It is pathetic that agencies and statesmen of the international community continue to describe the events in Libya as a civil war. This is why only sanctions have been agreed upon at the Security Council of the United Nations. Gaddafi and his hired henchmen are murdering and detaining innocent Libyans. This is not a civil war in a contemporary sense, this is an illegal slaughter of civilians peacefully protesting. My assertion of that is backed up by no less an authority than Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, for the Human Rights Council. She said “We are trying to respond in real time to the crisis and of course to avoid the civil war that we fear”. That statement is unequivocal: This is not a civil war rather than an ugly and illegal attempt at crushing a peaceful attempt to overthrow the regime by mass murder and doubtless other sickening, violent crimes.
There is little doubt that we live in a world that is fraught with inhumanity and injustice, but if democracy is about anything it is truth and justice. The systematic repression and slaughter by a state of its people cannot be deemed a civil war and International bodies such as the UN must get in step with the new world order and take more robust steps than sanctions, such as a ‘no-fly’ zone.