No news has been invading the media as much as the Libyan revolution has, and that is saying a lot since there is chaos in quite a few countries and the natural disasters in Japan. What started out as a simple “demonstration against poor housing conditions” has turned into civil war. The commotion pits long-standing ruler Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and his loyalists against the opposition forces, who, up until the coalition forces’ intervention approval on 17 March, were solely Libyans. The intervention came at severe disagreement between nations and people within each nation. France was the first to recognize the “Transitional National Council,” the opposition, as the “legitimate government of Libya.” What followed was a series of meetings and debates, escalating to a NATO-forced no-fly zone and, later, a no-drive zone. As the clashes continue as this paper is being written, it is important to understand both sides of the argument: those for the intervention and those opposing it. From the UN’s ‘duty’ to protect and the growing view of oil interest, much has yet to be learned of the Libya question.
Firstly, and probably most importantly, there is the whole dilemma of the West’s ‘right,’ ‘duty,’ ‘responsibility’ – or whatever it is called these days – to protect the innocent civilians of any given country. That is, after all, the purpose of the United Nations. However, with so many failures throughout history, and so many disasters permitted – to be mentioned and discussed throughout the paper – one might wonder where exactly lie the priorities of the West, the protectors of democracy. In a much divided matter – speaking of the intervention in Libya – those who use the aforementioned ‘protection’ excuse attempt to label the Liby...
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