Article: Ethical Consequences of Libya

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[. . .] In the past it is evident that the U.S. had used its position as a super power to pressure other countries in the supreme council to support its personal agenda. Protection of civilian and innocent lives is important. The right way would be to support the U.S., France and the United Kingdome in there pursuit against stopping any more massacre. But we should also keep in mind that history might be repeating itself here, it might be possible that the U.S. might be using its influence in the Supreme Council to pursue other nations to support its own personal agenda. We have to keep in mind that Libya may suffer the same consequence as Afghanistan and Iraq.

Relationships. People see ethics getting done only when we treat others like we would ourselves to be treated. This golden rule is preached with equal passion by Muslims, Jewish and Christian's theologies. But the two questions asked everywhere are: Does the Arab world support the Libyan invasion? If they do then why? Also what is the role of the rebels in this scenario, what will they do once peace is restored?

Why do they want Qaddafi to step down? The answers to these questions are simple and known to everyone. The Arab world wants protection; hence they are supporting the intervention by other countries to stop Qaddafi. The rebels want Qaddafi to step down, and possibly kill him too. So everything needs to be considered, what a future Arab world or Libyan world, or coalition world wishes to be done.

Hence the Golden Rule, in other words encourages us to consider a lot of "others." Whatever the action the global community takes for or against Libya, the consequences one will see in the coming future. Whatever the people of Libya decide for themselves amidst the protests by the rebels, the consequences of that too shall be revealed soon. The point of the argument here is, that whatever action internally or externally is taken, the foundations of communication and relationship between Libya and the world will be laid. Given Qaddafi's disgrace, few would ask, "If I were Qaddafi, what would I want to do"? A more daring question would be "if I were a citizen in a coalition country, hammered by economic hardships, would I want my government to shift its focus away from my plight and invest in a military campaign? Finally the question of relationships can be asked in reverse: "If I stood by and did nothing, would I risk creating long-term negative relationships?"

In Libya, a lot of approaches may be tested. But our responsibility, as citizen of Global community is to calculate the highest possibility of saving lives, determining what is right and then speak for it.

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The New York Times "Libya -- Protests and Revolt (2011)" http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/libya/index.html

MARK LANDLER "Even While Taking a Chance With Libya, Obama Is Playing It Low-Key"http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/25/world/africa/25prexy.html?_r=1&ref=politics (March 24, 2011)

Keith Olbermann "Libya, Obama and the five-second rule" http://readersupportednews.org/off-site-opinion-section/133-133/5388-special-comment-libya (March 23, 2011)

Kareem Faheem and David D. Kirkpatrick "Qaddafi Forces Pull Back as Rebels RetakeAjdabiya "http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/27/world/africa/27libya.html?ref=libya (March 26, 2011)

The New York Times "Libya -- Protests and Revolt (2011)" http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/libya/index.html [END OF PREVIEW]

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