The Libya Problem | To Remove a Dictator or Not

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America and its allies have waded into another problematic military action in Libya.  We have intervened in a sovereign nation’s affairs in order to prevent a slaughter of innocent unarmed civilians. On the surface that sounds like a laudable goal, but in reality, it is fraught with questions such as; how long will we stay to maintain that peace? Or should we remove Qaddafi from power and let the Libya’s sort out their political future?

Senator Marco Rubio
Senator Marco Rubio - Florida Republican

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, a Republican, sent a letter to Senate leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell urging that the Senate pass a resolution to authorize President Obama to remove Qaddafi from his leadership position. He writes:

“removing Muammar Qaddafi from power is in our national interest and therefore (the resolution) should authorize the President to accomplish this goal”

 

Removal of a brutal power obsessed dictator such as Qaddafi is no easy task. Such monsters will not just walk away from power. Qaddafi has already declared that he will not go quietly into the night like Hosni Mubarak of Egypt. In fact the night before Libya erupted into violence Qaddafi’s son declared they would kill the rebels, turning them into “rivers of blood.” Qaddafi has vowed to fight for his power until his death, which would be the only way the U.S. could remove him from power.

 

Removal of dictators by killing them is not easy. It may take thousands of troops or a very difficult special operation with trained assassins, which are not as common in real life as they are in Hollywood films. Senator Carl Levin Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee does not think it should be the U.S goal to remove Qaddafi, but the goal of the Libyan people. A nation should always be allowed to make its own political decisions.

 

In response to past controversial C.I.A. assassination plots against heads of state, President Gerald Ford issued an executive order that bans officially sanctioned assassinations. The ban does not apply to killing enemies in war, so it may not apply if the U.S. Congress declares war against Libya.

 

Killing the leaders of other countries because they do not hold American standards of government is a heady business. It will open up the question of whether we need to kill any brutal dictator that dares kill his own people.

 

“our nation is not like other countries. The United States is an exceptional country with exceptional powers… The world is a better place when America is willing to lead”  –  Senator Marcos Rubion

 

Senator Rubio may believe that the U.S. is a special nation, and that we have a responsibility to lead the world by opposing and removing dictators such as Qaddafi, but advocating such actions will only lead to more and more wars for America as we will then be headlong down the slippery slide of determining who should lead various countries around the world, becoming our own form of bullying dictating world power, using our military to kill any regime that we deem unfit for leadership.

Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee

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