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Kevin Myers

Published 22/03/2011 | 08:53

An RAF Typhoon jet fighter takes off from Gioia del Colle air base near Bari, southern Italy, for a mission over Libya
An RAF Typhoon jet fighter takes off from Gioia del Colle air base near Bari, southern Italy, for a mission over Libya

ALL things considered, it was rather thoughtful of the Libyan rebels in Benghazi to shoot down their only fighter aircraft on Saturday, killing the poor unfortunate pilot.

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Otherwise, the British and French aircraft enforcing the UN-endorsed no-fly zone might have been obliged to do it instead. No doubt that's not quite what the UN intended, but it's the kind of thing that happens when well-intended and ill-worded UN resolutions policies have the weight of "international law" behind them.

But why should the internationally accredited government of Libya, hitherto recognised by the UN and just about every country in the world, adhere to a ceasefire demanded by the UN when it is putting down an armed insurrection within its borders? Did not the United Kingdom not do much the same in Northern Ireland? Did not the Irish Free State in 1922/23? Did not the US so deal with the Confederacy after Fort Sumter? As did Russia with Chechnya, and China with Tibet? And as for the UN Resolution 1973, "Deploring the continuing use of mercenaries by the Libyan authorities", one might ask: What? You mean like the Gurkhas? Or the French Foreign Legion? Or the Swiss Guards?

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