Image: People wave Libyan flags from a car during celebrations for the one-year anniversary of the “February 17 Revolution” (source)
- The Guardian, One year on: chaotic Libya reveals the perils of humanitarian intervention. The mission to remove Gaddafi was a noble one. But it provides a further lesson in the pitfalls of such actions.
- Foreign Affairs, Libya and the Future of Humanitarian Intervention. How Qaddafi’s Fall Vindicated Obama and RtoP.
- Mamdani, Libya: Politics of humanitarian intervention. The process of implementing the UN resolution on Libya was a poorly executed farce with no long-term foresight.
- Sebastian Meyer at Common Language Project, American journalist finds a passionate but inept rebel force.
- The Atlantic, The Strikes on Libya: Humanitarian Intervention, Not Imperial Aggression. This has much more in common with the international response to Bosnia than it does with the war in Iraq.
“The current military action against Libya is clearly approved by the UN Security Council. Qaddafi has claimed it is illegal, but even China and Russia (who abstained from the UN vote) cannot doubt that Resolution 1973 authorized the use of force to protect Libyan civilians. Neither will Germany, Brazil, nor India (all of whom abstained). Angela Merkel has already said “We share the aims of this resolution. Don’t confuse abstention with neutrality.” The others may not like it, but if they had serious legal or political objections they could have voted against. Or maybe their interests in becoming permanent Security Council members overwhelmed their reserves. Either way, the resolution had all the votes it needed.”
- Christian Science Monitor, How Libya’s Qaddafi brought humanitarian intervention back in vogue:
“‘Only a fool would fail to acknowledge that the invasion of Iraq gave liberal interventionism a bad name,’ says Timothy Garton Ash, British historian and political writer. In stating a measured rationale for action in Libya, however, he argues that despite abuse of the concept, “a much more careful, law-abiding, and genuinely liberal version of it has quietly continued to develop. Building on the post-1945 tradition of human rights promotion and international humanitarian law, and working with and through the UN, this has brought us the International Criminal Court and the doctrine of a ‘Responsibility to Protect,’ also endorsed by the UN.'”
- And… an interview with Congresswoman Michelle Bachman of my homestate of Minnesota.