Arabs react to Western coalition in Libya with skepticism

March 23, 2011

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A man in Tobruk, Libya fires a pistol in the air in celebration after the UN approved a no-fly zone in the country.
It went almost unnoticed in major media this year, but we just passed the eight-year anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Most commentators now refer to the U.S. fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, but the U.S. has occasional military operations in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia as well. The Libyan bombing, however, puts a new twist on U.S. interventions with the goal of civilian protection. Arabs in the Middle East broadly supported the enforcement of a no-fly zone over Libya, but after five days of missile and air attacks, there are signs of wavering. We'll get analysis from Laith Saud, who lectures on Islamic world studies at DePaul University.