Eric,You seem to support the

Eric,

You seem to support the UN rather dogmatically.  This situation is a rapidly unfolding disaster, and UN support only makes it a "legal" disaster.  That does not mean that the UN has acted wisely.  From the first page of this thread:

You and I are members of relatively quiet democracies where people generally adhere to the rule of law.  We have little experience in the "real world", meaning the political paradigms under which the majority of the world's populations is forced to reside.

First, lets pop this bubble of "the international community".  You are talking about "us".  If the international community is represented by the United Nations, we control it.  England, France, Russia, China and the United States--as permanent Security Council members with veto power--essentially decide on the "will" of the international community.

Only a few days ago I was commenting that I admired my country's leadership for having a smart policy, which was engaging Egypt while staying out of the fray in Libya.  What a difference a few days makes.

I will elaborate more in the following post to Brendan.

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