Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Now are we going to clarify where ET is standing on this issue?

Formulating an "editorial line" has not traditionally been ET policy.

For myself, and keeping in mind that I hold no official position in the European Tribune organisation, I was in favour of knocking Qaddafi's air force out of the sky, because it presented an easy, relatively clean target (anything in the air that isn't a commercial jet or squawking your IFF goes on the ground - in one or more pieces, their choice). Of course, it should be pointed out at this juncture that an even more effective way of grounding Qaddafi's air force would have been to not sell him the planes in the first place.

I was opposed to escalating European involvement by offering the partisans tactical air support, for the same reason I was opposed to sending in ground troops or supplying the partisans with weapons: In order to know who to take orders from, you need to know who the different rebel factions are, who you like and who you don't like. We did not, and to a large extent still don't.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Fri Sep 2nd, 2011 at 05:11:41 AM EST

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