President Obama, I know you are busy with your Future Enterprisers event today in Cleveland, but I must divert your attention to North Africa.
The revolution in Libya is at the point where things could go either way. If Qaddafi gains the upper hand, he will commit perhaps the worst mass murder of this young century.
This is your test. Bill Clinton passed his in Serbia when he put an end to the genocidal behavior of Slobodan Milosevic. He failed unforgiveably when he allowed Rwandan Hutus to slaughter up to a million Tutsis.
Forget the oil. We wouldn’t intervene just to preserve the oilfields.
No. Qaddafi murdered 189 Americans when he blew up Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988. It’s time for justice.
And it’s time to prevent another genocide. Tribes that supported the insurrection, along with the rebels themselves and countless others, will be killed if Qaddafi prevails, because he is bloodthirsty on good days. You must act to prevent this.
You do not need to send in the troops. There are other options before you. You can enforce a no-fly zone over the country to keep his air force from strafing the rebels. You can arm the civilians taking part in the uprising. You can send in supplies and act to try to keep communications open within the country. Just a small gesture that the U.S. is getting involved might be enough to topple Qaddafi.
And you must take the lead in organizing our intrepid European allies – who have far greater leverage due to business they do with the murderer – and get them to say they won’t do business with him if he continues killing people. If you can tear them away from their cappuccinos.
Why is it that you pressured Mubarak, our long time ally, to get out, while for Qaddafi you give us just a statement calling for an end to violence, lumping it in with calls for restraint in two other countries as well?
And this from your spokesman, just a few hours ago.
We offer our condolences to the families of the victims in Libya of this appalling violence.
Well, that’s touching, but if Qaddafi stays in power, the families themselves will be next. What they need is your help, not your pity.
And don’t worry about the Arab street. They will only be impressed by you, at last.