By Ted Belman
In February Sarah Palin recommended that the US institute a no-fly zone over Libya. Now she is supported by the Arab League and the UN. Doesn’t mean she was right.
On February 24, JINSA recommended that the US Flatten the Libyan Air Force
Without the air force, Gaddafi loses a key tool against his people. By acting to protect the population, getting on the right side of the Libyan revolution and definitively punishing Gaddafi, the United States would demonstrate the limits of Western tolerance for reckless, maniacal, murdering dictators.
The Libyan Air Force is made up of some French F-1 fighters; some Sukhois (old ones) and some old MiGs. There are some helicopter gunships that need to be smashed. It would be 20 minutes work for the U.S. Air Force or, better yet, for a combined NATO force.
Remember that the US had to keep the no-fly zone over Iraq for 15 years at great yearly cost. Who wants that for Libya. Just flatten the air force. Simple.
Then it answers the question, “Is it our responsibility?”
Yes it is, because we (collectively NATO, but each NATO country in its own way) have been coddling this crazy man for the last eight years on the assumption that handing over his nuclear program in 2003 when he thought he was next on President Bush’s “hit list” meant he had miraculously reformed and joined the ranks of civilized rulers. We swept under the rug Gaddafi’s many crimes, especially his role in ordering the destruction of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie in 1988. The British, in the scummiest way imaginable, helped arrange for the release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the operative killer on “mercy grounds,” that also paved the way for lucrative contracts for British companies.
For the President to make a speech and consider an indictment in the International Criminal Court is itself criminal in the fact of the ongoing massacre of the Libyan people.
Gaddafi is a murderer and he has now set out against his own people using weapons that have no place against civilians. We have the simple ability to stop him and we could get it done in a day.
How right it was and is.
Effectively flattening the airforce will result in a no-fly zone.