Libya: If The Rebels Win Who Will They Kill?
Once empowered, the insurgents will naturally want to go all the way and topple Qadhafi. I totally support them in that endeavor. But we don’t know much about them, or how they might behave towards non-combatants that back the Qadhafi regime. I’m sure any violence against civilians by insurgents will be ignored by the intervention force in the fog of war, but this is possible only to a certain extent before it becomes embarrassing, particularly as UNSC Resolution 1973 gives a mandate to protect civilians from everybody, not just the Qadhafi regime. Sometimes the good guys can be bad guys, as we saw in Darfur (both in terms of the stalled peace process and in terms of the actions of certain Darfuri groups).
Let’s bomb everybody!
Photo: An armed RAF Tornado GR4 takes off from RAF Marham, in Norfolk.