Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Arab alliance against Gadhafi: How unusual?

Rebel supporters cheer during a celebratory rally after the United Nations approved a no-fly zone over the country on March 18, 2011, in Tobruk, Libya.
Rebel supporters cheer during a celebratory rally after the United Nations approved a no-fly zone over the country on March 18, 2011, in Tobruk, Libya.

The military action by the United States and its allies against the forces of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi likely would not have gone forward without support from Arab nations. But how unusual is such support?

During a roundtable segment on the March 20, 2011, edition of ABC’s This Week with Christiane Amanpour, Robin Wright -- a veteran diplomatic correspondent who’s now a scholar at the U.S. Institute of Peace --  said there had not been such a broad Arab coalition against a fellow Arab leader since the Persian Gulf War in 1990-1991.

We wondered whether Wright was correct. So we looked into it.

We found that Wright is correct, so we rated her statement True.