American intervention in Libya

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American intervention in Libya
By Ali Younes — According to high level sources here in Washington, the U.S government is about to take a decision, or already made it, to intervene directly in the Libyan crises by having its warships dock at the Libyan eastern ports. This mean that U.S ground forces, Marines and support units will establish Forward Operating Bases (FOB) in coastal Libyan cities to coordinate with the Libyan “opposition” and establish a parallel  Libyan government in the event that the regime of Moammar Qaddafi did not fall or toppled in the coming days.

This action will require, however, an immediate UN coordination and a legal cover from the UN Security Council to place Libya under  stricter provisions of Chapter 7 of the UN charter that authorizes the use of force against a member state.

Moreover, If Libya is placed under clearer and stricter language of a future UNSC resolution; to follow up on the 1970 res. it means that Libya will be another Iraq all over again. Iraq, its worth noting is still under chapter 7 and still could not bargain itself out of it. According to the SOFA agreement between Iraq and the U.S, the Iraqi airspace is wholly owned by the U.S until further agreement between the U.S and the Iraqi government.

The UNSC resolutions 1970 that was passed last week, used the word “ Situation” to refer the crises in Libya to the International Criminal Court ( ICC)  and  omitted, under pressure from China and Russia the phrase “by all means necessary” which was drafted in the original resolution submitted by France and Britain.

“By all means necessary” is usually the diplomatic code word for the use of force. The use of the word “Situation” was due to the chaotic and unsubstantiated information, from a legal standpoint for now, that wide spread and indiscriminate killing of civilians took place at the hands of forces loyal to Qaddafi.

This could change in the coming days or even hours, if the U.S, Britain and France decided to capitalize on favorable world public opinion. Anti-Qaddafi sentiments across the Arab world will help drafting a resolution that will authorize the use of force and establish a naval and air blockade against Libya using humanitarian justifications.

Arab media coverage of the Libyan crises already set the tone for the world opinion and encouraged the U.S and western government to take more direct action to use military force inside the Libyan territories.

It remains to be seen, however, if the U.S can convince the Russians and the Chinese to support European and U.S troops in invading Libya, which will have consequences on other parts of the world and set the stage for possible future western intervention in Russia’s or China’s backyards.

If the UNSC passed a use of force authorization, it will be almost impossible for the future regime in Libya to come out of it without the agreement of all permanent members of the Security Council, the P-5 and at least 9 out of 10 non-permanent members.

Even if Qaddafi’s regime managed to stay in power in Libya or in parts of it, it is almost impossible for him to rejoin the international community amid allegations of wide-spread abuse and atrocities against innocent civilians.  A future regime in Libya, moreover, will most likely look more like the Iraqi government today by having its hands tied with security agreements and having its sovereignty compromised in order to stay in power. This would not be a problem for the new Libyan regime which will owe its power to the U.S and the Europeans.

Ali Younes is a writer and a Middle East analyst based in Washington D.C. He can be reached at:


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Ray Hanania is an award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter and Columnist who began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He covered Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992 (Mayor Daley to Mayor Daley) and has expanded to writing for newspapers around the world focussed on Middle East and American politics.

Hanania loves to write about American Arabs in politics, and focuses on Arab life in America.

Currently, he writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at He writes on American politics for the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News newspaper and the Reporter Newspapers. He also writes for the online websites and (Illinois News Network at

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Hanania began in journalism as an activist publishing Chicago’s first English-language American Arab Newspaper “The Middle Eastern Voice” from 1975 through 1977. In 1976, he was hired by the Chicago community newspaper The Southtown Economist (Daily Southtown) and in 1985 was hired by the Chicago Sun-Times and covered Chicago City Hall for both. In 1993, he launched the “The Villager” Newspapers which covered 12 Southwest Chicagoland suburban regions. In 2004, he published “The National Arab American Times” monthly newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East ethnic food stores in 48 American States.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

Hanania’s writings have been published in newspapers around the world. Formerly syndicated by Creators Syndicate, Hanania also has written news, features and Opinion Columns for Al Jazeera English, the Jerusalem Post,, Arab News, Saudi Gazette, Newsday in New York, the Orlando Sentinel, the Houston Chronicle, The Daily Star, the News of the World, the Daily Yomimuri in Tokyo, Chicago Magazine, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, and Aramco Magazine. His political columns are published in the Southwest News-Herald and Des Plaines Valley News, Regional News and Palos Reporter newspapers in Chicagoland. Hanania is the President/CEO of Urban Strategies Group media and public affairs consulting which has clients in Illinois, Florida, Michigan and Washington D.C.

Hanania is Palestinian Christian from prominent Bethlehem and Jerusalem families. His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.

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