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March 8th, 2011, by Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum

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I’m listening hard, but I just can’t hear the “voices around the world” that my colleague Charles Krauthammer said last week are “calling for U.S. intervention to help bring down Moammar Gaddafi.” It’s true that John Bolton, former U.N. ambassador and present Fox News employee, has declared that “strong American words (and actions) were amply warranted” in Libya. It’s also true that a clutch of American politicians and writers have come out in favor of a similarly muscular response as well.

But outside America’s borders, all is silent. Certainly nobody in the Arab world is clamoring for American military intervention, or indeed any American intervention: Egyptian democrats are even wary of taking our development money. (“Help from America can be misunderstood,” one would-be Egyptian politician delicately explained to The Post a few days ago.)

Nobody in Asia and nobody in Europe is calling for the Marines to be sent back to the shores of Tripoli either. The French, feeling guilty for having failed to support (or even foresee) the revolution in Tunisia, have sent humanitarian aid to Benghazi – but have simultaneously argued against military involvement. The British have already bungled their first solo attempt to see what could be done. On Saturday, a British special forces team and an MI6 intelligence officer touched down near Benghazi, intending simply to make contact with the rebels. They were promptly arrested, handcuffed, interrogated and sent out of the country. The last thing the rebels want, apparently, is the stigma of contact with foreigners.

To read rest of the article, see The Washington Post, in which this article was first published on March 8, 2011.

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One Response to “The Arab world isn't clamoring for our help”
  1. JL Gawlik says:

    Interesting you did not hear anyone asking for help, i actually heard several yell “President Bush, we need your help! Please send it.”

    I thought that was odd because that was our previous President to the USA not the current one. Go review footage, it’s there and recorded for history.

    The French are just worried about the oil. It is really sad to see more powerful nations, and the UN pick and choose who they decide they should save while hundreds of thousands are loosing their lives because they can now view the world through 4G communications and they realized how suppressed and or poor they really are while the people who run their government live like kings.

    It is human nature to want freedom and liberties, every human has inalienable rights given to them by their creator and they should be able to govern themselves and keep their country or state’s sovereignty and be able to grow to their highest potential. That in itself would rid the world of poverty, people crave to do things for themselves not to be dependent or beholden to a person or a government but to be able to stand up and do it themselves. Sometimes they will ask for a helping hand or guidance.

    Funny how the British were ran out by the Rebels? Why are some countries able to talk and work with the rebels? It is human nature not to want to live under tyranny. People crave freedom and liberty.

    The Arab League did ask for the USA’s help. They did it behind closed doors then publicly.

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