Commentary Magazine


The Arab League Condemns the Help It Requested

The Arab League wanted our help. Until they got it.

The head of the Arab League has criticized international strikes on Libya, saying they caused civilian deaths.

The Arab League’s support for a no-fly zone last week helped overcome reluctance in the West for action in Libya. The U.N. authorized not only a no-fly zone but also “all necessary measures” to protect civilians.

Amr Moussa says the military operations have gone beyond what the Arab League backed.

Sure, and he’d like that with one and a half Splendas, hazelnut soy, cinnamon, no nutmeg, and a sprinkling of criticism toward Israel.  Which is why the U.S. should act on its own initiative. The no-fly zone and its attendant operations are worthwhile and morally sound all on their own. They didn’t become any more so because non-democratic governments gave them a temporary thumbs-up.