Afraid of NATO killing civilians in Libya? The New York Times editorial page (4/8/11) sees the way forwardby ramping up the war:
There is a much better option: the American A-10 and AC-130 aircraft used earlier in the Libya fighting and still on standby status….
But no other country has aircraft comparable to AmericaÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢”Å¡Â¬ÃƒÂ¢”Å¾Â¢s A-10, which is known as the Warthog, designed to attack tanks and other armored vehicles, or to the AC-130 ground-attack gunship, which is ideally suited for carefully sorting out targets in populated areas.
AC-130s were used frequently in the Iraq War, particularly in the bloody fight in the city of Fallujah–whichwas notoften characterized by the careful sorting of targets. The Timesestablished a record of downplaying the civilian deaths there, which might help explain why their editorial page has such faith inthecareful sorting properties oftheseaircraft.