American appetite for involvement abroad might be waning, but Europe can’t get enough. A day after Britain announced it would send as many as 20 military advisers to Libya to aid rebels fighting Muammar Gaddafi, France and Italy have both announced that they, too, will dispatch officers to assist the ragtag band. It appears to be partly a reflection of growing concerns about the city of Misurata, which has been subject to a brutal siege by pro-Gaddafi forces, and may be the site of war crimes, allies allege. Meanwhile, it appears that one factor driving Gaddafi’s resilience could be fueled by illegal fuel shipments being moved through Tunisia—in defiance of international sanctions.
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