The time to act and swiftly end Libyan suffering has passed and gone. Dictator Disputed Spelling’s warning of a “long war” seems right on the mark, as the U.N. “no-fly zone” only impedes his wiping out the cornered rebels and the DS regime can simply wait them out.
The Security Council resolution authorizing the use of force distinctly bars occupation of Libyan territory by any foreign country. This is consistent with international law, something U.S. government officials usually think doesn’t apply to them (unless there’s some advantage in it), but is somewhat short of what would be needed to take a principled stand.
The other measures are all namby-pamby rules most modern dictatorships, including the Libyan regime, circumvent routinely without much fuss. What did you expect from a bunch of comfy diplomats with unfettered parking rights in New York City?
Oh yes, French President Nicolas Sarkozy may yet get his desired bounce in the polls by playing the banty rooster, but let’s not forget who and what we’re talking about.
France hasn’t won a war since the Louies and has calmly aided Iran’s nuclear program to assure its oil supply. Besides, the echo of Sarkozy’s (anti-Arab) immigrant baiting is still resounding and the ink on his expulsion of the Roma has just barely dried.
We’re not talking about righteous Lincolnian indignation here.