Getting Rid Of Gadaffi - How To Help The Libyan People
Heavy gun fire has been heard raking the streets of Tripoli, as Libyan dictator Colonel Gadaffi makes a defiant stand. There can be no doubt now that he will stop at absolutely nothing to hang on to power. What, if anything, should the international community be doing to help?
Mark Seddon is the former United Nations Correspondent and New York Bureau Chief for Al-Jazeera English TV. He reported from eighteen countries during that time, including North Korea, China, Haiti, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He has interviewed, amongst others, Ban Ki-Moon, Lech Walesa, Tony Blair, Hans Blix, Michael Foot, Mia Farrow, and George Clooney. In a journalistic career spanning over twenty years, he has been Editor of Tribune and an elected member of the UK Labour Party's National Executive Committee. He has written for most British newspapers and many magazines, including The Guardian, The Independent, The Daily Mail, The Times, The Spectator, New Statesman, Private Eye, British Journalism Review and Country Life Magazine. For a number of years he was a Diarist at the London Evening Standard, and has also reported for, amongst others, the BBC and Sky TV. He lives in Buckingham, England.
HEAVY gun fire has been heard raking the streets of Tripoli, as Libyan dictator Colonel Gadaffi makes a defiant stand. There can be no doubt now that he will stop at absolutely nothing to hang on to power, along with his family entourage who until recently were assiduously courted by the British and Italian establishments.
Here is a list of international organisations who have thus far failed to do anything concrete to halt the butchery (it is by no means complete): the Arab League, the African Union, the European Union, NATO, and last but by no means least, the United Nations, despite the valiant attempts of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. Russia and China also remain silent, complicit therefore in the murderous carnage being carried out by a leader who is likely clinically mad but who knows that no one from outside will move against him. The United States, which of course has tried to remove Gadaffi in the past, reserves judgement, but post-Iraq is very well aware how finely balanced the arguments are for intervention. The British, who have done so much to placate the Gadaffi clan in recent years couldn’t even manage to get a charter plane to leave on time to pick up stranded Britons.
The idea that at this stage Gadaffi will be swayed by international condemnation is moonshine. He is in too deep to respond to threats to seize his bank accounts or re-impose sanctions. But Gadaffi cannot act without sections of the regime and military remaining loyal. So the time surely has come for our pusillanimous international institutions to do the following: 1) Institute an immediate no fly zone; 2) offer sanctuary to defecting Libyan pilots and naval staff; 3) freeze all Libyan assets; and 4) make it abundantly clear that those military that have taken part or ordered attacks on civilians will be held to account under the jurisdiction of international law—that they can run, but they cannot hide. To take it one step further and attempt to organise a snatch squad to lift Gadaffi, and/or his family out of Libya and into custody, would be hugely risky, but might work. It may also be time to throw caution to the wind, because apart from Daniel Ortega and Kim Jong Il, the mad Gadaffi hasn’t any friends left.
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