Despite the recent killing of Amb. Stevens and unrest in Libya, President Obama defended intervention in Libya in his UNGA speech Tuesday. Phyllis Bennis participated in this discussion on the Huffington Post’s new live channel.
Under pressure from a potential secessionist movement in the east, Libya must tread carefully to avoid becoming another Somalia.
Even if the president led the NATO coalition from behind, he led his country into war from practically another planet.
“The success of Libya’s uprising will have a great deal to do with the willingness of its leadership to break its dependency on the United States and NATO,” said Bennis in an article on Alternet. She asks, “whether events so far are ultimately a victory for the Libyan people, or for NATO. Given recent models of U.S. and NATO involvement in overthrowing dictatorships, we don’t have a lot of examples of how it can be both.”
The complications of the Libyan Summer, and the consequences of the militarization of its struggle, leave unanswered the question of whether events so far are ultimately a victory for the Libyan people, or for NATO.
Emira Woods takes questions on what can and should come next for Libya.
The success of Libya’s uprising will have a great deal to do with the willingness of its leadership to break its dependency on the United States and NATO.
After 42 years of Muammar el-Qaddafi, it is now long overdue for the Libyan people to determine their own destiny.
Major national organizations call for ceasefire in Libya, de-funding of U.S. military and intelligence operations. They call for an internationally-led ceasefire and negotiations between the warring parties, generous humanitarian assistance, and a strict arms embargo.
A call to Congress for a cease-fire in Libya, issued by U.S. Non-Governmental Organizations that support human rights and democracy in Africa.
They’re at obvious odds with the ostensible purpose of the siege — to benefit the Libyan people.
NATO is shirking “Responsibility to Protect” in favor of regime change in Libya.
It may be a symptom of a perceived need on the part of the U.S. to keep control of energy from China.
Despite its official UN-granted legality, the credibility of Western military action in Libya is rapidly dwindling.