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Our View: Libya tests our resolve and our resources

March 23, 2011|By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF

Moammar Gadhafi needs to go. He’s unhinged, in power and is murdering his own people. The international community has a moral obligation to intervene.

We’d be hard-pressed to make an argument to the contrary or find a valid opinion that says different. Madmen and despots have no place in this world.  

But why is it always the United States doing the dirty work that the rest of the Western — and parts of Eastern — world basically agrees needs to be done? Other nations are capable to be sure.

It’s difficult not to have these feelings and thoughts when many in the United States are still feeling exasperated from the toll of ongoing war in the Middle East. Last week marked eight years in Iraq and we’re fast approaching a decade in Afghanistan. No one wants to see us mired in Libya for a prolonged fight.

Our troops are stretched thin already, the war funding is suspect and costly, and, if anything else, it’s mentally taxing on a nation and a people.  

Just as troubling, our military action against Libya threatens to further divide a nation and government already thoroughly divided, if for any other reason, just to be further divided. We can already see it in the criticism of Obama from both the political right and left.

When all is said and done, no matter the ideology or from which end of the political spectrum we may be coming, history could very well show all of these military actions in the Mideast were the right thing to do, and the region might bear out to be more stable for it.

But it’s difficult to see that light at the end of the tunnel through clouds of shrapnel and a seemingly endless parade of troops shipping in and out and in and out, and what feels like in again.

THE ISSUE:

The U.S. enters a third stage of military action.

WE SAY:

It may be right, but it feels a bit wrong.

WHAT DO YOU SAY?

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