Thursday, 24 March 2011

Women in combat
Good to see the Marines being open to this discussion on gender equity. Actually, female soldiers around the world are already serving under "non-combat" vocations like signals, medics, intelligence, etc.

These vocations are already practically frontline deployments. Hope to see the day when they are allowed to serve in all vocations.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

The perils of the "CNN effect"

CTV News
Note: this video predates the UN approval of it's "take all necessary measures" resolution.

Really glad to see a media company readily admitting that not everything is what it seems, and that it's own presence is potentially affecting the conflict. Some quotes from the clip (This is the only way to document the video until I find a way to save Flash videos).
"Each day, each battle here, invites different versions of the truth."

"This is a conflict where credible information is at a premium."

"What we've a shoot off assault rifles, anti-aircraft guns, even those SA-7 shoulder-to-air missiles. They do it out of paranoia, but mostly just for the cameras."

Libya conundrum

Of old wine, new bottles, eggs and omelets: Humanitarian Intervention Redux | Kings of War
A concise blog post that looks beyond what most mainstream media mistakenly call "enforcing a no fly zone"

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Security Council Approves ‘No-Fly Zone’ over Libya

Security Council Approves ‘No-Fly Zone’ over Libya, Authorizing ‘All Necessary Measures’ to Protect Civilians, by Vote of 10 in Favour with 5 Abstentions

Operation Odyssey Dawn has begun quickly after UN approval of resolution 1973. A snippet of the text below.
“Protection of civilians

“4. Authorizes Member States that have notified the Secretary-General, acting nationally or through regional organizations or arrangements, and acting in cooperation with the Secretary-General, to take all necessary measures, notwithstanding paragraph 9 of resolution 1970 (2011), to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, including Benghazi, while excluding a foreign occupation force of any form on any part of Libyan territory, and requests the Member States concerned to inform the Secretary-General immediately of the measures they take pursuant to the authorization conferred by this paragraph which shall be immediately reported to the Security Council;

“5. Recognizes the important role of the League of Arab States in matters relating to the maintenance of international peace and security in the region, and bearing in mind Chapter VIII of the Charter of the United Nations, requests the Member States of the League of Arab States to cooperate with other Member States in the implementation of paragraph 4;