UN approves no-fly zone over Libya
UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The U.N. Security Council on Thursday approved a no-fly zone over Libya and authorized “all necessary measures” to protect civilians from attacks by Moammar Gadhafi’s forces.
The action came as the Libyan leader was poised to make a final push against rebels holding out in Bengazhi, Libya’s second largest city.
The vote in the 15-member council was 10-0 with five abstentions, including Russia and China.
The United States, France and Britain had pushed for speedy approval.
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UN approves no-fly zone over Libya
Well, I am SO glad that the United Nations got it in gear and decided to act while the Libyan rebels were in control and pushing Moammar Gadhafi’s forces back.
I would hate to see Gadhafi’s forces have a chance to regroup, strengthen their forces and counterattack the rebels with massive air strikes and such.
Wait…Gadhafi’s forces did strengthen and counterattack the rebels with massive air strikes and such. Did the United Nations not get that memo?
I do NOT bite my words in say this, I am firmly convinced that the United Nations is THE most useless organization on the face of this earth. And given the fact that WE have Obama as POTUS, saying the U.N. is that useless is really saying something.
French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said if the resolution was approved, France would support military action against Gadhafi within hours. The U.S. said it was preparing for action. Several Arab nations were expected to provide backup.
Given the less than rapid response by the Obama regime, and the U.N. itself, given the less than stellar response by ALL parties involved, will there be any Libyan rebels left to save? Any that are willing, or able to fight on given the fact that they were hung out to dry?
Not to be a harbinger of doom, but, this must be said, our involvement in Iraq started as a no-fly zone thing, I hope we don’t end up with boots on the ground in Libya. I would hate for Obama to be accused of swapping blood for oil.
That is, after all, what the libbers said about Bush when we went to Iraq. Strangely, we haven’t seen ANY Iraqi oil in the U.S.
Surely the libbers weren’t *gasp* wrong?
Gadhafi vowed to launch a final assault on Benghazi and crush the rebellion as his forces advanced toward the city and warplanes bombed its airport Thursday.
As I said above, it’s a good thing the U.N. acted so swiftly. Yes, that IS sarcasm…
Gadhafi said in an interview broadcast Thursday on Portuguese public broadcaster Radiotelevisao Portuguesa that he rejected any U.N. threats of action.
Even Gadhafi knows, the U.N. is useless. This battle is all but done, the U.N. has weighed in far too late to affect the outcome, unless they do more than support a no-fly zone, one that most likely will be flown by U.S. military planes, at OUR expense.
He warned that any military action would be construed as “colonization without any justification” and would have “grave repercussions.”
OK, Saddam said pretty much the same thing, WMDs, death from above, the mother of all wars, these guys are great with rhetoric, but short on results when faced with a modern, and well equipped military. They can bully, and slaughter militias and insurgencies, especially ones that have NO air power, but, just like with Saddam, if this is done right, Gadhafi could be swinging on the end of a rope soon.
The text of the resolution calls on nations to “establish a ban on all flights in the airspace of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya in order to help protect civilians.”
It also authorizes U.N. member states to take “all necessary measures … to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, including Benghazi, while excluding a foreign occupation force of any form on any part of Libyan territory.”
Too little, too late I fear.
A motivated rebellion was taking place in Libya, these people were, to all outward appearances, true freedom fighters. Gadhafi has rallied his forces and is, as I type this, extracting his revenge on those that opposed him. A no-fly zone is a moot point once the battle has been won. Libyan ground forces can easily take apart the remaining rebels, even without air support.
And in the spirit of fair and balanced, who’s to say that had they been victorious, these rebels would not have become a radical Muslim force, one sworn to kill us, one bound to Sharia law?
It can happen. Iraq was supposed to be a walk in the park once Saddam was deposed.
Just pointing out the obvious…