My main point is not to excuse dictators' crimes.
My point is that it does happen, and we have just seen it happen, that "our" side will commit equal or greater atrocities, but it's all "humanitarian" and "just" and we all feel smug and satisfied, as if we had a moral high ground.
Let's grant that, on balance, we do have a moral high ground. Even so, we won't keep it for long unless we examine the wrongness or rightness of "our" own actions, on some scales of justice OTHER than those devised and "sold" to the public by corrupt corporate media.
As St. Augustine of Africa said, "Wrong is wrong even if everybody's doing it, and right is right even if nobody's doing it."
It remains highly problematic that we would support Al Qaeda militants militarily, financially, and politically, helping them to take Libya away from Gaddafi, so we won't have to use our own troops. It's not as if there was some humanitarian reason to go in and topple Gaddafi. And then our actions created a humanitarian disaster. All the lynchings, murders, bombings of civilians--we weren't protecting anyone from anything. We were doing a regime change.
Would we Americans, even if dissatisfied with a particular President being in office, welcome some other nation coming in and toppling our form of government, committing war atrocities against our people, including mass murders and racial lynchings, until they could capture our President, execute him in cold blood, and put their own favored thug in power instead?
There is such a thing as war crimes. There is such a thing as morality. This has NOTHING to do with Mussolini making trains run on time. There's blood on our hands. And as a nation we really don't much care, because we are losing our conscience.