Thursday, 17 March 2011

The Times publishes my letter on weakness of West over Libya

Published online here (£).

Gaddafi predicted that “the West only rarely has the stomach to act militarily to protect the vulnerable”

Sir,

What message does it send about the international community’s support for those Libyans fighting for an end to tyrannical misrule, when as their tormentor masses his troops before what will surely be an onslaught to snuff out the revolution, world leaders are still debating the legalities at the United Nations (report, Mar 16)? This would be like witnessing a rape and instead of intervening, telephoning a lawyer to check whether stepping in would be “legal”.

Gaddafi rightly predicted, as did countless illegitimate dictators in recent decades, that the West only rarely has the stomach to act militarily to protect the vulnerable.  Its default position is voluble outrage matched by inadequate or belated action, or indeed total inaction (as in Rwanda).

This is a shocking indictment of the weakness of all civilised countries and international institutions and will serve, yet again, to teach despots that they can literally get away with murder.

John Slinger
Rugby, Warks

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