We now have this somewhat unique situation where the Arab League is demanding the United Nations act on Libya, a development that begs the question- just who is opposing military action against Gaddafi? You have the Arabs themselves on board with international interjection, further obliterating the overly cautious perspective that some still argue.
The day Gaddafi pledged he would die in Libya, three weeks ago, any reasonable person should have realized that the current situation was entirely plausible. Instead we saw nothing but useless tough language, the forever ineffective "freezing of assets", the whatever "sanctions", the same historical pattern of self delusional responses to a madmen bent on a bloodbath. I've watch the Gaddafi "pressers", almost comical to think he is moved by the great debating society and their paltry threats. While the world went at a snail's pace, Gaddafi was planning his counter offensive and now we are in a situation where the Libyan "revolution" is days, weeks away from utter collapse. Is the world prepared to watch the people of Benghazi slaughtered, because barring any real intervention, the birth of the uprising is now set to fall back to Gaddafi's advancing forces.
It's time for the West to stand up for our supposed principles, we stand for freedom, democracy, we stand against repressive regimes, or at least we like to think we do. There is little risk of backlash from the Arab world, IN FACT clear indications they welcome INTERVENTION. And yet, we wait for impotent nations to drive the ineffective United Nations towards an urgent conclusion. THREE weeks since the no fly zone entertained, and all we've heard is it's "complicated", along with some odds reliance, Gaddafi would fail, the rebels would succeed. Guess what, Gaddafi is winning, brave people that dared to challenge are now threatened, while we "debate" further. Madness.
There are no longer any rationalized stumbling blocks to delay a military intervention in Libya. The Arab world is on side, the west faces no blowback for an aggressive response. The saddest part, American planes have already flown over Libyan skies previously, already bombed, already went after Gaddafi, there is a precedent, further proof that EXCUSES now are just that. All that is required is will, conviction, otherwise we will sit and watch Gaddafi crush people we supposedly champion. If these countries believe their rhetoric, if what they say about Gaddafi is true, if they TRULY do support the "freedom" forces, then the time is clearly right now. A few cruise missiles into Tripoli, ground the aircraft, the world is waiting, apparently everyone is on side, SO...