By William Markiewicz

A Polish poet whose name I don't remember, describes with nostalgia the atmosphere in an old Tartar cemetery in Poland. The Tartar warriors, drafted by the Polish King, were defending Polish frontiers. Later the King offered them some land in Poland. The poet used a sarcastic challenging refrain: "Who needs the Tartars?" I'll use this expression as a take-off for: "Who needs the Libyans?"

Lately we witness two mega-tragedies: first in Libya, next in Japan. The first was caused by humans, the second by nature. In natural disasters we can help, in those caused by humans we can judge.

The self-satisfied West watches and debates as Gaddafi butchers his own people -- and -- what will happen later? Business as usual, of course with Gaddafi.

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