Seems to me, at least, that we’d all be a whole lot better off in this world if we ended years of a known humanitarian crisis before we started dropping bombs on a place we worry might one day become a humanitarian crisis. Am I crazy here?
Choosing to just watch quietly as this Libya disaster unfolds, I’d settled in comfortably with the idea that our International Community was wisely involving itself militarily in a cause they clearly felt was just. After all…we did Iraq a whole lot more slowly, and with a whole lot less unanimity. This Libya thing, however, happened so fast the NYT didn’t even have time to leak it before we’d already engaged the conflagration.
I’m paying closer attention now…with an increasing number of the alleged “coalition” partners starting to have second thoughts…and in doing so I came across this little gem:
The core principle that has to be upheld here is that when the entire international community, almost unanimously, says that there is a potential humanitarian crisis about to take place, that a leader who has lost his legitimacy decides to turn his military on his own people, that we can not simply stand by with empty words, that we have to take some sort of action. I think it is also important to note that the way that the U.S. took leadership and managed this process ensures international legitimacy and ensures that our partners, members of the international coalition, are bearing the burden of following through on the mission as well. Because, as you know, in the past there have been times when the United States acted unilaterally or did not have full international support, and as a consequence typically it was the United States military that ended up bearing the entire burden.
I’m ashamed of this President.
He ran off at the mouth all through his campaign about Darfur…gave a lot of his fan club many reasons to hope that HE -finally- was going to address and resolve the Darfur holocaust. Not only has he failed…he’s used the excuse of preventing a “possible” humanitarian crisis to lob bombs at a containable threat while ignoring Libya’s next door neighbor who has already lost hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of innocents because of the military its own Government turned against them.