Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Plan in Libya (in 100 words)

This article is published in PajamasMedia. The text is presented here for your convenience.

By Barry Rubin

Here's what's happening now in Libya:

--Western forces bomb Libyan government forces on various pretexts.

--Give intelligence to rebels.

--Give military advisors to rebels.

--Give rebels arms indirectly.

Goal: Rebels win war with no direct Western intervention on the ground or Western casualties. Dictator Muammar Qadhafi falls; Western intervening states say: All we did was protect civilians and have a no-fly zone! We stuck to the UN resolution.

What happens afterward? Not clear anyone has thought that through.

In a few years critics will skewer this operation as deceptive. One hopes they won't also be ridiculing a catastrophic outcome.

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