Friday, 26 August 2011

New blog poll: should we be more involved in Libya?

It's easy to draw parallels between Libya and the Iraq of a decade ago; both oil-rich Arab nations under the totalitarian rule of a despotic military dictator. And whilst Libya's current upheaval is largely driven by a populist domestic opposition that was largely absent under Saddam Hussein's regime the tentative nature of NATO's involvement in the crisis is owed in large part to the harrowing experience of insurgency in the Middle East post-2003.

So the current DEM poll is a simple one; should we - whether in the guise of NATO or the UN or as a national military force - be getting more involved in Libya and having more input into the conflict's outcome, which appears to be nearing endgame? Or are we right to keep our distance and allow events to take their course, whatever they may be?

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