in-nato-war-in-libya.html>* 
> [40-70], *Human Rights Watch 
> <https://www.hrw.org/news/2012/05/14/nato-investigate-civilian-deaths-libya>* 
> [72] *Amnesty International 
> <https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/MDE19/003/2012/en/>* [55], and 
> the *United Nations 
> <http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/03/world/africa/united-nations-report-faults-nato-over-civilian-deaths-in-libya.html?ref=africa>* 
> [60] puts the number of innocent civilian deaths caused by NATO 
> attacks at between 40 and 72. This very low figure is owed largely to 
> a very different use of military air power in Libya as compared to 
> Afghanistan, Iraq or in any previous NATO combat mission. Rules of 
> engagement meant that only smart bombs were used. Targets were 
> carefully marked, missions carefully planned and often aborted if 
> conditions weren't right. There was very little infrastructure damage. 
> NATO commanders prided themselves on accomplishing feats like taking 
> out a tank parked below a bridge without harming the bridge, and the 
> did it! Libya certainly has it problems today but if oil production is 
> now down to 30% of Qaddafi era levels, its because of internal 
> political strife not infrastructure damage cause by NATO. It was up to 
> 90% not 6 months after *Qaddafi* was overthrown.

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