The UN Security Council has voted 10-0 with five abstentions to impose a no fly zone over Libya.
So the obvious question is, if and/or when Bahrain, Yemen or Saudi Arabia’s people decide to oppose their rulers in direct fashion as we have seen in Libya, will we see the United States, UK and France marching into the UN Security Council to demand the imposition of no fly zones over those countries?
Or are such actions only reserved for regimes with whom there are old scores to be settled?
Will we see this newly found principled approach trump the vested and strategic interests of the US and other western nations? Will we see a surprising appetite for intervention to ‘level the playing field’ in potential civil conflicts between autocrats and the people they dominate?
The words ‘Yeah, right!” spring to mind.