The European Tribune is a forum for thoughtful dialogue of European and international issues. You are invited to post comments and your own articles.
Please REGISTER to post.
He's worried that we're committing to something without really committing to it fully, and that the consequence could be to make it needlessly bloody or even a failure.
I think it's a little pessimistic, but his concerns aren't lost on me.
Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
On Libya, he basically wanted Europe to do the invading and the regime change. He argued that basically that was what the UN was sanctioning. My point is that under international law, the UN can sanction no such thing. Protect civilians, yes. Prevent human rights abuses, yes. Ultimately attack Gaddafi forces if they violate the ceasefire, yes. Overt invasion for the purposes of regime change crosses the line.
Europe isn't here to follow neocon framing and act as the USA has done in Afghanistan or Iraq. Boo is now arguing that gross human right's violations are not the USA'a problem. He's wrong on that score as well. It is the responsibility for all UN members, and particularly Security Council members, to act. But the solution isn't the invade first and ask questions afterwards.
It used to be US conservatives who were the isolationists. Now it is US progressives - disillusioned by Iraq and Afghanistan - who take that stance. What we actually need is a more sophisticated model of graduated intervention, not the all or nothing approach Boo seems to be advocating.
Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger - Feb 2 1 comment
by Frank Schnittger - Jan 26 3 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Jan 31 3 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Jan 22 3 comments
by Cat - Jan 25 61 comments
by Oui - Jan 9 21 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Jan 13 28 comments
by gmoke - Jan 20
by Oui - Feb 310 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Feb 21 comment
by Oui - Feb 235 comments
by Oui - Feb 14 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Jan 313 comments
by gmoke - Jan 29
by Oui - Jan 2731 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Jan 263 comments
by Cat - Jan 2561 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Jan 223 comments
by Oui - Jan 2110 comments
by Oui - Jan 21
by Oui - Jan 20
by gmoke - Jan 20
by Oui - Jan 1841 comments
by Oui - Jan 1591 comments
by Oui - Jan 145 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Jan 1328 comments
by Oui - Jan 1221 comments
by Oui - Jan 1120 comments