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    ...the same blueprint in Syria.

    For one reason.

    The Syrian opposition has asked the international community (and thus the US) to put diplomatic pressure on Assad but absolutely not to intervene militarily.

    In Libya, the opposition asked for a no-fly zone to protect civilians.  Despite all the back and forth about compliance to the letter of the UN resolution, that is exactly what the international community (and the US) have done.  Even the attack on Gaddafi's compound, going on right now, is aimed at protecting  Libyans from reprisals from a cornered Gaddafi.  Reprisals like the random shooting of civilians in Tripoli neighborhoods by Gaddafi snipers located on rooftops of taller buildings.

    Right-wing anti-globalists like Tony Cartolucci have become Gaddafi apologists because they don't like multilateral action in which the US adopts a less prominent role.  Left-wing anti-imperialists, especially those with ties to Hugo Chavez, have allied with Gaddafi because of the "socialist" solidarity against an "imperial America".

    Both ignore the broader human rights issues and rights of self-determination of peoples that are foundations of progressive international law.

    And folks like Richard Haas of the Council of Foreign Relations don't help things by advocating that the US bigfoot its presence in Libya after Gaddafi falls.

    The best policy is for the US to treat Libya like it does, say, Denmark.  Trade.  Respect. Non-intervention.

    As for Syria, it will be a big enough job to contain the conflict in Syria to Syria and keep it from destabilizing Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, and even Turkey.

    There will be no UN resolution on Syria because Russia and China are afraid that the same logic could be used to legitimize revolutions that would overthrow the oligarchic rule in those countries.  American conservatives don't want a whole lot of precedents of revolutions from within for the same reason.  That's why they are so eager to have US intervention muddy the waters.

    50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

    by TarheelDem on Tue Aug 23, 2011 at 06:33:14 AM PDT

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