In Libya, the last resort

Apostle Paul wrote, “If possible, on your part, live at peace with everyone.” We should strive to maintain peace but … Continued

Apostle Paul wrote, “If possible, on your part, live at peace with everyone.” We should strive to maintain peace but only to the extent that others are willing to be fellow collaborators for peace.

We were justified in striking Libya in 1986. After a cooling off period, the US actively sought to reestablish a relationship with a man who has American blood on his hands. Our country has already offered an olive branch. Gaddafi is responsible for terrorizing Americans and is today terrorizing his own people. It is absolutely just to strike Libyan regime targets to try and protect people from slaughter.

If a nation’s army strikes us, we are justified in hitting back harder than their initial blow. When a terrorist is successful, we are justified in targeting their organization’s training camp, the governments, and the individuals who assist them. When a government uses military force to silence political opposition, the citizens have a right to defend their fundamental freedoms – rebellion – and the world is justified in intervening, even more so when we are asked to provide emergency assistance. A crippling display of military firepower is sometimes the only way to end an assault on our country, our allies, and people who seek freedom and are willing to die for it.

Surely, the scope of our intervention must be justified and each situation calls for a tailored response. Our country must weigh how much we are willing to sacrifice to defend others. War or military force is not always the best option, but many times it is the only option. The theory of jus ad bellum, the right to wage war, centers on the crucial prong of force as the last resort.

Muammar Gaddafi had time to embrace a ceasefire and halt the advancement of troops loyal to his regime. The Libyan Army commanders had an opportunity to quit. Instead, Gaddafi vowed to show “no mercy” to his opponents and his military continues to follow his commands. While a threat of military intervention may lead some leaders to reconsider their actions, it did not work with this “mad dog.” We cannot threaten the use of military force if we are not prepared to use it. Military intervention is a solution to immediate threats and simultaneously a deterrent to those in authority who have not lost the capability to reason.

Jesus said to the Twelve Apostles at the Last Supper that, “if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.” There are times when the “sword” is the only useful assistance our country can offer to those in urgent need.

Is it possible that to follow the Parable of the Good Samaritan we must utilize the military capabilities our country is blessed to posses? I think so.

“No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends.”

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Jordan Sekulow and Matthew Clark Jordan Sekulow is executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). Matthew Clark is an attorney at the ACLJ. Follow them on Twitter: @JordanSekulow and @_MatthewClark.
  • HiAll

    It’s so rare that I agree with actions taken by President Obama and his administration.
    In this case, I do agree that this situation merits military action.
    I also agree with other leaders, however, who have stated that the President didn’t articulate a well-reasoned rationale behind our military action, nor did he provide a strategy that includes withdrawal.

  • rjodaniel

    Mr. Gaddafi has a mental illness. That makes him a very dangerous person. Even more dangerous is his “enforcer” who is directly responsible for the military carnage that is taking place. Although the objective may be justified and honorable, the devil may lurk within the details.

    Like the mythical serpent, cut off one head and another takes its place. If the Muslim Brotherhood assumes power, the remedy may be worse than the current leadership. Ditto if another dictator takes Gaddafi’s place.

    Another concern is the mechanics of this engagement. President Obama did not consult with the US Congress before commiting this nation to what amounts to a declaration of war with Libya. According to our Constitution, Congress alone has the power to declare war upon a sovereign nation. He did not do that, still has not done so, and apparently does not feel the need to do so.

    One may say that it was the UN’s war, with NATO enforcing the resolution. But it is the United States that fired the 130 cruise missiles at Libya’s air defenses, along with two missiles fired by the Brits that started this war. Libya attacked no one but its own people, so there is no grounds for self defense.

    The Arab League is backpeddling on their commitment now that NATO has engaged Libya. Other NATO nations do not want the responsibility of Supreme Command. As a result, The US is committing the most military assets, firing expendable weaponry at its own cost, and the others are stepping back as far as they can go. As a result, the US is the major player with no exit strategy, no one else to take the reins, with a commitment that the US military cannot sustain with the assets in theater.

    Of the three military branches, the US Air Force is on point with aircraft that are older than the pilots flying them. The average age of the US Air Force fleet is 47 years. Gates killed the F22 stealth fighter production,and the F35 is way over budget and behind schedule with a reduced production quantity. The

  • lnln

    I cannot condone Obama’s Libyian response. He is allowing the UN to dictate policy to America’s young men and women…a UN that will not defend Israel but will defend the Muslim Brotherhood, the terrorism of Gaza, the calls from Turkey and Iran to wipe Israel from the face of the earth, and George Sorros, Cass Sunstein, Samantha Power and radicals–all intent upon the destruction of the United States, capitalism, and freedom. Obama is a dangerous person, believing that he can unite the world under one government…He is a Sorros puppet and is fed by an egotism that is bent on the destruction of America.

    Isn’t it interesting that the rebels, whom the USA is defending in Libya are now believed to be Muslim Brotherhood members!

  • WBTessore

    Perhaps it is in keeping with traditional American values to bring force to bear against this running dog … but the manner in which US forces became engaged in Libya’s civil war is NOT.

    Mr. Barach H. Obama sent US military air craft into Libya on Friday, then Congress found out about it the following MONDAY.

    What happened to the “rule of law”? What happened to the US Constitutional decree that “Congress shall have the authority to declare war”? Is this a “police action”?

    Mr. Barach H. Obama has a lot of explaining to do … to “We The People of the United States of America”, to Congress, and to The Eternal Creator.

    May YHWH have mercy on your soul Mr. Obama.

  • MrCool1

    Muammar Gaddafi is a monster and a madman and the military force being brought to bear on him is not only just but frankly ” What Took So Long”. He ordered the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 that crashed over Lockerbie Scotland, as well as the murder of a female British Police Officer, also the sponsorship of international terrorism and many murders in Libya and around the world of innocent men, women, and children. The people of Libya have risen up and the day of the ” Tin Pot Dictator” Muammar Gaddafi, is over. One thing is for sure, Muammar Gaddafi, is destined for a much warmer place in eternity.

  • Truth-Wise

    Clearly, very few people here in the US really understand what is going on in the Middle East and where this is all leading. Likewise, very few recognize what has happened to America and where its corrupt leaders are taking us. It is quite simple…. powerful forces have been at work for many years setting up the fall of the USA and the establishment of a globalist world ruling government run by Elitists. We are in the end-game now. The man with the money (or gold) has the REAL power and makes the rules. President Wilson thought he was doing a good thing when he signed the Federal Reserve Act in December 1913 (while most of Congress was away on X-mas break). It did not take him long to understand he had been deceived by the financial elitists of that day. He woefully repented of his mistake by admitting before he died that “I have destroyed my country”. He was right. Once the Banksters got control of our financial house, among other things they provoked WW1 to profit from the war as they put the nation into debt (as they had done many times previously in Europe, and since – notice the many wars designed to be sustained but never won). They established monetary policies to provoke flash depressions to their own ends, created the roaring ’20′s (remember the ’90′s) manipulated the stock market (and virtually stole control of everything that mattered), robbed Americans of their real wealth with taxes that are Unconstitutional (Wilson again 1913), stole our Gold at the height of the Depression (1933) and among many other things these Elitists have persuaded or groomed leader after leader to do their bidding by establishing policies that are destructive to the long term interests of this nation. Our schools are dumbed-down, Judeo-Christian values and heritage removed from the classroom (since 1962), immorality promoted and sustained, Judicial Branch filled with liberal activist lawyers and judges, all public schools, colleges and universities filled with liberal

  • Truth-Wise

    cont. >> We’re now enslaved us to what is destructive and divided one against another. We’re reaping what we’ve sown…. total disaster is not far off. Christ will return when things at their worst for the descendents of Israel (America, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, France, South Africa, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Ireland, Switzerland, part of Germany and of course, modern day Israel. The Great Tribulation (or time of Jacob’s Trouble) are within sight. Pray for insight and that you are granted repentance for your own sins (if you can even identify what sin is). Try reading the bible and letting it interpret its own words instead of trying to interpret it your own way or following others who do this. Time is short! May God have mercy on us all!!

  • yasseryousufi1

    From wikipedia.com,

    “Operation Northwoods, or Northwoods, was a series of false-flag operation proposals that originated within the United States government in 1962. The proposals called for Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) or other operatives to commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities and elsewhere. These acts of terrorism were to be blamed on Cuba in order to create public support for a war against that nation, which had recently become communist under Fidel Castro.[2] One part of Operation Northwoods was to “develop a Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington.”

    Operation Northwoods proposals included hijackings and bombings followed by the introduction of phony evidence that would implicate the Cuban government. It stated:

    “The desired resultant from the execution of this plan would be to place the United States in the apparent position of suffering defensible grievances from a rash and irresponsible government of Cuba and to develop an international image of a Cuban threat to peace in the Western Hemisphere.”

  • dawnfreligh

    The ultimate voice of the reason. Thank you so much Jordan.
    If I may, the US leadership, military, the media, with You guys are my Heros! May God Bless America!

    Speaking of that animal, he, or rather, it, didn’t think 44 years of vileness over Lybia and terror to the world was enough. It wants to stay a little longer!!!!!!!!

    This is what really ticks me off about the arab muslim “leaders”, they all seem to think that the countries they highjacked are their farms, grocery stores, and that they can do whatever they please with them. If it was not for Archangel UNITED STATES, that stands guard over the world and keeps an eye open, only God know what would have become of the poor muslim populations. As George W. Bush said: “smoke them out!” Now I really appreciate him.

    Thank you so much for your update and precious perspective Jordan.

    PS::: —Daniel 12:3—

  • dawnfreligh

    The ultimate voice of the reason. Thank you so much Jordan.
    If I may, the US leadership, military, the media, with You guys are my Heros! May God Bless America!

    Speaking of that animal, he, or rather, it, didn’t think 44 years of vileness over Lybia and terror to the world was enough. It wants to stay a little longer!!!!!!!!

    This is what really ticks me off about the arab muslim “leaders”, they all seem to think that the countries they highjacked are their farms, grocery stores, and that they can do whatever they please with them. If it was not for Archangel UNITED STATES, that stands guard over the world and keeps an eye open, only God know what would have become of the poor muslim populations. As George W. Bush said: “smoke them out!” Now I really appreciate him.

    Thank you so much for your update and precious perspective.

  • brandon091405

    “Apostle Paul wrote, ‘If possible, on your part, live at peace with everyone.’ We should strive to maintain peace but only to the extent that others are willing to be fellow collaborators for peace. ”

    Paul wrote that to the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, not to the governors, kings, and ruling human authorities on planet earth. We don’t need misinterpreted, decontextualized Bible verses to justify protecting innocent people from a madman. Are there some atheists, agnostics, hindus, buddhists, jews, or muslims opposing our military intervention in Libya because of their lack of belief in some specific aspect of the Christian value system? No Christian should ever have to do something that doesn’t make sense “just cuz the Bible says so”. What Christian has ever been in a situation where they did not know what Jesus would do? Common sense tells us WHAT do to in 99.99% of life situations, and through prayer the Holy Spirit tells us what to do in the remaining .01% . Filling up our spirits with God’s Word just gives us the supernatural strength to actually DO what Jesus would do in those situations.

  • Secular

    I am impressed Mr Skelow. At least you are not with the overwhelming majority of your ilk – the GOPers. While I may not agree with your conclusions, at leats in this context you are not a hypocrite, like rest of your friends. Their perspective is “I’am for ‘IT’, until Obama is for ‘IT’ too, then I am against ‘IT’. Vice-versa.”

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