The world is backing away from the idea of a no-fly zone over Libya. U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron is backtracking from a previous endorsement of the idea and the general sentiment is a desire not to get mixed up militarily in Libyan affairs. Voices from the US are also expressing a more cautious stance, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton telling the House foreign affairs committee that a military endeavour would be counterproductive. The US is particularly reticent because a no-fly zone would require Libyan air defence systems to be bombed first. Despite the fact that Gaddhafi’s troops are meagre in comparison with Britain or the US, surface-to-air missiles could still take down foreign aircraft. Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov was dismissive of the notion of a no-fly zone, calling such an action “superfluous” and encouraging the world to focus on sanctions.
Above: In Benghazi, Libyan’s fly their original flag and hold up a sign rejecting the idea of foreign intervention. Photo Credit: Tiago Petinga/EPA
As much as I hate to say this, it’s absolutely more realistic to cut off Gaddafi’s government from the inside out, not the top down. Showing them the world doesn’t tolerate violence with violence?
And let’s face it, the crazy dictator doesn’t care if we have a global “no fly” zone. As far as he’s concerned, he’s on a different world completely. So it would, ultimately, come down to violence.
Well… I don’t even know what they’re planning on doing instead of the No-Fly-Zone, which some Libyans did want (at least based on the Libyan tweets I’ve been reading for nearly a week). But now it sounds like they’d get shot at and bombed from the air no matter what, and that has happened, so…
It seems like all they can do is send medical aid & food, and nothing else. I know the Libyans don’t want any foreign intervention mainly because they don’t want foreign soldiers to come into their country. They’re afraid that what happened in Iraq & Afghanistan will happen to their country too if foreign soldiers come in. (I don’t know all the details, but I’m sure a Google search would give you some idea.) They want an overthrow of the current government to be of their doing only.
Still… ugh. It’s so frustrating to only be able to watch what’s happening and not do anything more aside from charity donations/aid. I don’t want to see this continue, but all I can do is blog about it & make people aware, then get them to donate.