Sunday, March 20, 2011

Arab League's Amr Moussa Says Oops re No-Fly Zone - Update*

Amr Moussa, Gaddafi and Yemen's President Saleh just last March
at an Arab League meeting in Libya.

A week after pleading with the West to impose a no-fly zone, the Arab League has changed its mind: '"What has happened in Libya differs from the goal of imposing a no-fly zone and what we want is the protection of civilians and not bombing other civilians," Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa told reporters.' He is calling for an emergency Arab League meeting to discuss the situation.

Amr Moussa, we remember, appears to be the leading candidate for the presidency of Egypt. It appears he is covering all bases: on the one hand urging help for the Libyan resistance but then pulling the anti-West card once the intervention starts. Could be a nice little ploy for winning votes.

* Jeffrey Goldberg thinks it should have been predictable to all that the Arab League would backtrack on the no-fly zone.

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