Dragging in Libya’s Neighbors
2:00 PM, Mar 8, 2011 • By LEE SMITH
Writing in the Wall Street Journal today, Richard Haass argues against U.S. intervention in Libya: “American policy makers would be wiser to focus on what they can do to see that Egypt’s transition proceeds smoothly, that Saudi Arabia remains stable, and that Iran does not.” However, all of these issues are tied to what is unfolding in Libya. Perhaps even more important than the prospect that Egypt’s transition could be affected by Qaddafi’s war spilling over the border is the key fact that Iran is benefiting from all the regional instability.
As Tareq Homayed explains in his Asharq al-Awsat column:
In other words, the Iranians and their allies are using Libya as yet another battleground for their regional war against the U.S.-backed order—the shame is that Washington is all but oblivious to what’s at stake.
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