Mission creep watch

As Kevin Drum notes, our mission in Libya–ostensibly aimed at protecting civilians from Qaddafi’s regime–has become a bona fide intervention into a civil war.

When this was being pitched as a humanitarian effort to protect civilians, it seemed unseemly to ask about the character of the rebels or the nature of the government they would establish. But if the West is in effect taking sides in this conflict, isn’t it fair to ask what kind of horse we’re backing? Some of Drum’s commenters compared this to our support of the mujahedeen against the Soviets in Afghanistan during the ’80s, who were portrayed at the time as heroic freedom fighters. And, hey, that turned out great, so why worry?

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One thought on “Mission creep watch

  1. I agree that this is a concern. Personally, I don’t know anything about these rebels other than that they’re formed from tribes that were suppressed under Qaddafi. If they succeed in taking half or more of the country from him, what type of rule will it be? Will there be more Islamic extremism as a result?

    On the other hand, maybe the rebels really want democracy. Maybe they’ll promote it and fight for it. Maybe they want free markets and free speech. We can’t expect they’re terrorists – and that’s what Qaddafi would have us believe.

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