The Libyan people deserve support in overthrowing their tyrant and protection against his threats of retaliation and further repression, absolutely. But why do the people of Bahrain, Syria and Yemen apparently deserve less from the governments of the West? Is it just that their despots are perceived to wear a slightly less alarming face? Will the intervention in Libya do all that humanitarians wish for it to do? How full hearted is the West’s support for this unprecedented ‘Arab Spring’?
Some attempts to answer these and more questions:
Abdel al-Bari Atwan in The Guardian:
Welcome though it seems on humanitarian grounds, there are six serious problems with this UN resolution
The durability of the international coalition behind the Libyan intervention will be tested in the crucible of conflict
A tragedy has been taking place in Libya, whose people deserve help, but that doesn’t mean not thinking through consequences.
Please treat this as a new open thread on the conflicts.