In the Arena

Gaddafi Duck

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There’s been some amazing diplomacy afoot over the past few days regarding multilateral actions to be taken, perhaps, against Libya. The notion that the Arab League came out in favor of a no-fly zone is extraordinary; that the UN Security Council, not an easy place to press military action, has agreed is almost mind-boggling. I remain extremely skeptical about military action, but the unanimity of world opinion–especially the opinion of Gaddafi’s neighbors–is certainly a welcome and bracing phenomenon. It will be interesting to see how, and whether, the U.S. participates in the actions to come. It would be a very welcome change if we let those closest to the situation–the Arabs, the Europeans–lead the charge. We don’t always have to be lead dog when it comes to kinetic/testosteronic matters, do we?

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