The U.N. Goes to War
by Michael S. Rozeff
The civil war in Libya is now a new war: the Libyan War. This new war began when the West and/or the U.N. joined the war and escalated it. NATO may be coming aboard too.
The U.N., that supposed instrument of international peace and security, has escalated a civil war into an international war. If the principle it has invoked in doing so stands, which is a supposed humanitarian one, then we face perpetual war, for there are and will be hundreds of civil conflicts within nation-states that are no different than the one in Libya.
Since the nation-state is organized along territorial lines, any secession movement or any movement to disavow a standing government leads to civil disagreement, disputes, and conflicts.
I haven’t yet seen anyone who could forecast the course of a war in much detail. I know I cannot. It’s not impossible to say some general things accurately. It was probably reasonably clear that the Allies would beat Germany once the U.S. came into it in World War II, for example. The entry of the Chinese into the Korean War was not expected by MacArthur. Bush and his gang didn’t foresee the Iraq entanglement at all. Afghanistan is one large pit of improvisations, blunders and entanglements, not to mention civilian killings and casualties. It was easy to forecast an American “win” in Granada in 1983. The Vietnam War saw an incredible array of wrong forecasts and outright lies. Yes, there are always some insightful people who see what lies ahead, but it’s very hard to know at the time that their judgments are better than those of the people who are making the wrong forecasts.
With that as an introduction, here are some thoughts on Libya that are crossing my mind today for what they are worth.