It's Their War, Not Ours Reply

Pat Buchanan rebukes the latest fancy of the imperialists: intervention in Libya.

Assume we attack Gadhafi’s air defenses, and in the collateral damage are a dozen children—like those kids collecting sticks on that hillside in Afghanistan—and Al-Jazeera spreads footage of their dismembered bodies across the Middle East, as commentators rail, “The Americans are killing Muslims again, this time for Libya’s oil.” The pro-democracy demonstrations across the Middle East would instantly become anti-American riots.

If we destroy Gadhafi’s air defenses, could we simply let the rebels and regime fight it out? If Libyans, seeing us intervene, rose up against Gadhafi, could we let them be massacred as Bush I let the tens of thousands of Shiites be massacred who rose up in 1991 against Saddam after Bush urged them to do so?

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