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March 16, 2011

Arab League, Libya and skin in the game

Vassar College graduate Marc Thiessen and other muscular hawks repeat their call for war on Libya, in a March 15 letter to President Barack Obama. Two of the 38 signatories have served in some kind of uniform, by Suits & Sentences' count. On the other hand, some are lawyers, which provides the spurious legal affairs hook needed to justify this blog posting.

Which bring us to the Arab League's call for someone, anyone, to impose a no-fly zone on Libya. Say, how many airplanes does the Arab League have, anyway? Are they putting skin in the game?

Arab League member nation fighter planes:                            2,163

Arab League member nation fighter planes sent to Libya:        0

Here's the fighter plane breakdown:

Jordan: 101

United Arab Emirates: 80

Lebanon:    15

Saudi Arabia: 287

Egypt: 839

Morocco: 102

Algeria:    213

Sudan:    240

Tunisia:    56

Yemen:    230

 

 

 

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