Archive for March 15th, 2011

03/15/2011

Libya: Impose A No Fly Zone

As the news reported on the rebellion in Libya, some have suggested the imposition of a no-fly zone to bring Qaddafi down.

America should support the Libyan rebels in their effort to remove Qaddafi. He has been in power 42 years and has ruled long enough. Qaddafi replaced a king who had no term limit and ironically, Qaddafi has now served longer than most monarchs. He has held power for 10½ U.S. presidential terms. He needs to go.

The problem is it is illegal under international law for one nation to intervene in the affairs of another, unless acting in self-defense, invited by the host country, or under UN approval.

The UN properly used force in the Gulf War (1990), since it was illegal for Iraq to invade Kuwait. It was also lawful to impose a subsequent no-fly zone to keep the peace.

Here, Libya has not invaded another country, and as it stands, it would be illegal for the U.S. to unilaterally take military action.

One solution is to recognize the rebels as the legitimate Libyan government. Qaddafi has no real legitimacy, as he came to power in 1969 in a military junta, and not through a lawful electoral process. Let’s recognize the rebels as the true government of Libya and ask them if they want military help. I am sure they would say yes.