So it looks like Libya will fall into civil war and the west led by us are trying to decide what they should do.
Well what should we do?
When the USA & the UK were thinking about Iraq, I said that they should stay out, they had the chance to remove Saddam when he invaded Kuwait and the Iraq’s rose up. We left them to Saddam then and they were never going to be happy about us coming back later when it suited us.
So when it comes to today’s troubles what should we do?
Well first we should have a clear foreign policy which should always be held to. At the moment and for some years we just seem to have responded in a ad-hoc way to things as they happen and the rest of the time its business as normal with most rulers.
I think that we should set standards that we will run our policy by. Thoee policies should be based on our own way of doing things. Respect for law, respect for minorities, respect for woman, respect for other nations, equal opportunity for all in that country, free and fair elections, and respect for all faiths.
If we held to these all the time we would have more respect internationally, we should not trade with or arm any nation that does not sign up to and implement these standards. we should give up our nuclear weapons as a way of showing developing countries that you do not need them to gain respect. We should combine the French and UK UN seats into a European one so showing again that we are part of a larger group who can work together despite differences. Then maybe in time we can set up a EU military with standardised equipment and a policy set by the European parliament and not the council of ministers. It should have a mandate to protect all EU citizens and only to intervene outside the EU borders when asked to do so by the UN.
So what should we do now about Libya? Not much really, if we intervene our military are hardly able to do much overstretched as they are. We found it hard to even get people out of the country. If it does come to civil war we should try to insure that no one is supplying Gaddafi with any arms or supplies. We should work with other neighbouring countries to bring aid to those in need and give them any help they need to help resolve this situation. In the end people must work out there own futures neither hindered by us or having a system imposed by us. It is our Christian duty to help our neighbour in need but making a fight worse is not the way to do it. We need to supply medical aid to those who are being killed by there own government as well as food and shelter to those made homeless.
These situations are always difficult, but how would we feel if every time we had a falling out here in our country other nations all rushed to intervene. If the rabid anti foreigner attitude of some people is taken into account not well. Intervention always ends up looking like a foreign power trying to take over and this has never worked.