Dear Arab League: You asked for this, now shut up

Posted by: Phineas on March 20, 2011 at 3:14 pm

**Posted by Phineas

I’m not sure what the Arab League had in mind when they asked the West to establish a no-fly zone and protect civilians in Libya from Daffy Qaddafi’s air force. What, they thought we’d just buzz around and Qaddafi’s goons would quail and cower at our sheer moral authority?

Now that they’ve gotten what they asked for, they don’t like it:

The Arab League is criticizing the international air assault on Libya, a week after asking the United Nations to impose a no-fly zone on the North African nation.

Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa said Sunday that the United Nations’ implementation of the no-fly zone on Libya has gone beyond what the league wanted.

He told reporters in Cairo that the league wants to protect civilians, not bomb them.

Time for a letter:

Dear Secretary General Moussa,

Can I call you Amr? We can talk honestly, right? Look, dude, you asked the UN –which really means the West, which really, really means the United States– to stop the Mad Colonel’s planes from hurting civilians. That means we have to use our warplanes to do it. You with me so far?

Trouble is, said Libyan Lunatic has spent many billions over many years building up a very good air defense system, which he would surely use once our planes started flying over his sovereign country and not letting his air force fly. Not that I like Qaddafi or sympathize with him, but that’s just how things are. And that means the planes of my country (and France and Britain) are in danger. So, in order to enforce the no-fly zone –you know, the one you asked for?– we have to go in and break Qaddafi’s air defense systems.

And that means, Amr, dropping bombs, firing cruise missiles, and blowing things up. You may have noticed we’re really good at blowing things up; it’s the Western way of war, and my country has made it an art form.

But, no matter good we are at it, war is still a messy business and civilians tend to get killed when things go boom. Maybe Qaddafi was using them as a human shield, maybe we hit a wrong target, maybe they were civilian workers at the sites attacked, or maybe they were just damned unlucky and were at the wrong place at the wrong time. Regardless, it sucks when innocents are harmed — but it is also inevitable. That’s why we in the West are reluctant to go to war; we know there is no way to make it perfectly clean. Things get broken, innocent people die.

You’re an intelligent guy, Amr, and you must know this too. So sit back, be quiet, and let us do our job.

You asked for it.

EDIT: Fixed a broken link.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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18 Responses to “Dear Arab League: You asked for this, now shut up”


  1. eaglewingz08 says:

    At the Pentagon press briefing on Sunday, the spokesperson said he spoke to the Arab League and they are fully supportive of the enforcement of the no fly zone. So it looks like the SecGen was talking out of his hat.

  2. gssr says:

    “Separation” theory is what I favor, when it comes to the Mohammedan world. Have as little to do with them as possible. Of course, in order for this policy to work, we’d have to stop or severly restrict Muslim immigration. So where’s the downside? LOL ;)

  3. Old Goat says:

    I guess the Arab League were expecting the no fly zone to mean they would be using feather pillows.

    Obama is getting more and more negative press on things. It seems the media is slowly starting to wake up to what many knew before he was elected.

    One of the fears I had about him was that he would come off as weak, this would lead many countries to push and prod to see if there was any resolve in the man. Notice how things have been escalating. Just like I and others had feared.

    This issue of Libya was handled very poorly. Hillary saying “there are difficulties”. (Guess which country is opposed to this… C***a.) Barry says that Qaddafi’s gotta go, then does basically nothing while France takes the lead.

    Obama is the Sta-puff marshmallow man.

    Bush had Qaddafi (or however you spell it, as there are about 50 different versions) giving up weapons, Obama has him digging in and defying Duh One.

  4. Carlos says:

    To Mr. Secretary General Moussa:

    Win the Future. Or some other variable of the anagram of that cute little mindless piece of crap invented by our glorious, fearless leader who can’t make a decision until it’s too late anyway…

  5. Lumpy Gravy says:

    “The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”
    – Senator Barack Hussein Obama. December 20, 2007.

  6. Jay Stevens says:

    This was – or should have been – easily forseen. The Arab League wants us to make an omelette for them without breaking any eggs.

  7. Drew says:

    Shorter: Hey Amr. Our poeple are at risk, you’ve been nowhere for years, now that we are on the scene to clean up your mess…….if you don’t like our heavy – US soldier protective – hand, stick it up your smelly…….

  8. Craig Lueschow says:

    Will somebody please help me out here? You ask for help, then do not like the outcome? I know that Saudi Arabia alone posses capabilities [F-15E and AWACS vehicles] which are enough to make Daffy Ducks Russian supplied air force pretty much dust. Yet they [the arab league] do not like how we handle it after THEY asked us to fix their problem? What am I missing here?

  9. Jo says:

    Is this a shock to anyone? These people will always be disgruntled, their hotheaded emotions on their sleeves and want the opposite of what’s done on their behalf. There is no pleasing them with any action. However, our ditherer-in chief couldn’t make a decision on his own if he very life depended on it. And unfortunately, it’s the American way of life that he is screwing around with. And screwing it as badly as he does everything else—even his golf game is bad.

  10. BeeKay says:

    You forgot to translate that into Leftese:

    The PresidentThe Evil President Bush does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation. However, if I become president, that won’t be an issue because I’ll do what I want to do.”
    – Senator Barack Hussein Obama. December 20, 2007.

  11. Paul says:

    Arabs like to complain. They cannot have it both ways. They want to use the West and make the West look bad at the same time.

  12. Carlos says:

    Again, more proof that the Arab world leaders are democraps. They find it impossible to be consistent, unless you consider always being jackasses consistent.

  13. Michael Patrick says:

    Another war, GREAT! Just what we need. Only thing better would be four more years of Hussain Obama.

    Please lets be concerned about the United States of America. If anyone thinks us spending another half a billion dollars to protect people that want us dead is a good idea. I have a a bridge in Brooklyn for sale.

    I like BeeKays point as well. We know Obama is a babykilling masagnist and a two faced lier. It is always nice for further confirmation. Thanks BeeKay

  14. Glenn Bergen says:

    This has all the smell of the Arab Leaque pandering to Al Jazeera and the Arab street. So why don’t we do it your way… throw our hands in the air and say “May Allah will it” See where that gets you.

  15. Michael Patrick says:

    Sorry forgot one MAJOR POINT.

    Our military forces in harms way possible dying for what. A bunch of people that would kill the same Airmen if they had the chance.

    Then again another way too weaken America. A win, win for our president. How any Secret Service agent could protect Hueesin Obama is a wonder too me. Unless they too wish America destroyed.

  16. “I’m not sure what the Arab League had in mind when they asked the West to establish a no-fly zone and protect civilians in Libya from Daffy Qaddafi’s air force. What, they thought we’d just buzz around and Qaddafi’s goons would quail and cower at our sheer moral authority?”


    Many or most Third World types have a weirdly inflated view of what Western countries are capable of. Not just in the military sphere, but in everything.

    Dinesh D’Souza wrote about this in his book “What’s So Great About America.” What amazes people from the Third World when they come to the United States, he said, was that “everything works.” Electricity, plumbing, traffic lights, etc. And if you’ve ever been to a Third World country, you know that everything there does most certainly not work.

    They’ve seen their own militaries defeated handily time and again by us. Heck, they don’t even build their own weapons but depend on ours.

    This is also one reason why they believe so many bizarre conspiracy theories over there. Think we have problems with Birthers and Truthers here, that sort of things is believed by everyone over there.

    The irony is that we often mock our own government as incompetent. What we have to realize is that they see things so differently

  17. Glenn Bergen says:

    Tom, I would have to agree with your comment on third world countries. Having been stationed in Turkey;on their north coast. It was like moving backwards in time from 1970 to 1900. Electrical power was unreliable,so many business’ had Coleman lanterns available, when the power went out. As for the military, they have the money to buy for major weapons systems, and the foreign consultants; but they have NO technical expertise to maintain and keep these systems ready for their government. Again, too often, they throw up their hands, and proclaim, “May Allah will it”.