Tiptoeing to war with Libya

posted by
February 23, 2011
The American Conservative
by Daniel McCarthy  
Posted in Commentary

"Aside from making Western interventionists feel better about themselves, the only use the symbolic measures proposed by Lynch have is to set a pretext for large-scale military invention, which Lynch insists he does not want. ('I don’t call for a direct military intervention.') Imposing no-fly zone is not symbolic, of course: it’s 'direct military intervention' pure and simple, an act of war. If a single NATO jet goes down, pressure to invade North Africa will be nigh irresistible. Interventionists of all stripes are fully aware of this." (02/22/11)


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