Arab League Backs Libyan No-Fly Zone

It’s being reported today that the Arab League will support a no-fly zone in Libya. That could be a game-changer, even if the African Union doesn’t support it.

But would a no-fly zone make a difference?

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9 Responses to Arab League Backs Libyan No-Fly Zone

  1. D. C. Sessions says:

    Is this anything like, “let’s you and him fight?”

    Put another way, how many squadrons is the Arab League committing to enforcing this? (Snarky answer: the entire United States Sixth Fleet.)

  2. James Hanley says:

    D.C.,

    Agreed, but if the U.S. chooses to get involved, this makes it much less of an “American kicking Arabs around yet again” thing. And that’s good. Of course it also means we’re that much more likely to get involved, and whether that’s a good thing or not is something I remain uncertain about.

    Ideally, perhaps, if a no-fly zone is created it would be a NATO mission with non-U.S. members doing the bulk of the enforcement.

    Then again, having the Greeks do it might be a bad idea…

    And having the Turks do it might bring up memories of Ottoman imperialism…

    And Italy might not be a good idea, either…

    OK, the Dutch. Oh, wait, Sebrenica…

    Umm, maybe a joint Danish-Bulgarian enforcement team?

  3. D. C. Sessions says:

    Agreed, but if the U.S. chooses to get involved, this makes it much less of an “American kicking Arabs around yet again” thing.

    Only until “weapons are free.” At which point all of that stuff about the Arab League goes down the memory hole. Dunno ’bout you, but I remember Desert Storm and how that played among the Faithful. Does the name Osama bin Laden mean anything to you?

  4. James Hanley says:

    D.C.,

    I don’t remember us having an Arab League mandate to point to in those situations. I’m not saying we’d be praised as Allah’s holy warriors by the popular masses, but I am saying it makes a difference if their own leadership plays a role in inviting us in.

  5. D. C. Sessions says:

    I don’t remember us having an Arab League mandate to point to in those situations. I’m not saying we’d be praised as Allah’s holy warriors by the popular masses, but I am saying it makes a difference if their own leadership plays a role in inviting us in.

    And the way things are going right now, is having their leadership remember us fondly a Good Thing or a Bad Thing?

    I guess I’ve seen too many of these affairs to be impressed by our ability to get along with another collection of dictators, even if some of them have occasional elections which amazingly always return the same people to office.

    Just once, I’d love to see the country I was taught to believe stood for freedom and the rights of people to rule themselves actually let people win their own freedom rather than put our too-damned-heavy thumbs on the scales. (And I do recognize exceptions like Japan.)

  6. Dr X says:

    I noticed on Al Jazeera English this week that they aired interviews with Libyans saying they want US help with a no-fly zone and, possibly, weapons. I haven’t heard them air any interviews with subjects opposed to assistance, though they were clear that they wanted no direct American combat role. They’ve also aired “experts” saying that everything that has happened reveals the insignificance of bin Laden and al-Qaeda (I heard it as don’t worry about anti-American reactions). They are definitely much more subtle than Fox News, but my impression is that al ‘Jazeera was trying to sell this to American and European viewers and pols. I wish I could understand Arabic. I’d love to hear what they’re saying on the Arabic language network.

  7. A Bear says:

    memri.org makes for interesting reading and frequently provides translations of Arab and other middle eastern media. A little off topic, but seeing as ranting lunatic Glenn Becks’ ratings are slipping, have Fox thought of replacing him with Gaddafi? I think chances are at least 50/50 he will be looking for a new job soon.

  8. Matty says:

    FYI it looks as if the first planes in will be British and French

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-12784729

  9. Matty says:

    If the casualty reports are true I wish I was wrong,

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12798568

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