Despite the recent killing of Amb. Stevens and unrest in Libya, President Obama defended intervention in Libya in his UNGA speech Tuesday. Phyllis Bennis participated in this discussion on the Huffington Post’s new live channel.
“The success of Libya’s uprising will have a great deal to do with the willingness of its leadership to break its dependency on the United States and NATO,” said Bennis in an article on Alternet. She asks, “whether events so far are ultimately a victory for the Libyan people, or for NATO. Given recent models of U.S. and NATO involvement in overthrowing dictatorships, we don’t have a lot of examples of how it can be both.”
The complications of the Libyan Summer, and the consequences of the militarization of its struggle, leave unanswered the question of whether events so far are ultimately a victory for the Libyan people, or for NATO.
Major national organizations call for ceasefire in Libya, de-funding of U.S. military and intelligence operations. They call for an internationally-led ceasefire and negotiations between the warring parties, generous humanitarian assistance, and a strict arms embargo.