Letter Of The Week - Military action is ‘ill thought out’

Libyan rebels flee as shelling from Gadhafi's forces start landing on the frontline outside of Bin Jawaad, 150 km east of Sirte, central Libya
Libyan rebels flee as shelling from Gadhafi's forces start landing on the frontline outside of Bin Jawaad, 150 km east of Sirte, central Libya

AS a representative of Fleetwood, Wyre and the North West, I want my constituents to know that I am increasingly concerned about this country’s involvement in Libya.

I believe the military intervention is ill-thought out, unjustified and unprepared.

The War coalition has no coherent strategy for North Africa and the Middle East, and is walking into a chaotic situation about which it knows little.

It is rash, to say the least, for ill-equipped soldiers and airmen of this country to be led into an open-ended commitment which frighteningly reminds us of Afghanistan.

There is no exit strategy or even clear objectives in this war.

We have rushed headfirst into Libya.... but where does it stop?

Should we also go into Yemen, Bahrain and then Syria?

The reality is that it is difficult to differentiate between the worthiness of rebels and leaders in different countries.

The situation in Libya could drag on for years and there is uncertainty whether Colonel Gaddafi is actually a legitimate target who could legitimately be killed in a military strike.

This is a hugely expensive campaign, money we cannot afford and the vast majority of people in this country do not support.

It is not acceptable for British forces to be put in harm’s way to protect Libyan rebels and civilians.

And just why are we there, is it for humanitarian reasons, is it for regime change?

Paul Nuttall, UK Independence Party North West MEP