We Should Support The Libyan People, But Not With Our Troops

by John Hawkins | February 28, 2011 8:38 am

Muammar Gaddafi is a tyrant, he has American blood on his hands — and he’s just plain old evil. What will follow him in Libya is a mystery, but he’s such a monster, it’s hard not to root for his people to get rid of him. That being said, there’s a difference between giving the Libyan people moral support and sending in the troops[1],

Opposition forces today stormed close to the Libyan capital Tripoli for a final showdown with militia still loyal to beleaguered strong-man Muammar Gaddafi, as US and its European allies readied plans for a possible imposition of a ‘no-fly zone’ over the embattled country.

…US officials are also discussing whether the American military could move to disrupt communications to prevent Col Gaddafi from broadcasting in Libya.

The paper also said Washington was also pondering to set up ‘safe corridors’ leading from Libya into neighbouring Tunisia and Egypt to assist the refugees, whose numbers are multiplying.

Invading Afghanistan and Iraq was in America’s national interest. Sending our troops to Libya is not. The only things in that country worth risking a single American life for are our civilians, whom we’re already getting out, and Libya’s oil fields. Controlling those oil fields would take a lot of men on the ground — more than we’d be willing to risk.

Moreover, while we should support Libya’s people if they want to move towards democracy, we have very little idea of what will happen once Gaddafi is gone. Do we really want our troops on the ground in the middle of what could be an incredibly chaotic, violent mess?

Maybe it’s just me, but I think we’ve done our part for democracy and freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hell, if we hadn’t helped Iraq move towards democracy, it’s likely that there wouldn’t be anything going on today in Libya, Egypt, Tunisa, Yemen, etc. So, even in Libya, we’ve already done our part to help inspire them towards freedom.

If there need to be boots on the ground, let some other nation — that’s not already being slandered across the world on a daily basis for doing the work of 20 countries — handle it.

  1. there’s a difference between giving the Libyan people moral support and sending in the troops: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Opposition-forces-close-to-Tripoli-US-mulls-no-fly-zone/articleshow/7594969.cms

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