U.S. and European forces have launched a military intervention to end Muammar Qaddafi’s brutal violence against the Libyan people; but why Libya? The US and the Europeans are looking out for there own national interest. President Obama told Americans that it was not in the U.S. national interest to let the Libyan people suffer a massacre at the hands of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi because the consequences would have reverberated across the Middle East and North Africa and “stained the conscience of the world.” Conscience of the world, when Gaza was being bombed in 2009 the Americans and Europeans watched as anger swept the world. This is not about conscience this is simple about Oil and national security.
The UN resolution authorized a no-fly zone to protect civilians. This is also what some Arab League members agreed to. The current operations are going past their main objective. “US and NATO warplanes turned their firepower Wednesday against ground forces loyal to the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. The change in tactics is a further demonstration that the war in Libya is driven not by humanitarian concerns, but rather the imperialist aims of dominating the country and seizing its oil wealth.” On the mind of many Western leaders is when to arm the rebels. This amounts to picking sides in what is essentially a Libyan civil war. It is a mistake for the western world to pick sides in an internal conflict like this. If Libya collapses into tribal warfare, the West will be blamed.
With that said now it seems the US and Al-Qaeda have something in common.