Editor’s Note: This piece is aggregated from the Guardian. To read the complete piece, click here.)
Much has been written about military intervention in Libya, both in the lead-up to it and now that it is underway. No one knows how the complexities of this particular situation will play out. But there are two things worth adding from a specifically developmental perspective.
First, the development sector should be solid in its support, in theory, for military interventions for humanitarian purposes. The plethora of mixed motives for the west’s engagement with the Arab world make doing the right thing harder in the Middle East and North Africa.
The Iraq war is the latest self-evidently self-interested debacle to undermine the legitimacy of the US and UK for a generation of Arabs. Its victims are not just Iraqis; until a few days ago it seemed that they would include the Libyan rebels who were less likely to receive support post-Iraq.
Read more at the Guardian‘s website.