America’s Libyan Revenge (The Daily Beast) – 673th Edition

31 03 2011

The Daily Beast – In all the discussion of where, if anywhere, American strategic interests lie in regard to Libya, one very obvious motivation for U.S. action seems to be being ignored: Vengeance. Yet the certain knowledge that the West will eventually take revenge for terrorist crimes committed even as long ago as the 1970s and 1980s is itself a vital strategic interest. Rogue states must always know that there is no such thing as a statute of limitations on murder, and that even after four decades, the slate has not been wiped clean. The demand for vengeance is not a high-sounding principle of the kind that President Obama might like to intone in his recent speech to the nation, but it has always been an invaluable weapon in the realm of international relations, and its visceral righteousness demands far more respect than windy resolutions of the U.N. Security Council.
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