Viewpoint: America can’t afford more enemies

By on November 5, 2013

“Stop us from going to war in Syria? No problem,! We’ll conduct a few anti-terrorism raids in Somalia and Libya.” – White House spokesman.

Okay, so maybe that’s not exactly what the White House said in their official statement, but that’s exactly how the world perceived it.

On October 4, 2013, the United States orchestrated two anti-terrorist operations: one in Somalia and the other in a rebel-influenced Libya, the latter being much more successful. Both raids were conducted in African countries, showing the power and reach of the American military.

In the wake of the Kenyan mall massacre, Al-Shabaab, an offshoot of Al-Qaeda, took responsibility of the attack on the mall. The United States responded by sending members of the Navy SEAL team to coordinate a raid and exchanged gunfire with militants and senior leaders of Al-Shabaab. To our disappointment, the SEAL team had to withdraw before it could achieve its goal­­. Yes, that also means no sequel of Zero Dark Thirty for the movie fanatics.

However, we do have something to rejoice. At the same time, American troops, the F.B.I., and the C.I.A. held a joint effort to successfully capture Abu Anas al-Libi, a Libyan militant who has been indicted in the 1998 bombings of the United States embassies in Kenya­­– a trophy for the Department of Defense to boast about.

We haven’t heard a statement from Somalia yet, but the Libyan government, who has made it clear that they want NOTHING to do with Western involvement, wasn’t too happy. Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, who was recently kidnapped by radical rebels, stated, “The Libyan government is following the news of the kidnapping of a Libyan citizen who is wanted by U.S. authorities. [We have] contacted U.S. authorities to ask them to provide an explanation.”

So what does this mean? Well, in simple terms, the United States does what it wants. Instead of waiting for an action taken by the two countries or even a reply, the United States acted on what they deemed necessary, without the approval of Congress itself. Its excuse? We aren’t using drones anymore. At least that’s what the statement by Secretary of State John Kerry made it seem like earlier this week.

The Western world is in a middle of turmoil. The United States can’t afford to make any more enemies, especially in the Middle East/African region, and using combative force without the diplomatic permission of nations isn’t the right way to do it.

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