"Whenever the power that is put in any hands for the government of the people, and the protection of our properties, is applied to other ends, and made use of to impoverish, harass or subdue them to the arbitrary and irregular commands of those that have it; there it presently becomes tyranny, whether those that thus use it are one or many". Libya was a tyrannical country fast becoming a failed state and a warzone in the world. The swift UN action, heralded by the UK and French troops and masterminds behind it, meant no lives were lost by our troops in Libya, in a war that was not for our freedom. Instead, we gave aid to promote democracy, freedom, tolerance and justice, values we claim to uphold. We fulfilled our bargain to have integrity as a nation. We have done what we ought to have done, nothing more.
I feel that the United States and the United Nations were justified to intervene in Libya because it is the duty of both to support people anywhere who are striving for democracy, freedom and independence, especially when breaking away from tyranny or a dictatorship. The people of Libya showed courage and a decided determination to achieve democracy and the U.S. and U.N. are justified to support them.
Libya is an unstable region and it is the responsibility of the united nations to stop in and resolve the issues. By intervening the UN saved thousands of lives and resolved the conflict. If we had not stepped in as a coalition there would probably still be fighting in northern Africa.
The plight of the Libyan people was horrible as it played out over television news and social networks. However, the United States had no business intervening in an internal struggle of the Libyan people. How come the same hasn't been done for Syria, currently in the middle of a bloody civil war? What about the Egyptians and their march to topple Hosni Mubarak? America can't fight one war while ignoring others.