Monday, July 18, 2011

UN can no more enforce a neutral no-fly zone than Capt. Kirk can comply with the Non-interference directive.

According to this post at CFR

Sanka freeze-dried version:

1. NATO is enforcing a no fly zone under the auspices of UN Security Council Resolutions 1970 and 1973. These allow humanitarian flights into the neutral zone, nothing more.

2. NATO is wink-wink-nudg-nudge, missing some weapons and aircraft deliveries that seem to be, on balance aiding the RedGreen Rebels.

3. SECDEF Panetta is not overly concerned about this.

Don't get me wrong, I have no particular problem with this. I'm aware of the risks involved with backing the Red-Green rebels, (there may be an Islamist element we'd rather not enable). But, this does illustrate the general silliness of efforts to mask interventions underneath the facade of neutrality. We intervened in the first place because it was CLEARLY the case that one side, a side with a track record (to say the least), was acting in a barbarous manner. So, there is really no reason to go in with this great air and pretense of neutrality. Just admit what you're doing, go in, and geterdone. After all, wasn't all that vacillatin' and playin' it right down the middle what got Cap'n Kirk in a heap o' trouble in this episode?

Life imitates Trek. Well, maybe.

Although, I do suspect that the Possom Lodge boys would be able to cobble together some mean improvised weaponry, enough to send Whaki Kadaffi packing, even without our covert or overt help.

Doctor McCoy would approve of that approach.

But, on the other hand, Whak-man does have his fearsome Amazonian warriors, right?

Exit question: Are there Mugatu in Libya?  And, no I ain't referring to Will Farrel.