Local and National Reaction to the Bombing of Libya

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As the U.S. embarks on a series of bombings as part of a United Nations-sanctioned allied force, rebels on the ground in Libya cheer. Their supporters in Ohio and around the world see hope. But many analysts are less hopeful, less sure of what constitutes success in Libya.

Hear issues raised by the bombing in Libya with The Nation Managing Editor Roane Carey and OSU Military History Professor Peter Mansoor, Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired).

Also hear from local businessman Homdi Soliman, who is organizing Central Ohio supporters in solidarity with protestors in Libya trying to overthrow the Gaddafi regime.

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Online statement by Roane Carey, managing editor at The Nation:
“…While we have deep misgivings about the intervention, we do recognize the legitimacy of standing with the Libyan people against Qaddafi’s repression. As we spelled out in our editorial (on our website since Friday), there’s much to criticize about the Obama administration’s approach – and we’ll be saying more about that in our editorial this week – but the administration has at least gotten some things right, in the sense that it let others lead the way and deferred to international institutions like the Arab League and the UNSC.”

Peter Mansoor the General Raymond E. Mason, Jr. Chair of Military History at Ohio State University, a position he assumed after a 26 year career in the U.S. Army, which culminated in his service in Iraq as the executive officer to General David Petraeus during the period of the surge in 2007-2008.

Homdi Soliman was born and raised in Libya, and has been actively speaking against the Ghadafi regime since he was 12 years old. He moved to the United States in 1981 to attend high school and college, and was granted political asylum here in the mid-1980s. Soliman did not return to Libya until 2008.  He returned again in 2009, and he made his latest visit in January, 2011.

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