Libya says that mainly civilians have been killed in the recent US-led airstrikes against the country and as the bombing continues, Western leaders struggle with the decision as to which country will lead the war effort.
Press TV interviewed political commentator, James Morris, regarding NATO and the United States’ involvement in Libya.
Press TV: We are hearing of disagreements between NATO members about who is taking over the command of military operations. It started with France getting involved and then the US and Britain. Turkey has been one of the main countries that have disagreed while Italy is saying that it wants NATO to take over. Tell us what you think are the sources of the disagreements. Why is there resistance for NATO to take over?
Morris: It was sold as a no-fly zone with no casualties, or very few casualties as if it would be a very quick in and out. What we are seeing now, which was actually pushed for by the French and the British. Surprisingly Obama bought it but he even had to be pressured. You had Hillary Clinton, Samantha Power and also Susan Rice push him to do it. I can understand why he wanted to do it because he was worried about Benghazi and the political ramifications of let’s say 100,000 people being slaughtered there by Gaddafi.
I’m no fan of Gaddafi and I think he should go too, but I don’t think America should get involved with an Arab tribal civil war as Congressman Ron Paul has said about the no-fly zone. I think the countries that are resisting are seeing the effects of what’s been happening for the past several days. People are being killed. A no-fly zone is an attack on Libya, which is an act of war, as Robert Gates said, the Secretary of Defense, and the neo-conservatives were going after him for that because they never see a war that they don’t like.
They want to set up intervention in Iran by having us not only have a no-fly zone over Libya but they are now calling for ground troops as well. I saw neo-con Kristol on Fox news, which is a neo-con propaganda channel in America that airs in England and around the world on satellite. He is actually calling for ground troops now. I think that is where we are leading. I heard something on the news earlier tonight (I think CNN) and they were saying outside Misratah you’ve got pro-Gaddafi regime tanks that are firing on the city and they are dug in.