Will US policy in Libya spread elsewhere? A look at Libya, Arab revolt and US interests…
The popular revolt in Libya began in Tunisia, gained force in Egypt, and is continuing its spread across much of the Arab world.
Libya is different mostly in that we are supporting the rebellion militarily, which has raised other questions.
The Arab revolt appears to be re-writing the political power grid in the Middle East and yet some continue to argue that none of this is in our national interest. Why then has Egypt been one of the top recipients of U.S. foreign aid?
Those who contend the Arab revolt has nothing to do with our national interests appear to have their heads in the desert sand. Geopolitically speaking.
But as a humanitarian issue, if this popular revolt continues to spread and grow, as some think it will, one question we need to ask is if we would intervene again.
Would we take action in another Arab country if there is a similar risk of large-scale, violent government retaliation? Is there a moral obligation, a precedent being set here, that will shift the discussion beyond the ever-debated political calculus focused simply on whether or not it is in our interest?
That’s what I wondered after hearing the question being asked by NPR’s Jackie Northam in a report, Will U.S. policy in Libya spread to other nations? Continue reading