Would Arming Libyan Insurgents Be A Humanitarian Intervention?
This news - Libyan Rebels Retreat Further, will heighten the focus on this issue - Washington In Fierce Debate On Arming Libyan Rebels:
The Obama administration is engaged in a fierce debate over whether to supply weapons to the rebels in Libya, senior officials said on Tuesday, with some fearful that providing arms would deepen American involvement in a civil war and that some fighters may have links to Al Qaeda.
President Obama said the other night that the objective of intervention in Libya is not regime change. He said the US had important interests in Libya, but regime change was not necessary to protect those interests, although regime change would be a preferred outcome. He also said the intervention was "humanitarian" in nature. So here's my question - is providing arms in a civil war "humanitarian?"
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