Michael Totten

The Arab League is a Farce

I expect precious little from the Arab League. It generally acts like the dictator club that it is. Still, this is ridiculous:

The head of the Arab League has criticized international strikes on Libya, saying they caused civilian deaths.

The Arab League’s support for a no-fly zone last week helped overcome reluctance in the West for action in Libya. The U.N. authorized not only a no-fly zone but also “all necessary measures” to protect civilians.

Amr Moussa says the military operations have gone beyond what the Arab League backed.

I don’t know if this near-instant reversal is motivated by politics or if it’s the product of ignorance of how war works in the real world. Maybe the Arab League is privately saying the opposite. Whatever’s the case, there’s no point taking this seriously.