Regions / Libya
How does the principle of "first do no harm" come up against the problem of ruthless leaders?
As with Saddam Hussein and his regime in Iraq, states may conclude that the fate of Qaddafi was sealed the day he gave up nuclear weapons.
Libyan rebel forces have been rounding up black Libyans and sub-Saharan African migrant workers, accusing them of serving as "mercenaries" for Gaddafi.
Giving up nuclear weapons paved the way for Libya's access to new technology, including surveillance programs.
After 42 years of Muammar el-Qaddafi, it is now long overdue for the Libyan people to determine their own destiny.
Humanitarian intervention in Libya and elsewhere has led to an intensification of human rights violations, the erosion of the UN's authority, and the expansion of the reach of great powers.
Rebel forces claim that they need not observe Ramadan.
Does the United States and NATO plan to turn Libya into a ground war, complete with occupation?
Iran may catch a break as the United States weighs invasions of both Libya and Syria instead.
They're at obvious odds with the ostensible purpose of the siege -- to benefit the Libyan people.