Saturday, 2 April 2011
NATO in Libya, two weeks on
Now given that there is no sign of Qaddafi leaving anytime soon, questions are now being asked about what next. To a certain degree, the Western coalition has definitely underestimated Qaddafi`s ability to stay in power.One of the reasons for this, is in my view, the Western reliance on dissident Libyans living abroad ! Few weeks ago, a lot of dissidents here in the UK, claimed that Qadaffi`s regime would fall within days because of mass defections.Clearly, this has not happened so far, despite the recent defections ( or kidnapping ? ) of people like Moussa Koussa, there is no sign that regime will collapse anytime soon. Indeed, having realized this, the Western coalition is now considering arming and training the Rebels, which at first glance seems to go against the current U.N resolution. However, it seems there is a way around, as the British prime argued, the resolution allows " all necessary measures to protect civilians", even though one may argue whether the Rebels are really ordinary civilians or whether the measures also apply to pro - Qaddafi civilians !