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The problem with western intervention

March 29, 2011

By Jessica Nabongo

The UN resolution to enact a fly-zone over Libya was largely hailed as a solution to extreme military force being used against civilians. It was largely meant to be an apolitical intervention. Today in London, 40 governments and international organizations descended on London to “debate” the political future of Libya. While the Arab League is involved, no one from Libya is, which obviously is problematic.

France recognizes the rebel Libyan National Council as the sole representative of Libya, but my questions are:

1. Who are these rebels?

2. Do majority of Libyans recognize them as their leadership or just the international community?

3. What about Libyans who still see and desire Qaddafi as their leader?

I think that western countries are walking in dangerous territory as they are seeking to put in place people who are an unknown element in Libya’s democratic future.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Ricardo Habalian permalink
    April 4, 2011 7:36 pm

    Hey Jessica!
    Very good questions, I think. I wrote a comment on Fiorenzo’s “Humans rights or peace” article that is in line with what you’re saying. Maybe you can take a look at it and we could have a good discussion.
    Hope everything is great

    • Jessica Nabongo permalink
      April 9, 2011 1:23 pm

      Hey Ricardo, Just saw this. I will read your comments and Fio’s as well and add my thoughts!

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