Suggested readings on Libya Fiasco and Crises 2011

The following readings were suggested by HISTORIANS AGAINST WAR.–KAS

“A Debate on U.S. Military Intervention in Libya: Juan Cole vs. Vijay Prashad”
On Democracy Now, posted March 29
“The Unfolding Crisis in Libya”
By Gary Leupp,, posted March 28
The author teaches history at Tufts University
“The West’s ‘Double Standards’ in Middle East”
By Mark LeVine,, posted March 28
The author teaches history at the University of California, Irvine
“An Open Letter to the Left on Libya”
By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted March 27
The author teaches Middle East history at the University of Michigan

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3 Responses to Suggested readings on Libya Fiasco and Crises 2011

  1. eslkevin says:

    Here are some other readings on this topic–also suggested by HAW (Historians Against War).-KAS

    “Libya Remembers, We Forget: These Bombs Are Not the First”
    By Mark Mazower, The Guardian, posted March 25

    “Social Science and the Libyan Adventure”
    By Stephen M. Walt, blog, posted March 24
    “Why Nothing Good Will Come of This Intervening in Libya”
    By Vijay Prashad,, posted March 23
    The author teaches history at Trinity College

  2. eslkevin says:

    This article has a lot more historical background than most.

    “Libya in the Balance”
    By Nicholas Pelham, Middle East Research and Information Project, posted March 15

  3. eslkevin says:


    Obama on Libya: This Ain’t Iraq

    There’s been much gnawing within the commentariat concerning the Obama Doctrine. That is, if there is one. In his speech on Libya Monday night, the president rendered a rather clear explication: The United States will do what it can, when it can, where it can—to serve humanitarian and security interests—after carefully weighing the costs and benefits of the particular action under consideration, after consulting with allies and regional partners in order to form an effective coalition, and after assessing the needs and desires of the folks on the ground. These guidelines are not too difficult to fathom. Obama was detailing a doctrine of limited and realistic intervention, with several sliding scales. Bottom line: no more Iraq invasions.

    Throughout his speech at the National Defense University, Obama implicitly and explicitly compared the Libyan military action to the Iraq war, noting that the latter was neither justifiable or cost-effective. In many ways, his doctrine is an anti-doctrine, counterposed to what his predecessor did. Repeatedly, Obama made this point. Here are the notable instances of when he insisted he was not proceeding in a Bushian manner: [READ MORE]

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