Is Nato Doing Enough in Libya?
Video of Libyans and NATO members stating that more needs to be done…
Do you think NATO is doing enough to support the rebels as they encounter Gaddafi loyalists?
Remember that NATO is obliged to protect civilians in accordance with UN resolution. They are not there to defeat Gaddafi’s forces because it does not seem viable economically, politically or militarily.
Economically, we are in a crisis of our own, since all NATO members seem to be more worried about domestic issues at this moment in time. Frankly, this is something we all welcome because tax payers simply do not have any resources to support other nations, regardless of how much we would love to support and protect civilians in regions of internal conflict.
Politically, NATO cannot be seen to be take the lead in a conflict of this nature. We are always seen as “outsiders”, therefore we cannot allow our political involvement be misconceived: the fact of the matter is we only wish to protect civilians from their violent Government, we are not trying to take control in anyway – taking the lead in politics engenders misconceptions NATO just cannot afford. Some people just won’t understand, they will see us as oppressors and it’s easy to point fingers at Westerners in Africa as opposed to one another. We do NOT want to become the common enemy for the factions in Libya. Where we can, we have called for patience and tolerance from Libyans in conflict. We have also asked Gaddafi to leave in order to protect civilians. I’m not sure what more we can do without actually damaging our countries reputation.
Militarily, we have an obligation to ensure that civilians are protected, but in order to do that, missions and any weapons being fired have to be precise – after all, killing civilians is the total opposite of what we want.
So while there have been calls for more involvement, I personally see nothing good come out of this.