Wilkinson takes the humanitarian argument seriously:
What we really need is intelligent insight into the death and suffering intervention in Libya can be expected to prevent relative to other feasible options. That no one seems even to try to do this in a serious or systematic waythat it seems almost surprising when someone notes the existence of options "between sitting on our hands and launching something close to all-out war"suggests that objective humanitarian success isn't actually the guiding light of Operation Odyssey Dawn.
(Photo: A Libyan rebel stand on an unidentified tank near the key city of Ajdabiya on March 23, 2011 as loyalist forces have encircled the town. By Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images)