So, you believe that

So, you believe that protesters are separate from the civilian population somehow? If Gaddafi were only targeting women or young people, would that also negate my claim that there was a systematic attack the population as well because it is a demographic group?

You got it at last. I explained that difference in my post this morning, which perhaps you haven’t read carefully …

If Gaddafi were to kill all women, or all inhabitants of town X, or all tuareg, he would target a civilian population, and that would be a crime against humanity. He is targeting people because of their actions though. Different thing. And to repeat: this is a criminal act from the internal perspective of Libya. All sorts of resistance by Libyans are legitimate (think of the legitimacy of the murder of a tyrant—you know that stuff I assume). From the perspective of foreign powers an intervention is not legitimate. And this is current international law.

The specifics are important here as well. The call for a no fly zone did not materialize from thin air. It had to do with Gaddafi using air superiority to quell protests

As you say: to quell protests. Same argument as before.

Additionally, I don’t believe that it was a common ocurrance, because fighter jets are an awkward means against demonstrators. Libya has helicopters too, and they make more sense against protesters. And less easy to prevent flying. A strawman.


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