Agreed. If the uprising isn't popular enough to be accomplished en mass by the people (it would have to be after his forces have been neutralized...) then we end up training a political faction and putting that into power. While the happenings of this are distinctly different from Afghanistan in many ways, the general concept is similar enough to make me feel uneasy... But I am an advocate of international action in a situation like this... If only Darfur or Burma had this value to the "west."
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Freedom that isn't earned is freedom easily lost. From what I understand, this was a popular uprising, but getting shot at becomes unpopular real quick, especially when you don't have any guns to shoot back with. I sympathize with the rebels and sincerely hope they can get it together and can beat Gadaffi and his hired thugs. That being said, rushing into a city with no plan and no tactics isn't going to win you a war. Yes it may be emotionally appeasing at the time, but it's going to suck when your squad gets wiped out because you didn't think before you acted. Without boots on the ground, this is going to be a huge back and forth for a long time, and the rebels have a real chance of losing if they keep things up the way they are now. They need to organize in a city they control, recruit, train, and then go on the offensive. Without planning and training, they are going to lose to the better trained and equipped Gadaffi loyalists. Then again, there is always the insurgency method.
I heard on the news that a lot of the Al Qaeda fighters in Iraq came from Eastern Libya. I just think that this whole mess is a bunch of these guys suck, well they're not that bad, well now they suck, well we reconsidered and they are not so bad, wait we were wrong they really do suck, wait again they are ok now. I just find the whole back and forth thing on our policy in the region disconcerting.