Libya CaseLibya Case Part Two
In part one I defined the problem statement as; “What are we going to do about the situation in Libya that is in the best interest of the citizens of the United States?” To rephrase this problem to help identify the causes consider this. The world looks to the United Nations and the United States as protectors of global peace. All eyes are upon us. The world expects us to react. The Middle East is in a heightened state of turmoil, people are rebelling against their oppressive governments and unlike other uprisings, the Libyan dictator has chosen to ignore the people’s concerns and squash the rebellion using violence and mass destruction of his people. Zainab Elghul a 17-year-old youth of Libyan descent living in Canada states “There is no excuse for us to not act. Later when it is over, and large numbers of people have died, we will not have anything to say and we will not be able to defend ourselves and make excuses for not acting; we will be just as guilty as Gaddafi and his regime because we just sat and watched!” (Elghul, 2011, para. 9).
In keeping with the history of international humanitarianism, using Bosnia, Kosovo, or Rwanda as examples, the United Nations determined that action is necessary and the United Nations along with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) have a responsibility to the world to do whatever it takes to minimize the bloodshed. The United Nations called for a no-fly zone to help protect the people of Libya from its own government and that protecting them from Gaddafi is in the best interest of the world. As part of the United Nations and NATO the United States is not obligated to support the international leadership organization but the leaders expect our support.
In identifying the cause of this problem, one must not forget about the impact oil plays in the decision on what action to take. Because of the instability in the Middle East, oil is on the rise and...