Sunday, April 10, 2011

In Libya, as elsewhere, "there is no war without smudging"

Since the beginning of its military intervention in Libya, accused NATO of several blunders that would have killed twenty civilians and rebels. Yves Boyer, deputy director of the Foundation for Strategic Research, said that "these blunders should not forget the crucial role of the international coalition." The concept of flash is extremely negative, but we must not forget that these are consequences that are not wanted by NATO deliberately.

Collateral damage, that has always existed. There is no war without smudging. Thinking that it could jeopardize the credibility of NATO in Libya is therefore underestimate the reality of military action in a complex environment. This assumes the part of the coalition to have more teams on the ground, especially in the form of special forces.

This would enable better identification of the land, and increased accuracy. There is what the UN authorizes and there is the reality on the ground. The UN resolution 1973 does not authorize a ground intervention. But do not be naive, there are already teams in place, including Egypt. Nobody is fooled in the matter, including special forces involved in all that relates to the dimension of intelligence.

Now, whether NATO will decide to increase their number, it's purely military strategy. Imagine that tomorrow, the coalition withdraws, Colonel Gaddafi has won. If there are indeed voices to decry these flaws, we must not forget that this is often the political maneuver. These pressures, often contrary elsewhere: on the one hand, it is to discredit the coalition, and the other is to demand more intervention, directly on the ground.

Burrs will multiply if the military intervention lasts. Media time, this is not the time diplomatic or military. Speaking of sinking after twenty-two days of fighting, it is a misnomer. If within three months the situation was not released, then one could speak of stagnation. People tend to compare events with the Libyan revolution that has occurred in the Arab world since the beginning of the year.

But the country's political situation is very different. Do not forget that the geography of the country is very special. Already in 1941 and 1942, German troops advanced and retreated over hundreds of kilometers. In Libya, you can buttress on the cities, which are very distant from each other.

Charlotte Chabas

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