The NATO-led action in Libya appears, fortunately, to have been successful. The rebels are largely in control of the country, deposed Libyan dictator Muammar Qadhafi's family is in exile, and the crazed leader himself is on the run. And no U.S. soldier had to fight on the ground to aid the rebels, a relief to those who were worried about getting the United States involved in a third expensive, bloody war.
But while the achieved goal was to avoid putting American troops on the ground, there is one exception that would be wonderful to witness. It would be great if it were a U.S. soldier who tracked down and captured Qadhafi. And it would be even better if it were a female soldier. [7 Challenges for Post-Qadhafi Libya]
Qadhafi, speaking from an undisclosed location, was defiant recently in announcing he would not surrender. As he so offensively noted:
If Libya goes up in flames, who will be able to govern it? Let it burn. We will fight in every valley, in every street, in every oasis, and every town. We won't surrender again; we are not women; we will keep fighting.
Now, there's a provocation—one that might cause thousands of peace-loving women everywhere to take up guns and head to Libya just to remind Qadhafi that women are not so powerless. It's bad enough that the Libyan strongman had some bizarre crush on former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (who, to be sure, could have made short work of Qadhafi all on her own). But to deliberately question the strength of women's will—well, that's foolish. Never mind the brave female soldiers who represent the U.S. military. Has he never seen an American eighth-grade girls' soccer game? He has no idea how determined American females are. His remarks are almost worse than those of the Kuwaitis who complained that the female U.S. soldiers who went to the Middle East under Operation Desert Storm were inappropriately wearing T-shirts. So sorry, gentlemen. Perhaps you'd like to defend your own country next time, instead of relying on the Americans? [See a collection of political cartoons on the turmoil in the Middle East.]
Qadhafi will soon be finished. Let's hope that in defeat and capture, he is met by throngs of women to witness his final humiliation.