My June 17 Commonweal column asks some question about the whys and wherefores of "humanitarian intervention." Exactly how humanitarian has it been in Libya?When Libyas Muammar Qaddafi is finally deposed, the world may agree that alls well that ends well. But first, some questions: Why did France and Britain lead the way? Why did the United States join the effort? How humanitarian is this humanitarian intervention? Is Qaddafis fitting end being achieved by doubtful means?A somewhat wonky analysis of why "Qaddafi won't go: Libyan Limbo: Six reasons why it's been so tough to get Qaddafi to quit." Foreign Policy
Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages.