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March 19, 2011

Leaders “Ponder” while Benghazi Burns

"Tripoli, Libya (CNN) -- Moammar Gadhafi's military forces pushed into the rebel stronghold of Benghazi on Saturday, as international leaders pondered military options against a Libyan government intent on destroying the fledgling opposition movement." [emphasis mine]

In the day since the UN resolution authorizing the use of force in Libya to protect civilians, we have done nothing but encourage those civilians to expose themselves to further slaughter. Another day of inaction and there will be no rebellion left for us to help. Gadhafi will enforce a ceasefire over his conquered subjects and exact retribution at his leisure.

We waited weeks for a UN resolution (wasn't my first choice but I can understand the arguments for that course). Didn't we make any plans while we were waiting? Couldn't the "leaders" have pondered while the UN debated?

Meanwhile the governments in Bahrain and Yemen are learning from Gadhafi's "success" and the world's toothless response; their citizens are being killed for protesting.

It's my fervent hope that this post will be hopelessly obsolete within minutes. My fear is that it will not.

WSJ headline: No Decision From World Leaders on Libya

 

Related post:

Libya: No Decision is a Decision

 

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