Today’s declaration (£) by Barack Obama, David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy that Nato’s operation in Libya will continue
until Gaddafi leaves power marks a shift in their rhetoric and makes explicit that regime change is the war aim. This has led to calls to recall parliament, most notably from David Davis on the
World at One, to debate this change. Parliament merely voted to enforce the UN resolution which was not a mandate for regime change.
The government would be well advised to heed these requests. It would be the best way of maintaining the necessary political support for the mission.
Now that regime change is the explicit war aim, the allies must will the means. To do otherwise, would simply guarantee a humiliating and debilitating stalemate.