The world’s greatest military alliance, NATO, has been issuing these pathetic public statements about having hit, e.g., six tanks and five “technicals” here or there.
NATO — impotent in Libya, in the sense that it is losing the battle.
We should remember that Osama Bin Laden was emboldened by the weak responses of the West to the terrorist attacks Al Qaída had launched, so emboldened that he set 9/11 into motion.
What would a real NATO attack on the armed forces of Qaddafi look like? Would we be talking about attacking six or seven tanks, as if that’s a good day’s work and that’s all that is required?
What’s it going to take to win this thing? And if we haven’t thought about winning it yet, we’d better start thinking really hard about the consequences of losing it.
For NATO, stalemate will be equivalent to losing it.
A widespread perception that NATO is impotent does not bode well in the Middle East.
If we blow this thing, “The Arab Spring” could turn into one of those moments in history where the hopes of new generations are dashed, as passions are crystalized into hatred of those who inspired their hopes–and stood idly by as they were crushed.
What would Obama have done at Srebrenice, if he were watching events through the cameras of a Predator drone?
Having committed so much of our word and honor to this enterprise, how can the United States stand idly by as the siege and destruction of Misurata continues?
See Ben Hubbard (AP), “Gadhafi forces pound rebel-held Misrata: Moammar Gadhafi’s forces shelled civilian areas in the rebel-held city of Misrata on Thursday, killing 10 people,” Seattle Times, April 28, 2011.
In domestic law, if a good Samaritan stops to assist another person in distress, the Samaritan owes that person a duty of reasonable care in providing assistance.
What is the duty of those who are seeking to carry out the mandate of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973–by “all necessary measures”?
Is their duty only to satisfy their domestic audiences and alliance partners that they are doing their part, hitting six or seven tanks every couple of days?
Or is their duty to halt the attacks on civilians by removing the person who is ordering those attacks from power? By all necessary means.
The Trenchant Observer