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Debate on Libya and Intervention

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ALI AHMIDA
Available for a limited number of interviews, Ahmida is a leading analyst and historian of Libya. He said today: “Given Libya’s brutal colonial past under Italian fascism, foreign interference could be disastrous. Many Libyans will oppose it and it would revive Qaddafi’s dying dictatorship. Instead, other countries could recognize the new government in Benghazi and send needed humanitarian relief. I strongly question the role of the anti-democratic and reactionary Saudi Arabian government in arming the rebels. The Saudi state has supported conservative and authoritarian regimes such as Egypt and Tunisia and above all [has oppressed] its own pro-democracy movement. Finally, I question the agenda of the exiled Libyan opposition groups outside who may undermine the uprising as did the discredited Iraqi opposition.” Ahmida is chair of the department of political science at the University of New England. His books include The Making of Modern Libya and Forgotten Voices: Power and Agency in Colonial and Postcolonial Libya.

AKRAM RAMADAN, [5 hours head of U.S. ET] 011-44-7-908-250-706,
A Libyan activist living in London, Ramadan has just returned to London from Libya via Egypt. Ramadan is calling for a “no-fly zone.” See his Twitter feed: @akrambenramadan — also, see the #Feb17 Twitter feed and other relevant feeds via: accuracy.org/uprisings

FRANCIS BOYLE
Professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign, Boyle said today: “Without authorization by the United Nations Security Council and express authorization from the U.S. Congress pursuant to the terms of the War Powers Resolution, for President Obama to establish any type of so-called ‘no-fly zone’ over Libya would be illegal and unconstitutional.” While serving as the lawyer for the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1993, Boyle procured the NATO no-fly zone over Bosnia. He is author of The Bosnian People Charge Genocide.

ROBERT NAIMAN

Naiman is policy director of Just Foreign Policy. He recently wrote the piece “In Libya, Diplomacy Could Save Lives and the World Economy.”

Background: “The Military Staff Committee: A Possible Future Role in UN Peace Operations?

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167