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Our View on Libya

At NETWORK, we have puzzled over an appropriate response to the U.S.-led attack on Libyan armed forces. On the one hand ,we know that violence only begets violence and does not solve problems. On the other hand, we know that standing by when people are slaughtered is wrong. We share both views, but feel very uncomfortable with creating a third war in a region where we neither know the culture nor the political factions.

As we discussed this military action a few factors came to light:

  • One is that it appears that the European NATO Allies (especially Italy, France and Great Britain) were the ones pushing for it, but only the United States had the military capability to carry it out. U.S. allies said that their national interests were at stake. Italy is experiencing a large influx of refugees, and all of Europe is dependant to some extent on Libyan oil. The United States was urged to be a part of this military action because of NATO. Baldly, the European countries were saying the equivalent of “we joined you in Afghanistan when your interests were at stake; you need to join us now.”
  • Additionally, we wondered if the U.S. involvement in milita