When Foreigners Attack
Mar 20, 2011

Like a large segment of the blogosphere, it is not clear to me that it is ethical for foreign power to get militarily involved in Libya.  If the situation was the Libyan regime launching airstrikes and firing mortars against peaceful protesters, then there may have been a case to be made for sanctions, freezing bank accounts, or even military action.  As far as I can tell, however, the Libyan rebels are now an armed resistance which has taken over several cities.  What is going on in Libya is civil war.  Apparently more than a few Libyans still support Gaddafi.  The UN is taking a side in the civil war, and American and other's attacks are killing soldiers.  It is not clear to me that there is a "good" side and a "bad" side in Libya.  I sincerely hope that the ultimate result of UN military action is good for most Libyans, but I wonder how likely this is, or how anyone will ever know.

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