Just several days into their jointly led operation to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya, the United States, France, and Britain have already faced significant controversy. The African Union called for an immediate end to the attacks; the Arab League's secretary, Amr Moussa, said on Sunday that air strikes were not what he had expected, though he later reaffirmed the League's commitment to a no-fly zone.*
Yet by all measures Thursday's U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973, which authorizes international intervention into Libya to protect civilians, is still historic -- the first time the world has pursued humanitarian intervention so boldly since the Rwandan genocide. The resolution calls for "all necessary measures to protect civilians under threat of attack in the country." Speaking in a televised address on Friday, U.S. President Barack Obama also explained his position largely in humanitarian terms: If the world failed to intervene, he said, "The democratic values that we stand for would be overrun. Moreover, the words of the international community would be rendered hollow."
With events moving quickly on the ground, only time will tell how effective international powers will be at quelling the fighting. But one question will remain long after gunfire stops: Does the world belong inside Libya's revolution?
Yes. Now Let's Hope It's Not Too Late. - By Roméo Dallaire with Jeffrey Bernstein
Not Until We Know What We're Getting Into - By Micah Zenko
The U.S. Is Right Not to Own It - By Robert D. Kaplan
This Could Be Obama's Defining Moment - By Shadi Hamid
The Security Council Has At Last Lived Up To Its Duty - By Kenneth Roth
How to Save Benghazi - By Robert Pape
A Day to Celebrate, But Hard Work Ahead - By Anne-Marie Slaughter
Failing To Act Would Send the Wrong Message - By Paula J. Dobriansky
Plus, from FP's blogs:
The World, Yes -- The U.S., Maybe Less So - By Steven M. Walt
The U.S. Even More So - By Kori Schake
As Quickly As Possible - By Thomas E. Ricks
With Fingers Crossed - By Peter Feaver
Yes or No, It's About Obama - By David Rothkopf
The Real Question Is, How Will the World Get Out? - By Marc Lynch
*Text has been updated.