Yes, optimism

Pro-war, pro-nuke.

Like I said earlier, it’s a different world.

It looks like the crisis in Japan is going pretty well, considering. The other half is considerably more complicated. But let’s be perfectly clear while we’re considering worst-case scenarios; we already tried that. It was called “doing nothing” and it resulted in crackdowns against civilians across MENA.

Which is not to suggest that anyone should “feel good” about launching a lot of bombs; there will probably be considerable and horrific collateral damage and there is the risk that it could go completely to shit if the Libyans themselves can’t oust however-the-fuck-you-spell-his-name.

But the difference between Iraq/Afghanistan (if it even bears the comparison) and Libya is the message it sends Arabs. “You dumbasses can’t do anything right” versus “Yes, you can.”

And it’s long overdue.

With luck, this will have positive and substantial impact on other countries currently struggling to ensure their own right to self-determination.

“If you can’t do something smart, do something right” seems to have become our new war doctrine.

And I support it, fully.

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    • ari
    • March 21st, 2011

    I did a little (and I mean minimal) research and wonder if this sudden “righteous” stance has little to do with Libyan freedom fighters and everything to do with PanAm flight 103’s downing over Lockerbie, Scotland. Gadhaffi’s ex-justice minister, who resigned at the end of February, now says Gadhaffi masterminded the plan to bring down that plane. The world forgets and forgives some things, but has a long memory about others? Otherwise I don’t quite get why the “allies” chose to get involved in this particular fight…

      • Max Bell
      • March 21st, 2011

      *Waves* Howdy!

      To put it simply, the no-fly zone is empowering revolutionaries in other countries by proxy. Today, there were mass defections on the part of the old regime in Yemen to the side of revolutionaries there.

      Analysis of what “our” interests are in the conflict are obscured by the fact that we’re bending over backwards to show that this is not about our interests, but about supporting the right of individual nations to self-determination. There are a lot of potential worst-case scenarios for the outcome in Libya — but none of them are worse than what is currently in place.

      Yes, this is a hyper-optimistic stance, but then I’ve been in regular contact with Libyans for a couple of weeks, now — what’s showing up in analysis and what’s going on down on the ground don’t really connect very well. Which is not to say my view is necessarily more accurate as a result, but to point out that I do feel a fair amount of what’s being said is arising in a vacuum.

      People keep asking “Why not the Ivory Coast? Why not Bahrain? Why not Yemen?” — and my answer is that Gadafi is the hair clog blocking the Arab Spring. I doubt he will be the only hitch in the process, but I think inaction would have caused progress to grind to a complete halt.

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