Look, you are cynical about

Look, you are cynical about the intent here. I understand that. I just don't agree with that assessment.

I don't think there is any chance of occupation either. Simply not in the cards. Which, in my view, leaves the internal affairs completely in the hands of Libyan nationals as it should be. The difference being that these affiars will be settled less violently, by infantry and small weapons on an equal playing field. If Gaddafi does have legitimate support, we'll know soon enough. If the conflict ends in a stalemate with a separation in the east then at least there is a refuge for those who dissented to escape to. Military bases? Have you listened to the Americans here?

I suspect the use of the airforce against the demonstrators was very much blown out of proportion

Until refuted, we have direct statements that those where the orders.

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