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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Misrata is the Stalingrad of Libya (Great post over at Galhran's Place)

"One doctor on Al Jazeera English claimed the other day the average number of people killed or wounded per day has been at least 300 every day for the 6 weeks of fighting. That would only be 12,000 in a city where 300,000 people are still believed to be living, meaning the doctor is giving a potentially legitimate number. As has been discussed many times and in many places, Libya is a political tragedy of the worst kind primarily because Western assistance came in the form of tactics instead of a strategy to meet the requirements as demanded by a UN mandate for policy."

"A "No-Fly zone" and "no boots on the ground" both represent tactical options that set the conditions for our military leaders to develop a military plan from, and just as the no-fly zone has been legitimately called a sham with the repeated bombings of military equipment; the absence of boots on the ground will insure Misrata will be a massacre right under the cockpit view of NATO - a mark that may indeed kill the image of the alliance as a force for good globally. The idea that anyone in NATO wants to "occupy" Libya is a bad joke - there is no such desire by anyone. The UN resolution prevents any occupation force, but does not explicitly preclude the air traffic controllers and other special operations forces that makes airpower effective, nor does the UN resolution preclude "hit-and-run" amphibious raid operations by Marines from the Sea that can maneuver in force and roll back Gaddafi's military capabilities.

Without the ability for NATO to conduct special operations and hit-and-run tactics from the sea, there is no way to prevent the massacre in Misrata."

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