1.      Lybian civilians


1.      Lybian civilians are in danger of becoming either “collateral damage” or Gaddafi’s hostages.

2.      Libya will probably be completely dependant on neo-colonial powers for decades.

3.      These powers won’t be happy with their acquisition though: tribal countries that simply don’t like an overlord tend to, er, cause problems. We all should know that by now.

4.      Gaddafi has announced he will attack civilian shipping and aircraft (and perhaps a French nuclear power plant?). We have a war on the edge of Europe.

5.      Other movements against regimes the west doesn’t exactly favour will try an uprising too, trusting that the UN will provide them with an air force. Their regimes can only avoid Gaddafi’s fate (he hasn’t got a chance) if they hurry to acquire the bomb (or at least a dirty one).

6.      Democratic movements in countries allied to the west (e.g. Bahrain) are let down.

But you say it is good news that the UNSC does something, no matter what. Amazing.


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