Military Intervention in Libya

Today David Cameron stated that ‘we have to plan for every eventuality’ in the growing debate over whether Western countries should become involved in the violent clashes currently taking place in Libya. It is true that the demonstrators whom are justified in their cause need our help and support; so far in their heroic revolution they have been met in their demonstrations with brutal oppression at the hands Colonel Gaddafi. The scenes we have witnessed on our TV screens and in our newspapers of the Libyan people being violently oppressed has been utterly shocking as it has been done at the will of Gaddafi: how can a leader wish for such violence to take place? Although our support would be completely justifiable in aiding the people it has to be asked whether the West should get involved in this fight. Could it be perceived as the West sticking their nose in?

The main possible intervention being drawn up in Britain is the introduction of a no-fly zone over Libya in an attempt to isolate and topple Gaddafi. If this plan were to become a reality it would be carried out by fighter planes, most likely US one, flying over Libya in a continuous flight plan. A no-fly zone has be voiced due to the fact there have been numerous accounts of Libyan fighter planes being used by the army on the demonstrators, clearly controlling the skies would prevent the army from attacking it’s own people with military aircraft. This would of course be a great thing because it is so wrong for a government to use such immense force against their own people to the extent were fighter planes are being used to suppress the people. This plan could be a positive step in aiding the people of Libya to remove Gaddafi from power however there are some issues that have to be raised.

It was only recently that David Cameron was visiting the Middle East with a group of arm dealers and military based business leaders. This was a sure fire attempt to sell arms in an unstable area of the world. It goes against all decency to be selling arms at a time when some Middle Eastern leaders are using weapons against their own people; Caroline Lucas MP of the Green Party quite rightly described this parade of arm dealers as ‘morally obscene’. The apparent optimism of making arms trades at a time like this completely unjustifiable. A point also has to be made on the fact that before andduring this Coalition Government the UK has sold millions of pounds worth of arms to Libya, described as ‘crowd control’ equipment. Although some will defend this by saying they were sold with restrictions on their use it is reasonable to see that the arms we have been selling are now being used against the Libyan people in the fight for justice and democracy.

The wider point that has to be discussed is whether or not the West should become involved in the fight in Libya and the Middle East as a whole. For a long time the West, spear headed by the US, have had a great deal of influence in this area of the world mainly for the selling and control of oil. This has come at a cost for the people in these areas as they have had to suffer under authoritarian regimes. If the West becomes involved in these uprisings which are being carried out to break their current oppression it could come across as us trying to stick our noses in to maintain our influence.

Despite this we do need to give our support to the Libyan and Middle Eastern people; in previous blogs it has already been described how here in Britain our demoncracy has come about through collective struggles too and therefore because of this we should support their uprisings. It is necessary for us to show solidarity with all the people around the world who seek democracy as we have done too. The recent scenes of popular uprisings in the Middle East have been totally inspiring, nothing looks as great as watching people out on the streets demanding justifiable change and reform in their countries.

Gaddafi appears to be defiant in maintaining power and this is of course demonstrated in the horrendous brutality carried out on the people of Libya. When Gaddafi has been toppled it is fair to believe that democracy will follow. Currently the demonstrators have control of the East of the country and today the rebel groups are making ground on reaching the capital Tripoli. In order to prevent any more of the violence we have witnessed it is key for Gaddafi to be toppled now, however it is a delicate line to cross if military intervention is to be carried out as we do not want to cause further tension in the area. We can hope that Gaddafi will stand down but with him saying in a BBC interview that the Libyan people ‘love me’ this hope is eroded ever so greatly.



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