The West Dithers…

March 8, 2011

…while Libya burns. The Colonel has been an American enemy since Reagan tried to kill him 40 years ago. Notwithstanding the partial thaw in 2006, the West has always disliked the Libyan regime. Now the Libyan people have declared war against him. They are in desperate need of support (diplomatic, military, medical) and the best the West has come up with is statements of support. With a balance of power that appears to be favouring the regime, inaction is de facto support for the Colonel. The US should implement the no fly zone, arm the rebels in Benghazi and insert a small special forces team to tip the balance of power.

Tunisia and Egypt were American allies so the US’s dithering had a certain logic to it. The odds of a post-Colonel Libya being worse is as close to 0 as any regime in the world. As such, not standing with the ‘rebels’ who are actively calling for the help we have implicitly promised them for the 40 years. Oppressed people the world over are watching what America does here and their future propensity to act against their governments will be influenced by the support, or lack thereof, which they see on the ground in Libya.

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