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Military Intervention in Libya: A Bad Idea?

Washington Post pundit Anne Applebaum came out against possible American military intervention in Libya in an op-ed today. She argues that the legacy of the United State’s involvement in Iraq is a stain on Arab perceptions of American assistance. It’s so bad that Libyans, Egyptians and others don’t want our help. Applebaum believes American diplomats should determine what nascent democracy movements in the Middle East need and then use that knowledge to act accordingly. This op-ed might show some faulty reasoning as numerous Libyans have called upon the West to enforce a no-fly zone over their country and do more to speak out against Gaddafi’s rule. Envitably, some of these actions would require the kind of American military intervention Applebaum bristles at. What do you think?

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