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Here’s what’s happening now in Libya:
–Western forces bomb Libyan government forces on various pretexts.
–Give intelligence to rebels.
–Give military advisors to rebels.
–Give rebels arms indirectly.
Goal: Rebels win war with no direct Western intervention on the ground or Western casualties. Dictator Muammar Qadhafi falls; Western intervening states say: All we did was protect civilians and have a no-fly zone! We stuck to the UN resolution.
What happens afterward? Not clear anyone has thought that through.
In a few years critics will skewer this operation as deceptive. One hopes they won’t also be ridiculing a catastrophic outcome.