Hi Jay, I'll do my best to

Hi Jay,

I'll do my best to keep an open mind if you will. The outcome will tell us who's mistaken and I'm comfortable with being wrong if it turns out that way. I think this gesture by the coalition comes from the right direction and with good intentions even if all the players have, or are defending their national or commercial *interests*

This response was not cautious due to the arduous task of organizing and approving a multilateral response through the UNSC. It was, however, just in time. Loyalists had blasted rebels out of almost every town down the coast to Benghazi. They had already started violent sorties in the city. Gaddafi then made his "cockroaches" speech that day and that was the trigger for action.

They would have gone into the city of 1,000,000 to hunt down and eradicate the opposition fighters and politicians. This is Gaddafi thinking everyone is busy with the Japanese catastrophe and no one is paying attention. He was very close to succeeding.

I would suggest to you that there was more than a significant prospect for violence against civilians, crimes against humanity, torture, and so on. I don’t need to convince you of this, it’s pretty clear that this was a distinct possibility. Review the liveblog of the day here for confirmation.

We’ll have to deal with the concept of potential blame at a later date should “a wider war” cause undue suffering. At the moment, I am convinced that this intervention has averted undue suffering and that Gaddafi has been limited to whatever extent. If everyone left tomorrow, I believe that they have already achieved something and left the situation much better than it was last Friday.

In addition, you should also know that Moammar had big money on Arizona over UT and rumor has it that he bought the refs.

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