Wednesday, March 30, 2011
There have been conflicting reports on the success of the rebels to fight Gadhafi in Libya. The No-Fly zone seems to be only the beginning to what is needed to over-through the dictator by the rebels that the United States are siding with. It is true that the interjection of the NATO forces did seem to halt the Gadhafi regime from crushing the rebellion in Libya, but the question now is whether the rebels have what it takes to actually over-through Gadhafi, who retains overwhelming military superiority over the Benghazi-based Interim National Council. It seems that unless new measures are taken to help the rebels defeat Gadhafi, he will again renew his attacks on his opposition. How long can the international community within NATO continue to enforce the no-fly zone? Unless more interjection to help the rebels has begun, Gadhafi will continue to enjoy his overwhelming military superiority over the militants.
This military unbalance was addressed in a prior war in Bosnia, by establishing a Bosnian Federation army that was implemented by an inter-agency group based in the U.S. State Department. I can be a costly program, but it may be the only way to further balance the playing field on the ground against Gadhafi.
The longer the fighting continues, the more support for such a program may exist. President Obama has openly stated in his Libyan speech that he will not go directly after Gadhafi with ground forces, that would put American troops in danger, which had to be a relief to Gadhafi. Without the U.S. forces hunting him down, the better chance he has to concentrate on defeating the militants on the ground. So the NATO coalition must come up with another method to push him from power, which seems the only way to disengage the fighting and unrest in the country.