The latest military action rekindles hope that the words Arabs heard from President Obama at Cairo University were not hollow and that his call for "a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world" was genuine.
It's been suggested that the Libyan intervention could "easily pass the $1 billion mark." Only in Washington would $1 billion be considered a minor cost, but in the context of annual military spending, it's a relatively modest sum.
For Libyans who have risked their lives in the name of democracy, the fates have engineered a beneficent reversal as radical as any in history. It's unclear, however, what the ultimate outcome of the allies' intervention will be for democracy.
A no-fly zone in Libya feeds the dangerous fantasy that every problem has a military solution. That the answer to the use of force is the use of more force. That if a hammer doesn't drive that nail in, try a howitzer.
Excluding the First Iraq War, the no-fly zone operation is almost a Security Council first since the Korean War sixty some years ago, a resolution which only succeeded at that time because the Russian Delegation inexplicably walked out and absented itself.