Here is Atlantic magazine’s take on the so-called genocide in Libya that is so driving Barack Obama to fury.
Rwanda was genocide. Libya is a civil war. The Rwandan genocide was a premeditated, orchestrated campaign. The Libyan civil war is a sudden, unplanned outburst of fighting. The Rwandan genocide was targeted against an entire, clearly defined ethnic group. The Libyan civil war is between a tyrant and his cronies on one side, and a collection of tribes, movements, and ideologists (including Islamists) on the other. The Rwandan genocidiers aimed to wipe out a people. The Libyan dictator aims to cling to power. The first is murder, the second is war. The failure to act in Rwanda does not saddle us with a responsibility to intervene in Libya.
Here is a contrary view which appears in Egyptian Chronicles
What is currently happening in Libya can only be described as a genocide , this is the only description that fits what Qaddafi and his regime is committing against the great people of Libya……………..People now are speaking about a death toll of 1000 in Tripoli only.The Qaddafi forces are attacking everybody even doctors who can’t do their job. There is a new of a horrible massacre committed at Tajura.
There is no doubt that Qaddafi is relying now on mercenaries more than anything , more and more Libyan army forces and even Libyan officials are turning against him. The nationalities of these mercenaries are making headlines , some say that pilots who flying these jets killing innocent people in streets are from Ukraine , some say from Israel while other say from Italy “as mercenaries” The mercenaries troops that are killing people is said to be from Chad and Ghana as we read that there were ads calling for guards to work in Libya in the past few days for $2000.