Why Libya?

April 02, 2011

The U.S. government watched without interfering as the citizens of Tunisia and Egypt changed their governments. We have not dispatched troops to Yemen, Syria or Bahrain as their citizens demonstrate and die.

Yet we have intervened in Libya in support of an opposition group that apparently not only is leaderless but is unable to generate support among the people in areas still under government control.

Haven't our ill-advised adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan wasted enough lives and treasure? Haven't we learned that America cannot be the world's policeman? Wouldn't the money that has been squandered on this ill-conceived venture have been better spent trying to lower our unemployment rate?

We should let the Arab peoples work out their own political problems. We have enough problems of our own. What is it that the American people are not being told?

Marc Raim, Baltimore

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