Libyan Rebels Gain Recognition but not Battlefield Success - Page 3
For example, should the war drag on, every nation that supplies troops will face mounting pressure to remove their troops from another costly overseas combat operation that appears to be failing. Think Vietnam, and more recently Afghanistan and Iraq. Several nations, most notably America, faced a great deal of internal and international pressure after being caught up in these “unnecessary” foreign wars.
Neither America nor the governments of any other nation desires to partake in another Vietnam. Therefore, many are content to sit back and offer verbal support and encouragement while not actually risking troops in a potentially deadly and costly war. However, this plan has as many faults as the one discussed above, most notably the fact that the Libyan rebels could lose the war without enough international assistance.
Therefore, solutions such as providing advanced weaponry to the rebels, sending military commanders to educate and help rebel leaders to better strategize their military plans, and increasing the role of helicopters rather than jets to better combat Gadhafi’s ground forces seem to bridge the two avenues of thought and thus could find support from different states. The Libyan rebels have fought for months against the chains of tyranny; now, it is up to the international community to take action in order to prevent this struggle from being in vain.