The no-fly zone is denying the Libyan people their right to self determination. That may seem like the oddest statement, but watching the grass roots, home cooked and home grown revolutions over the past weeks and months, it has become obvious that now is the time for the Arab Spring.
Throughout the Mid East people have shown extraordinary courage and determination to be part of a movement that has exploded spontaneously (in some cases) and after years of suppressed opposition and bloody tyranny. This is a moment. This is their moment.
It’s surprising then that so many who decried the Iraqi war and other Western interventions have supported the Libyan no-fly zone. It is, they say, unconscionable to watch Libyans being slaughtered. The no fly zone will not — has not — prevented further bloodshed. It also cannot fight the fight that leads to democracy and emancipation for Libyans.
Democracy rarely — if ever — comes without a bloody fight. Freedom fighters understand that — embrace that — and launch determined battles knowing that death is a constant threat.
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