Nothing good can come from continuing to stoke rebellion in Libya

Brian Thu, 2011-04-28 11:00

A few days ago, I typed out the following to the Globe and Mail in response to this article.

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I hate to break it to our Fearless Leaders, but the revolution in Libya has been lost, and has been lost for some time now. It's clear that the rebels are no match for the Libyan army-the only territory they can occupy is whatever's been cleared for them by NATO bombs.

The only thing NATO should be doing now is bringing the rebels to their senses. They should cut their losses as best they can. They should stop turning down cease-fires and negotiations offered, because that's the only way they're going to be able to have ANY say in the post-revolution situation. For many, that's the only way they'll be able to save themselves. Qaddafi's not going to step down, short of an invasion. The rebels aren't going to be able to control much territory without constant NATO support. The folks that defected to join the rebels had better skedaddle out of Libya-they'll be considered, with some justification, to be traitors.

Dreams of regime change should end now. Further action by NATO will only make things worse. If NATO was truly concerned with the safety of civilians, they would stop bombing them and do what they can to bring hostilities to an end.

Too bad about the UK's and France's dreams of a more stable oil partner, but that's not a good reason to waste more lives.

Qaddafi has twice agreed to a cease-fire and negotiations. I'm no fan of Qaddafi, but he's behaving a lot better than NATO or the rebels right now.

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(The letter was not printed. Though I stand by what I said in this small post—that even with the "success" of the "revolt," only much, much harm has been done to Libya, and much suffering inflicted on the Libyan people—clearly I underestimated the willingness of NATO to bomb Libyans until their partners in war crimes were able to assassinate Qadaffi. More later. This note written in October, 2011.)