Despite its official UN-granted legality, the credibility of Western military action in Libya is rapidly dwindling.
Western air and naval strikes against Libya are threatening the Arab Spring.
Ironically, one of the reasons many people supported the call for a no-fly zone was the fear that if Gaddafi managed to crush the Libyan people''s uprising and remain in power, it would send a devastating message to other Arab dictators: Use enough military force and you will keep your job.
Instead, it turns out that just the opposite may be the result: It was after the UN passed its no-fly zone and use-of-force resolution, and just as US, British, French and other warplanes and warships launched their attacks against Libya, that other Arab regimes escalated their crack-down on their own democratic movements.
In Yemen, 52 unarmed protesters were killed and more than 200 wounded on Friday by forces of the US-backed and US-armed government of Ali Abdullah Saleh. It was the bloodiest day of the month-long Yemeni uprising. President Obama "strongly condemned" the attacks and called on Saleh to "allow demonstrations to take place peacefully".
That's the opening to Phyllis Bennis' "Libya Intervention Threatens The Arab Spring" (IPS). At work on Tuesday (I was off Monday), I was the only one decrying Barack's actions. Yesterday, I was one of three. Today, there were six of us. Unless my office is special and has its own system, I'd argue that something similar is taking place across the country.
It needs to. Barack Obama needs to learn that we are not his servents, he serves us. And he needs to end this war.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"