“Allies Are Split over Final Goal of Libya Mission” (TIMES, 3/25/11)

President Obama has said the campaign to defeat Qaddafi would take “days, not weeks.” Now French foreign minister, Alain Juppé, is saying the destruction of his “military capacity is a matter of days or weeks, certainly not months.”

Meanwhile, the Libyan “rebels” who are opposing Qaddafi are just holding on, with some observers claiming the situation in Tripoli “is really simmering” and others denying that the “Tripolitanians will rise.” Are we sure that another “Curveball” is not at work misinforming the NATO command?

Moreover, we don’t have a very clear picture of these rebels. Are they proponents of a democratic government or Muslim traditionalists who want to establish a theocracy? Remember what happened when the Shah of Iran was toppled.

You either learn from history or you are condemned to repeat it.


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