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European Tribune - LQD: USA and European Left - fond of "humanitarian" interventionism

Now are we going to clarify where ET is standing on this issue?

OK we are not harmonious bunch on this one but I would like to know where "editors" are exactly standing?

ET is a discussion forum and doesn't settle a line or a policy. The editors are not here to represent an "official" point of view either - and may differ among themselves (and often do).

Personally, I'm wary of military "humanitarian intervention". It can be manipulated, and even if "honest" generally produces unintended perverse consequences. As to Libya, I don't accept the line that Gaddafi was a benevolent dictator, but it didn't escape me that the country is oil-rich, a fact that might interest France, the UK, and Italy most of all. I don't share the gleeful sense of victory expressed by that idiot Bernard-Henri Lévy, and I don't know what violence and difficulties lie ahead for Libyans, but there doesn't seem to be a clear path for them.

As for Juan Cole, <shrug>. (Counterpunch, <double shrug>).

Personal opinion.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Sep 2nd, 2011 at 05:43:24 AM EST

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