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Ever wonder which of the events in your life your children will look back on and be appalled by? Look around – you are living through one right this minute.

On March 19, the United Nations, international peacekeeping organization, bounded over its designed circumference into the Libya’s intranational civil war.

According to their website, the UN’s purpose is “maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights.”

A civil war, as defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is a war between opposing groups of citizens of the same country.

Where do these two things intersect? Where is the call for international policing when a nation wars against itself?

Certainly, one of the functions of the UN is to “promote democracy” and fight “crimes against humanity.” Yes, Moammar Ghaddafi is killing his own people. That’s war. War is ugly, and we hate death.

But not every war is a “crime against humanity.” Sometimes evil has to be fought, and it needs to be fought by those who suffer under it.

When people revolt against a dictator, they have to fight for freedom. If the UN wins this war for the Libyan revolutionaries, Libya is not victorious – the UN is.

While we watched coverage of the bombings last month, we wondered, “What will they do next? Go out to the backyard and start breaking open cocoons so the caterpillars can become butterflies quicker?”

In 1954, 51 nations came together, fresh out of a worldwide war, to work together to make peace on Earth. They called themselves the United Nations.

Those nations, including yours, are now dropping bombs on a country that is of no international threat. There is no genocide. There are no weapons of mass destruction.

Nor are there any clear objectives in this fight. Is it certain that the government of these rebel forces we are helping will be more democratic than Ghaddafi’s? How long will we be participating? At what point do we pull out? Where is the funding for these attacks? Why aren’t we more upset about this?

Questions are constantly circulating about our presence in Iraq. If Iraqi freedom is not our business, neither is Libyan freedom.

We will never stop hating oppression and always demand human rights around the world. But it is for the people of a country to choose and fight for their system of governance. It is not for us to force-feed them what we deem best.

Breaking open cocoons does not help caterpillars. It kills butterflies.

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