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Le Temps - Switzerland | 23/03/2011

Air strikes alone pointless

The air strikes won't decide the war in Libya, writes political scientist Hasni Abidi in a commentary for the daily Le Temps, saying that more important is what further goals the West is pursuing: "We can't put all our faith in the targeted air strikes - the 'surgical' measures as they have been called in the past. ... But even the operations in Afghanistan and its obvious failure don't seem to have dispelled this illusion yet. ... Is the intervention's only goal to protect civilians against revenge attacks or is it aimed at a change of government? Who will help to build up a new state is this far away country where the regional powers and tribal identity are so strong and national feeling so weak?"

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