With the news of Guardian correspondent Ghaith Abdul-Ahad missing in Libya, coupled with the news that three BBC journalists working in Libya were arrested, tortured, kept in a cage and subjected to a mock execution, how involved should “The West” be in Libya?
It’s safe to assume that if this is happening to foreign journalists, then a whole lot worse is happening to the Libyans who have taken up arms against Gaddafi, so how exactly do we take into account the plight of all political prisoners in Libya?
Menzies Campbell and Philippe Sands argue that the experience of Iraq should not make us deaf to Libyan calls for international support.
Bob Stewart, former United Nations commander states that we must learn the lessons of Bosnia and Iraq before we send our aircraft into action.
Carne Ross makes the argument that secure communications equipment should be supplied to the opposition forces.
Richard Dannatt, former chief of general staff of the armed forces states that Britain should steer clear of another military intervention in the Middle East.
Channel 4’s Alex Thomson explains why reporters and the reported need to keep space between each other and why intelligence is required to ensure that Libyan rebels’ claims have to be verified.
In the Telegraph, Con Coughlin makes the argument that a Libyan no-fly zone is no different to invading Iraq and is tantamount to a declaration of war.
As Stefan Simanowitz points out, the current situation in Libya remains turbulent and unclear. There are indications that a UN humanitarian team may be allowed into Tripoli, but in the meantime the violence continues. As each day passes and more blood soaks into the sand, the harder it will be for a post-conflict Libya to put itself together again.
Bloody internal conflicts – be they in Iraq or Rwanda, Yugoslavia or Indonesia – leave indelible scars on nations and festering resentment among their populations.