Several major news outlets are reporting that David Cameron’s Britain has decided to send some limited forces into Libya to train rebel forces and to help protect humanitarian efforts. Other reports have said that Cameron has already had communications equipment and things like body armor sent to help the rebels in their efforts.
I’ve talked a lot about this since this conflict began. Just about everything I’ve hoped to see from Obama, in response to the events in Libya, I’ve seen from Cameron or France’s Sarkozy. Obama taking a back seat in this conflict is much better than going in guns blazing and alone, or unilaterally sending in the Marines, half cocked. But, putting our money where our collective mouths are on promoting Democracy requires we help the people of Libya free themselves from tyranny.
What needs to be done is getting done, albeit slower than would be more effective as Britain goes through the proper NATO and UN channels. Maybe the best thing that will come of this, in the long run, is other countries will step up, and it won’t just be us that the world looks to anymore to stop conflicts like this.
Here’s to hoping for the best.
Gaddafi’s government is rattling their sabers, saying any military forces on Libyan soil will be seen as hostile, and an act of war. Just as they say they will not be attacking civilian targets, as they continue to do so, I think this is probably just more hot air. I don’t think Gaddafi is that stupid… let’s hope he’s not that stupid.
This training help, along with freeing up money that the rebels will hopefully be able to use to buy supplies and better weaponry, will hopefully give the rebels the boost they need to turn the tide against Gaddafi. At the very least, maybe it will push him to leave, as rumors have it he has reached out to explore such a move, should some other country offer asylum.First priority just needs to be ending the civil war, then the rest can be dealt with later, through an international court, or by whatever means is possible.
First priority just needs to be ending the civil war, then learning lessons from mistakes made in Afghanistan and sticking around in force to help the country rebuild, instead of leaving them in the lurch, letting terrorists fill the gap and hating us even more because we just use them and leave.
Bravo to David Cameron, the closest thing we have to a leader of the free world right now – let’s hope he leads us in the right direction, and keeps doing so for the long term, rather than make the same sorts of mistakes we made in Afghanistan.