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Libya Bombing Draws Concern, Not Opposition, from Local Peace Groups

Activists are "watching suspiciously" to see whether U.S. involvement escalates

Libya Bombing Rebels War

When the United States bombs another country, the Bay Area can usually be counted on for a sizable, and angry, protest.

But three days into the U.S.-led bombing campaign against the forces of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, local peace activists have remained muted in their criticism of the Obama administration.

And the region has yet to see a major protest. 

"There's a lot of disquiet about it," said Norman Solomon, an author and activist who is currently exploring a run for the North Bay House seat held by Lynn Woolsey.

Right now, Solomon said, "there's a hope that it will end in a matter of days, but if it doesn't, I think we're going to see increasing concern."

Concern, rather than outright opposition, was expressed by most local activists interviewed by The Bay Citizen. 

"I'd love to see Gadhafi overthrown, but my concern is that as so often happens, we end up with mission creep," said Stephen Zunes, who directs the Middle Eastern Studies program at the University of San Francisco.

So far, U.S. military operations have gone beyond patrolling the skies.

Across Libya, the Defense Department said, American B-2 bombers have attacked Libyan airfields, flattening shelters housing Libyan warplanes, while 15 fighter jets from the U.S., Britain and France have hit Gadhafi’s ground forces on the outskirts of Benghazi.

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