The Arab Spring and a Global 911

On March 17th the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution authorizing UN members to “take all necessary measures” to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack in Libya. I was giving a speech in the United Arab Emirates at the time and had a ring side seat to the very positive Arab response to the “no fly zone.”

I wonder what they are thinking now that a peaceful protest movement has morphed into a civil war. Thousands of civilians have been killed, about 300,000 displaced, and according to the UN, 750,000 have fled the county. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s forces have pounded the city of Misurata while NATO warplanes continue to strike targets in the capital city of Tripoli. But lost amidst this flame and fury is the simple concept that the Libyan population should be protected.

When governments are willing to use tanks, helicopters, artillery and automatic weapons to brutally silence peaceful dissent — as is in Libya, Syria, Yemen and Bahrain — the ability to deploy overwhelming ground forces could be the only means to actually protect civilians while driving repressive dictators to step down. Unfortunately, such a force does not exist.

Back in Abu Dhabi, Arab policy makers I spoke to — weary of military engagements led by the United States and the West — opposed any NATO ground intervention in Libya, even to protect civilians. When I asked if Gulf State nations could do the job, the general response was that “we have our hands full at home.” But when asked if a truly “international force flying the UN flag” made up of all nationalities and religions deployed to protect civilians was acceptable, the response was positive. A permanent UN peacekeeping force also has the support of 64% of Americans.

The international community must have better tools to accomplish this mission. Now is the time to seriously consider creating a global 911 service that can rapidly, credibly and legitimately respond when a government uses its military to violently smash peaceful protest. The best proposal for would be the creation of a UN Emergency Peace Service designed to complement existing peace operations.

The plan calls for the UN to individually recruit, train and employ 10,000-20,000 personnel with a wide range of skills, including civilian police, military, judicial experts and relief professionals. It is designed to ensure that missions would not fail due to a lack of skills, equipment, cohesiveness, experience in resolving conflicts, or gender, national or religious imbalance. With UN Security Council approval in hand, this force would have the legitimacy to enter countries in conflict and deter mass atrocities.

U.S. Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo this week told the UN Security Council that we have a limited “window of opportunity” to capitalize on cooperation to protect civilians. She called for “lasting improvements in our response to crises…for the sake of the innocent men, women, and children who rely on our collective action to defend them.”

The creation of a global 911 should not be put off. It should be debated and created immediately. In the meantime the United States should support the deployment of UN peacekeepers on the ground to protect civilians; provision of food, water, medicine and shelter for displaced Libyans; and UN sponsored elections to bring democracy and a legitimate government. Click here to learn more and take action.

At its heart, the Arab Spring seeks to replace the law of force with the force of law. This is the vision that will bring peace to the region and great security to our world.


Don Kraus is the Chief Executive Officer of Citizens for Global Solutions. Citizens for Global Solutions is a national member driven movement that empowers and educates people to be engaged global citizens.

Photo courtesy of United Nations Photo.
NOTE: This is a guest post from Don Kraus, the Chief Executive Officer of Citizens for Global Solutions.

38 comments

Terry Vanderbush
Terry V6 years ago

thanks

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jane richmond
jane richmond7 years ago

thanks

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Rosie Lopez
Rosie Lopez7 years ago

thanks for the article

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Ron S.
Ron spiker7 years ago

The US and our military industrial complex should never be used to be a police force for the World. It was wrong to go into Iraq to get rid of a Dictator just because the US gov/t thought it was just to do so. It is also wrong for the UN to ask other countries to invade other countries. Afganistan was just because there was no legal government there. If countries want new governments then let them rebel and take the country otherwise it is not up to the US to go around and do the UN bidding. We should pull out of the UN or change its charter. The UN should be avisory only and not be an actual governing body. Help the poor through humanitariean efforts but not allow the UN to be involved in military or tell other countries what is correct or not correct.
The countries with the majority of citizens who follow Islam will never have true Republics or Democracies because Islam does not teach nor desire free will. Let them have their way in their countries but stay in their countries not emmigrate to western countries unless they give up Islam.

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Mabolsa Ritchie
Mabolsa Ritchie7 years ago

@ Michael C

" i am the last person to not try to rehabilitate those incarcerated but don't they monitor what you write"

Seriously Michael, WTF is that about? I think you need to talk to your doctor about increasing the dosage of your medicine! It's really not working now!

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Michael C.
Michael C7 years ago

Ritchie , i am the last person to not try to rehabilitate those incarcerated but don't they monitor what you write. You know in defense of the public good, please don't become a stalker.

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Mabolsa Ritchie
Mabolsa Ritchie7 years ago

@ Michael C.

I had actually started a reply to you, but I read your posts again and the plain fact is, you’re just not worth wasting my time on. What a load of crap you wrote, and yet you still had the cheek to accuse me of being intoxicated when I wrote mine.

I can assure you I am perfectly lucid. You on the other hand are clearly not quite all there.

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Mabolsa Ritchie
Mabolsa Ritchie7 years ago

@ Yasser A.

""Mabolsa Ritchie", this is one of the racist comments that I ever read in Care2, before you talk about islam brutally did you read anything about islam or did you understand islam faith?"

Actually, yes. I have read plenty about islam including the koran. It is thoroughly evil. And let's get another thing perfectly clear yasser. It is NOT racist to oppose a religion. You're cries of racism are yet more examples of islamic oppression, trying to silence those who know about your evil death cult and will speak out against it.

Do you think it is unreasonable of me to ask for the oil rich arab countries to spend their money on aid for their fellow muslims?

You are playing the victim card again, as muslims do so well.

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Michael C.
Michael C7 years ago

Continued from below:

Title: Corrections Officier - Internment/Resettlement Specialist
Job Description
As an Internment/Resettlement Specialist for the Army National Guard, you will ensure the smooth running of military confinement/correctional facility or detention/internment facility, similar to those duties conducted by civilian Corrections Officers. This will require you to know proper procedures and military law; and have the ability to think quickly in high-stress situations. Specific duties may include assisting with supervision and management operations; providing facility security; providing custody, control, supervision, and escort; and counseling individual prisoners in rehabilitative programs.

By joining this specialty, you will develop the skills that will prepare you for a rewarding career with law enforcement agencies or in the private security field.

If i had not known that the above came out of the HomeLand of Insecurity, i would have thought the Mossad.

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Michael C.
Michael C7 years ago

Amanda,

Thank you for reviewing my comments, given that yours had the resonance of a White House staffer or possibly Homeland of Insecurity (Keeping America safe from democracy and freedom for 11 years) or was it NSA.

I totally agree that such a force should be able to respond quickly, might i suggest, that troops be stationed regionally and rotated often. Too much familiarity, breeds deceit. As you grow, ye shall learn.

The problem of acting too FAST is on who's orders, on that debauchery we call the US Command, another one of those "we know he has "weapons of mass distraction", That one was for you!

On the last point, that point was a give away, are you with the HomeLand of Insecurity or NSA, you comment sounded as though it was written by White House Staffers.
Please let me refer you to a recent recruitment by your GOV.

Title: Corrections Officier - Internment/Resettlement Specialist
Job Description
As an Internment/Resettlement Specialist for the Army National Guard, you will ensure the smooth running of military confinement/correctional facility or detention/internment facility, similar to those duties conducted by civilian Corrections Officers. This will require you to know proper procedures and military law; and have the ability to think quickly in high-stress situations. Specific duties may include assisting with supervision and management operations; providing facility security; providing custody, control, supervision, and escort; and counseling in

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