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.