Libyan Rebels Gain Recognition but not Battlefield Success - Page 2
The majority of the international community desires an end to the Gadhafi regime. These nations have the capability and the power to ensure that it happens. Then why are the rebels and the loyalist forces currently in a stalemate around the city of Brega? If the coalition is so powerful and capable of accomplishing any task in the preserving of democracy, why has it not been able to perpetrate a rebel victory?
One would expect that if the most powerful nations of the world all submitted a form of technology or weaponry to a coalition force, that military would be immensely powerful, almost to the point of invincibility. However, that has not been the case with NATO’s Libyan campaign. America and the states of the West gave a great deal to the force, but it was not enough to ensure a rebel victory. And that begs the question, is there more that can be done?
There is no definitive answer to that question. When a person such as Hillary Clinton declares that her respective state officially recognizes the Libyan rebels, it can be a morale booster but does not physically help the rebels defeat the enemy. Likewise, should certain tactics appear to be failing in combat, it is naïve and unrealistic to continue to use them and expect different results; for example, NATO forces have carried out air attacks on targets believed to be important to Gadhafi’s military as part of the enforcement of a “no fly zone.” Obviously this has failed, as several months after the original attacks on Gadhafi’s forces, little progress has been made and a stalemate is ensuing.
While it is apparent that not enough is being done to provide the rebels a realistic chance of defeating Gadhafi’s forces, the possible options are slim and potentially troublesome. The main course of action that has not been taken has been the implementation of a ground warfare strategy in which NATO troops physically landed in and took part in combat operations in Libya; while this may seem like an appealing option in that new troops could “jolt” the rebels into a successful campaign, sending troops to another foreign combat zone has many potential dangers.Continued on the next page