The 'doing the right thing' policy for Libya

President Obama usually displays a calculated and analytical approach to foreign policy, so the recent decision to intervene with Libya boggles the mind. The lack of a comprehensive policy or clear plan of action may mean that the “Let’s bomb Libya” campaign will also bomb.

By ALON PINKAS
March 24, 2011 17:38
Air strike on Libyan government forces

Air strike on Libyan government forces 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic)

 
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Nothing is as ethically seductive or morally intoxicating than the feeling of “doing the right thing.” In the realm of international relations, the feeling is further amplified when leaders fiercely evoke the “G” word: Genocide. We are doing what we are doing and it’s imperative we do so because we are preventing massacre, stopping mass murder and averting genocide. We were left with no choice, we had to do it. Contemporary and future historians, please take note of the courage and determination we demonstrated.

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