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Political musings from Warren E. Peterson

No-Fly Zone, Whose Job Is It?

Posted by Warren Peterson on March 14, 2011

An Associated Press report printed in the March 12, 2011 issue of the Seattle Times contained the following statement:

“The Arab League asked the U.N. Security Council to impose a no-fly zone over Libya to protect the rebels, increasing pressure on the U.S. and other Western powers to take action that most have expressed deep reservations about.”

I understand why the 22 member Arab League might want the cover of a UN approved action but why should “Western powers,” let alone the United States, have to impose the no-fly zone. Many of the League members have robust militaries. Egypt, to name one, is well armed with American made (and paid for) equipment. Let them toss out Gadhafi. A little war would galvanize their country when they could most use some national unity. The Saudis could pay for it.

If it has to be a “Western” power, surely the European Union, which needs Libya’s oil, has the military muscle to do the job. The Brits and French actually have aircraft carriers. Add in Italy and Germany and you’d have four countries battle tested in Northern Africa not that long ago.

As an alternative, subcontract the job to the Israelis. Just leave us out of this one.

Cross posted on Sound Politics

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3 Responses to “No-Fly Zone, Whose Job Is It?”

  1. Gramps said

    I agree, Lieutenant Peterson…
    Well stated, Sir…!

  2. Tom Barnes said

    Warren, I was thinking the same thing. Why should the United States be involved in imposing a no-fly zone? I agree with your analysis and conclusion 100%. The United States should not get involved.

  3. Good now let them put up or shut up. If the Arab League endorses it then they can enforce it. They have have the means and the money.

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