More Intervention?

Libya has been in a constant state of instability ever since the famous dictator Muammar Gudaffi fell from power during the Arab Springs Revolution. The country has then been plunged in a state of civil war since then. Among the many tribes formed in Libya and many of them have been fighting each other and have been trying to influence the politics. For quite a few years, the United Nations have led talk about trying to create a unitary government but because there is so many conflicts, their efforts is to no avail. Maybe it would be time for a more aggressive approach? Maybe an intervention is in order.

If the UN were to intervene in Libya that would definitely make a complicated situation. From past experience, it has been shown that Intervention is a complete success or a complete failure. The most recent Iraq war is a prime example. After the US intervened they left it with an unstable government and possibly worse than it was prior to US involvement. On the other hand, after World War II, Japan and West Germany were able to successfully learn from their interventions and become democratic powerhouses. So in the case of Libya, we must as ourselves: Is an intervention a good Idea? One might argue in favor because if the UN did put boots on the grounds they would be able to fight the different tribes and bring back some order and security and find the right people to lead the country. It would have to be different than the 2011 NATO intervention, because when Gaddafi was deposed, they told themselves that their mission was over and left Libya in a state of civil war. If the UN were to not intervene, they would have to continue doing mediation talks with the different tribes in order to attempt to unite.

So in this case, there is no right solution. On one hand, you have a solution that could result in the death of many and even destabilize the country even more. On the other hand mediation is not helping unite the country and people are still dying because of the divide that Libya is suffering from. “Libya has rapidly unraveled in much the way Iraq did following that invasion: swamped by militia rule, factional warfare, economic devastation, and complete lawlessness.” This is a very tricky situation indeed.


2 thoughts on “More Intervention?

  1. I think one of the issues with any sort of outside intervention is whether or not the country will be able to solve its problems by itself. The idea of civil war is not a new one, they have been happening for thousands of years with and without outside intervention. The cases where intervention worked it was a total occupation of the country. To this day the U.S. still has military bases in both Japan and Germany. The question then is would any country be willing to tie up the required amount of troops for the significant amount of time that it would take to create and maintain stability in Libya? The answer was no the first time the U.N. went in and no for the U.S. in Iraq. A shouldering of the burden in the long run is the best method towards preventing further civil war, nobody wants to be responsible though.


  2. The big difference between what the US does now and did in WW2 is that we held no punches. We completely and totally occupied both Germany and Japan, we still kinda do to this day (military bases). Because of that complete and always present US military and control, we were able to essentially reformat those two countries. In the middle east we do not do that. We go in, overthrow someone, linger for a few years, and leave the reigns of the shoddily set up government to people who have no interest in democracy or tolerance. Take Iraq for example: when we left the president kicked all sunnis out of the military and installed his own people, all shiites. This split the country in half and helped spread further violence. To properly address places like Iraq we need to either go full force or not at all.


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