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It has happened before and it will happen again. And who will suffer? Those following orders. And those people in Lybia.
So a trusted intermediary made an appeal to me: Could NATO or the United States assure safe passage to Malta if the ships were to declare that they are no longer obeying Qaddafi orders?
Perhaps it's that optimism that leads Rahma to contradict demands some of her fellow Libyans have been making in the past week for European Union or NATO forces to intervene in the conflict and end it faster. "This is something Libyans must do without outside help," she says. Intervention may turn Libya into "the next Iraq or Afghanistan." "We ask and will gratefully accept economic and development aid and help to reconstruct the country. But we need to do this on our own, without foreign intervention."