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Why Libya changed my mind

I have never been a fan of “liberal interventionism,” but a month in Tripoli made me think again. What is needed now are UN boots on the ground

By Tom Streithorst   April 2011

A French helicopter lands on an American navy ship as part of the ongoing military operations in Libya

I have never been a fan of “liberal interventionism.” As a cameraman, I’ve seen it go wrong too many times in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. But a month in Tripoli changed my mind. I’m now convinced that what Libya needs—and needed right from the start—is the United Nations or the Arab League to put boots on the ground and finish the job.

Visiting Libya was a bit like taking a vacation with a dysfunctional family, where brother, sister and mum all…

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