March 22, 2011
The military engagement by the “coalition of the willing” in Libya appears to me as the right thing to do, in a situation in which a dictator is killing his own people.
Not doing anything would have led to a bloodbath in Benghazi and other cities dominated by the anti-Gaddafi forces, I think.
However I have some questions.
Why is the international community, and the EU, less interested in the situation in Cote d’Ivoire, where people are killed by Gbagbo, another dictator? Because the fear from illegal immigration is smaller? Because this country is less rich in petrol? Because it is more far away? Because of some kind of racist attitude of the “international community”?
How long will the military engagement in Libya last? Six months? A year? Eight years, as in Iraq by now?Is this sustainable? Can the international community handle at the same time the “jasmine revolutions” multiplying and a military scenario in Libya? What happens if the next president of France is not interested in the exercise?
Isn’t there a substantial risk that the military operation would result in a division of Libya? If the ‘democratic’ half wants diplomatic recognition and so on, what do we do? Do we create a democratic Eastern Libya, like Western Germany in the past? With China and some countries in the Arab world being more sympathetic to Tripoli than to Benghazi, isn’t there a risk that Libya would divide the international community, more than ever before since the fall of the Berlin wall?
My job is to ask questions to the right people and that’s what I’m going to do in the following days. If there are questions you want me to ask, please write.Georgi Gotev