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JonIrenicus
03-16-2011, 01:55 AM
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-03-15/qaddafi-forces-near-benghazi-as-rebel-says-world-failed-us-.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/concoughlin/8381739/Libya-The-West-wants-to-get-rid-of-Gaddafi-but-doesnt-know-how.html



Civil unrest seems on the wane against a leader willing to slaughter his own countrymen.

To all those, rebels among them, decrying western involvement (hard power), congratulations - you got your wish. All it cost was your lives.

Soft power and hard power are tools, and each can be more or less effective depending on the situation (i.e. soft power less effective when facing off against a wolf with sheeps tactics). For us, there is one clear shining virtue in the way this is turning out, the slaughter cannot be blamed on our actions. As for our inactions, that does not count nearly as much.