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The Devil you Know

Since the moment the rebel movement in Libya began to coalesce into a serious threat to the regime, and the simultaneously defiant and violent response of Qaddafi spelled out the future that we have since seen unfold, the debate over the correct course of action raged in every medium. As it raged, particularly during the initial days of the bombing campaign, I would venture that perpetually somewhere, on some social network, in some op-ed, someone was justifying their opposition to the engagement in terms roughly adhering to the statement that ‘if we aren’t engaging (or willing to engage) against all oppressive dictatorships, then we shouldn’t engage in Libya.’ Continue reading

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Keeping their Distance

It’s worrying to see the declaration  from Obama, Cameron and Sarkozy has been seemingly encouraging suggestion that direct action is an appropriate way to facilitate the regime change now clearly called for. I, by the way, welcome at least the marginally increased clarity on NATO’s war aims in Libya, the disingenuous discussion permeating the debate up to now is at least now temporarily slightly less dense.  Continue reading

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