We are at war – again.
On top of Iraq and Afghanistan, we are now at war in Libya.
But this one is different. This is the perfect war. This is the way we opponents of the war in Iraq said we should go to war.
Don’t rush into war alone. Only go to war in partnership with our allies – and only under the UN flag, not the US flag.
But make no mistake about it. There are U.S. missiles fired from U.S. ships. And there are U.S. bombs dropped from U.S. planes.
There are already innocent Libyan civilians killed by U.S. bombs. And, before it’s over, there will be American soldiers killed by Libyan forces. Because war is war, no matter how civilized we enter into it.
So now we must decide: Is this a war we can support? I think the answer is yes.
True, we can’t be the world’s policeman. But, when the rest of the world rises up to protect the people of another country from wholesale slaughter at the hands of a brutal tyrant, we can’t stand on the sidelines, either.
Unlike the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, this, I believe, is the kind of limited, short-term war we can and should support.
That’s my parting shot for today.