The end of American policing?

9 March 2011

The world is learning the cost of its complaints about America being the only superpower and the world’s international police force.  The unfolding civil war in Libya is exposing the hesitancy of the international community, but the media still want to blame America.

The BBC has spoken about America ‘failing to take a lead’ or ‘taking a back seat’.  Who are they trying to kid?  The world has spent years complaining about American hegemony and interventionism.  Obama was elected on the basis that America will heed these complaints and it will not initiate military intervention in sovereign nations.

The Libyans have told the west to keep out of their affairs.  The west doubts their wisdom in saying so, but the dithering hesitancy of the United Nations (UN) to decide what to do is just as unwise and open to doubt.  When America steps aside and hands responsibility to the UN, suddenly the responsibility becomes apparent and almost too much for them to shoulder.  Having complained about American interventionist policy, suddenly the world finds itself discussing
options for intervention!  It reminds us of the U-turn on Lib-Dem policies once they inherit the responsibilities of government.

“Am I my brother’s keeper?” When natural disaster strikes, the cry goes out to the west for help, and America steps up to the mark.  Until recently, America included interventionism as part of this Christian concern.  Following the world’s unthankful reaction to their hegemony, America has legitimately stepped back.  It should not feel any responsibility for what happens in Libya, although we fear that Libya will show the world what happens when events are left to unfold without decisive action by the international community.  The United Nations which aims to “save succeeding generations”  from the scourge of war is not saving Libya.  This talking shop needs leaders worthy of the name.

The world will learn the cost of anti-Americanism, and the Libyans will probably learn the hard way.

Meanwhile the Punch and Judy show continues in the House of Commons as the Labour leader decides the fight is about exposing the Foreign Secretary and the Government’s incompetence instead of offering practical solutions to Libya’s problems.  Scoring political points are easy victories against incompetent leadership, but real politics is about governing, not point scoring.  The Libyans know this - will our electorate respond?  We need an Oliver Cromwell who said to the Rump Parliament: “You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately ... Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!”