Good thing we have the Arab League behind us…

Posted: March 20, 2011 in middle east, war
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or not.

A coordinated attack by Western forces targeting Libyan air capabilities and armor appears to have succeeded in damaging Libyan military installations and armor, but Arab support for the no-fly zone may be waning.

Arab League head Amr Moussa told reporters Sunday that the Arab league thought the use of force was excessive following an overnight bombing campaign that Libya claims killed at least 48 people.

“What we want is civilians’ protection, not shelling more civilians,” he was quoted saying by the Associated Press.

And more:

The volte-face by the Arab League raises uncertainty about the unity of Western and Muslim leaders and highlights varying interpretations of tactics and strategy.

Only Qatar has openly supported the Western-led campaign and Sky sources confirm the United Arab Emirates is offering help but does not seek to publicise

To steal a meme from Glenn Reynolds: “They told me that if I voted for John McCain and Sarah Palin, Arab friends who formally supported our actions would turn away. And they were right!

Update: As Captain Ed says, that didn’t take long.

Update 2: That’s what stinks about taxes, when you are busy doing them you don’t notice an instalanche, thanks Glenn.

Update 3: Just an FYI there has yet to be a person voting in this poll (bottom of page) who thinks Gaddafi will be out of power by April 1st.

Comments
  1. Choey says:

    OK, maybe we should pull out before another 48 civilians are accidentally killed and then Ka-Daffy can intentionally kill…oh… maybe a couple hundred thousand.

  2. Mike says:

    I think we should have taken Gadhafi out no later than 1986, but even I have to admit that tanks don’t fly unless you blow them up. Next time, and there is always a next time, everybody will be clear that “no-fly zone” means “beat the hell out of any target we feel like”. But then, I’d like us to leave the UN anyway.

  3. PTL says:

    Remember, Arab armies are only good at killing innocent women and children, not people
    that shoot back. They want the West (US) to their dirty work. They succeed because of our Arabist State Department.

  4. BizzyBlog says:

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