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North Africa is Europe's problem – not Obama's

Committees are sometimes the fairest way to decide policy; rarely, if ever, are they the most efficient. As a system for conducting wars,  their shortcomings are obvious.

Public concern about the risks of intervention in Libya are hardly allayed by the impression that no one appears to be taking ultimate political charge of the mission.

The   diplomatic impetus for action came from France and Britain. The US was,
after some delay, recruited as a key advocate. Most of the military
assets being used in the operation come from members of the Nato
alliance. The Arab League is providing diplomatic support and some
hardware in the form of Qatari and UAE jets.

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