So there we have it, the resolution has been passed, however it is not just a no fly zone.
The Resolution states:
- Imposes “ban on all flights in Libyan airspace” except for aid planes
- Authorises member states to “take all necessary measures” to “protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack”
- Excludes occupation force
- Toughens arms embargo by calling on all member states to “inspect in their territory vessels and aircraft bound to or from Libya”
- Widens asset freeze to include Libyan Investment Authority, Central Bank of Libya and Libyan National Oil Company among others
So we will intervene, but not to just provide a no fly zone that has endlessly been trailed by David Cameron, France and the US, but a catch all resolution that is UN speak for pretty much any military action other than occupation.
My main concern is not necessarily with the resolution to intervene through the UN. It is the correct body to carry out any action through. If it saves peoples lives it will be a good thing. I have 3 major concerns.
Firstly – The resolution is too vague and wide and has few restrictions so that if the civil war continues for years we could be sucked in to a drawn out conflict.
Secondly – Hypocrisy – In short, we need a complete change on our foreign policy. If we take the moral high ground we must stop selling arms to countries that torture their own people. Why did we not intervene in Zimbabwe when the humanitarian case was far larger. We only seem to intervene when it is in our geo political and economic interest.
Thirdly – If we take action in Libya, we HAVE TO TAKE ACTION IN THE OTHER MIDDLE EASTERN COUNTRIES. We have to be consistent. If we take action in Libya we should pass another resolution straight away for sanctions, arms embargo’s and a no fly zone and action to protect civilians in Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
In Bahrain right now there is a massacre of civilians going on; the imprisonment of opposition political leaders; the torturing of protesters; the banning of free speech and freedom of assembly. It is a disgrace the way the US and UK have behaved in this conflict so far and I see no sign that this will change, largely due to our economic and energy interests.
Quite frankly, the hypocrisy is just beyond belief, and the people that in the end will bare the brunt of the strain will be men and women in the armed forces of the allies, who will put their lives on the line for a hypocritical government, in a conflict we neither understand fully or has anything to do with protecting queen and country.
It is all very sad.