NATO disavows attack on Qaddafi

Here’s a good indication that NATO has lost its way. After a NATO airstrike hit Moammar Qaddafi’s convoy, allowing anti-Qaddafi forces to bring him to his long-awaited end, NATO disavowed any intention to do so:

“At the time of the strike, NATO did not know that Qaddafi was in the convoy,” the statement said. “NATO’s intervention was conducted solely to reduce the threat towards the civilian population, as required to do under our UN mandate. As a matter of policy, NATO does not target individuals.”

The stupidity of this astounds me. The leader of the enemy forces is a legitimate military target, and killing him in all likelihood ends the war. But NATO would rather continue to see people die, combatants and civilians, rather than kill one man whose name they happen to know?

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