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Qadaffi is not the Threat-Only the Symbol of the Greater Threat

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Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Mar 23, 2011 at 12:17

In trying to develop a rationale for getting involved in yet another political fiasco in the making, the casual observer is place into the dilemma of deciding if this time, could the outcome be different? If we look at the Libyan strongman's rant-filled obstinance and compare it with, for example, Saddam Hussein, one cannot help but wonder that with Saddam Hussein as that very example, what really, is Qadaffi really thinking? Does he actually think in that mind of arrogant contempt for all but self that he can evoke a different outcome? But one would have to have the same mindset as the Libyan leader; and apparently no one has figured him out yet, not even in the coalition think tank.

So the only thing most political thinking can come up with is the Iraqi scenario-regime change. But if there is the residual thinking that democracy is going to be the resultant outcome (one might always hope-but the track record speaks for it self-democracies in the Middle East are problematic in a way the west does not appear to fully understand).

A quick look at some of the media footage from the war zone provides a certain evidence of something that few seem to be noticing; that the opposition ranks are not filled with people seeking democratic reform, but a reform of a different sort. Couple this with the circumstances in Yemen, Syria, Iran, and so many other places at this same time and, as another has observed, there has got to be some kind of synchronicity going on; and it is not purely coincidentally circumstantial.

In the broader picture, if one is to understand that all of the unrest throughout the entire Muslim realm of conscience is not for Islam to settle into some form of democratic modification of its former government of believers, then one must come to the conclusion something else is contemplated. Given that the American Administrative Executive went global and not to the American legislature for authority to deal with the one insurrection that evidently mattered more than the others, this may be seen as a stepping stone for future actions under this administration as America is once, yet again, compelled and pulled into the fray of political situations better left alone.

Solving Libya will not only be more difficult than Iraq, as time will eventually show; but it will be difficult not to allow this to pull America further in where America no longer needs to be. Conversely, a better ally that America really needs to be supporting is Israel: and we see how that is going after the current administration has put Israel off.

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