UNSC Resolution 1973, Too Little or Too Late?
The United Nations was a good idea, bring together countries and try to resolve complex problems in a peaceful fashion, through consensus and debate.
The reality even after it was created was so different and whilst the recent UN Security Council resolution 1973 is very sturdy, in UN terms and authorises a no-fly zone over Libya and “all necessary measures” there is an incredible disparity between now and two months ago.
Some two months ago Libya, under Colonel Gadaffi, held the chair to the UN’s highest human rights body, was a well-regarded participant in the UN and received weapons from various Western and other countries.
Libya, under Gadaffi, even funded a human rights prize, which would appear laughable if it wasn’t for the murderous way he and his son have conducted themselves in the last few weeks.
Gadaffi jr. doled out money left, right and centre and in the process gained a degree of respectability and the compliance of Western academics, most noticeably the LSE.
So the leaders of the UN and associated countries show what a pile of sanctimonious frauds they really are, two months back patting Gaddafi on the back, welcoming his money and his oil, and what now?
Still, if the UN resolution enables the rebels to overthrow Gaddafi and bring about some peaceful, well-deserved change to Libya then it is to be welcomed.
Gaddafi, like the host of other dictators, potentates and monarch’s across the Middle East should be overthrown.
Their downfall cannot come quickly enough for me, but this whole episode has illustrated how powerful countries, Russia and China, can block any necessary action until it is almost too late.
I hope that it isn’t too late and that Gaddafi can be stopped, but when and if that happens we shouldn’t forget how compliant other nations, other rulers were to him when he was in power.
Update 1: Nor should we forget what’s happening in Bahrain either, protesters shot, arrested, a foreign country (Saudi Arabia) intervenes.
Update 2: In a slightly surreal twist Bahrain’s King might be going to the British Royal wedding in April 2011, might.
Update 3: If you ever feel like watching UN TV, which details the votes, etc this is the link.
Update 4: The WSJ on U.N. Clears Way for Attack on Libya.
Update 6: Hussein Ibish on What really took so long on the Libya resolution and what are the costs of delaying the inevitable?
Update 7: Left Foot Forward on UN authorises “all necessary measures” to protect Libyans from Gaddafi.
Update 8: Libyan rebels celebrate UN no-fly zone resolution at the Beeb.