...In the face of the world’s condemnation, Qaddafi chose to escalate his attacks, launching a military campaign against the Libyan people. Innocent people were targeted for killing. Hospitals and ambulances were attacked. Journalists were arrested, sexually assaulted, and killed. Supplies of food and fuel were choked off. Water for hundreds of thousands of people in Misurata was shut off. Cities and towns were shelled, mosques were destroyed, and apartment buildings reduced to rubble. Military jets and helicopter gunships were unleashed upon people who had no means to defend themselves against assaults from the air...
...America has an important strategic interest in preventing Qaddafi from overrunning those who oppose him. A massacre would have driven thousands of additional refugees across Libya’s borders, putting enormous strains on the peaceful –- yet fragile -– transitions in Egypt and Tunisia. The democratic impulses that are dawning across the region would be eclipsed by the darkest form of dictatorship, as repressive leaders concluded that violence is the best strategy to cling to power...
I'm still confused about "The Obama Doctrine" -- if, indeed, there is one apart from poll-watching.
No mention of the 400,000 lives lost in Darfur, Sudan.
No word on the slaughter of the civilians involved in Iran's Green Movement, arguably the most strategic 'democracy movement' in the Middle East.
Precious few words on the Muslim Brotherhood's burgeoning alliance with Egypt's military, an ominous portent for anti-Western sentiment.
Or the scores of civilians killed in Syria, a rebellion that could severely wound the interests of Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas.
Yet nearly every American would support killing Gaddafi. We still owe him for Pan Am Flight 103, which shredded 270 people. Among them were 35 students from Syracuse University and scores of infants.
There are humanitarian crises erupting throughout the Arab world. Given Al Qaeda's involvement with Libya's rebels, I have yet to figure out the administration's logic.
Update: Libyan Rebel Radio: 'Brothers Who Fought in Iraq And Afghanistan, Now Is the Time to Defend Your Land!'
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