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BREAKING: U.N. Approves No Fly Zone Over Libya

BREAKING: U.N. Approves No Fly Zone Over Libya

The United Nations Security Council voted Thursday evening in New York to impose a no fly zone over Libya. The resolution passed 10 to 0 with 5 abstentions. Members abstaining included China, Russia and Germany, as had been anticipated.

The resolution authorizes “all necessary means” to prevent “the slaughter of civilians” a diplomat told CNN. What that means is the Security Council has approved not only the no fly zone, but any measure short of a ground invasion.

MSNBC reports:

Thousands of anti-Gadhafi protesters cheered and let off fireworks on Friday to celebrate the vote. Al Jazeera television showed the crowd firing guns in the air, setting off fireworks and waving flags from the monarchy era in celebration.

According to CNN:

In a radio address aired on Libyan state TV, Gadhafi criticized residents of Benghazi and called them “traitors” for seeking help from outsiders.

U.S. military officials have said that a no-fly zone would typically be enforced by fighter jets whose speed and altitude make it difficult to target Gadhafi’s helicopters and that it would not halt the heavy artillery the regime is using on the ground.

A draft version of a proposed resolution goes beyond a no-fly zone. It includes language saying U.N. member states could “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.”

It also condemns the “gross and systematic violation of human rights, including arbitrary detentions, enforced disappearances, torture and summary executions.”

The Guardian reported that in a defiant and menacing radio address hours before the Security Council vote, Gaddafi threatened Libyans in the rebel center of Benghazi. “No more fear, no more hesitation, the moment of truth has come,” he declared in an attempt top pre-empt the U.N. “There will be no mercy. Our troops will be coming to Benghazi tonight.” Gaddafi also warned that any attack on Libya would endanger air and sea traffic in the Mediterranean.

Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam predicted the government forces would retake Benghazi in 48 hours and any international help would come too late.

The BBC reports that British forces “could be in action by Friday.” Senior U.N. sources told the BBC that “British and French war planes could be in the air within hours to carry out initial air raids on Libyan positions, possibly with logistical support from Arab allies.”

And MSNBC says:

Military action could include France, Britain, possibly the United States and one or more Arab states, the French diplomatic sources said.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the issue publicly, said France foresees a “coalition of the willing” that would include support from Arab states but would not involve a ground operation.

For more Care2 coverage on the conflicts in North Africa and the Middle East, click here.

 

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4:47AM PDT on Apr 6, 2011

well...

9:31PM PDT on Mar 20, 2011

Why so many people have to died before WE do something, as humans we are worst than savages, since we always see the political advantage. Do not blame Obama since HE has back stab many of his followers. Never the less HE has done the right thing, it is time to take down low lifes like Cadaffi and coohorts. Let us hit him hard and leave, not stayed andmake the mistake like Iraq and other places.
God bless and protect the arm forces of all the participants.

3:14AM PDT on Mar 20, 2011

Many would hope and pray that some good comes out of this war as everyone is a looser in human,animal and environment terms.eg One hopes that European women,British,English etc who married Libyans and saw thier children being taken and kept in Libya with no right to bring them back to UK/EU and be brought up as islamic children and girls to be married off to man chosen by the family will be allowed to be free and choose thier own destiny and also have access and liberty to visist thier other halfs of parenthood ,once Libya becomes a democracy.
On the otherhand,many would wonder and ponder that UK which is near bankrupt and is slashing public services,charges studnets fees who have to struggle to get education and be burdened with debt has found money for war and without seeking funding approval or Parliamentray debate or vote on the war as action has already begun and debate will only take place to-morrow after tthe event and before Iraq Inquiry under chilcott which cost an arm and a leg is published.
also on wider,issue,why are the coalition only intervene in the name of the world ,when it is mainly white European Judo Chrsitian in the melee whilst Russia,China,Brazail,Germany which are more then half the world refused to bakc the intervention?Indeed,intervention on humanitarina grounds is justified where ever in the world they are being slaughtered and by whomsoever.But as an English lady said,just like Iraq,population can quickly turn against us once one lot is removed b

8:00PM PDT on Mar 19, 2011

This is OUTRAGEOUS!!! Bad enough we are in iraq & afganistan now were are in conflict #3. Soon we will be out of soldiers to fight these OIL WARS. I SAY LET THEM FIGHT THEIR OWN BATTLES. WHERE IN THE HELL IS THE REST OF THE ARAB WORLD ?? We don't belong there they don't want us there we are after CHRISTIAN INFIDELS!!! Let them kill each other save us the trouble later when they start blowing us up again. Oh how quickly we forget-- they were dancing in the streets on 9/11!!!

4:29PM PDT on Mar 19, 2011

Only a couple of months and thousands of lives late.

12:59PM PDT on Mar 19, 2011

Jan W
And how many decades this was when your husband worked in Libya? In 1950 Japan was one of the poorest planets on the planet (after the 1945 atomic bombimgs). Japan today is one of the wealthiest countries in the world.
Do not be fooled by the propaganda. Libya is an oil-rich country & the people living there have a very very high standard of living, even higher than in the US. Ok let me say it another way. Majority Libyans are extremely rich. The people are NOT suffering. How can they be poor when the US & most countries send billions down there each year for their oil?

But same as there are people in the US (& in practically all countries in the world) who sleep on sidewalks & eat out of garbage cans, & there are greedy businessment cutting corners, so there is in Libya. But just like in the US these are just a minority. have u ever heard of anyone trying to evacuate from Libya...except in these recent days because of the protests?

Well there is an update in the news that the UN & the US are attacking Libya now so your husband will be right in the next couple of weeks. The proverty will start. Billions will be thrown into this skirmish & the recession in the world will be extended for another few years.

7:56AM PDT on Mar 19, 2011

As usual with any joint/UN action-too little and too late. Of course that may be exactly what the President intended and if so, good for him.

Looking at the President's mutterings and fumbling on this issue, it's clear he thought the usual word war would suffice until Libya was settled one way or another. This is not a man who is decisive except in words, the record is clear there and again was proved here.

Now I was pleasantly surprised to see a DoD admission included however that tried to explain the real limitations of this proposed action. That is a first I believe though a limited one of getting someone with military expertise on a military subject here.

No fly zones burn up fuel, aircraft, and pilots. Fast movers also need secured landing areas...any idea yet where that will come from yet? Unless Morocco steps up it'll have to be quite a ways away from the targeted area. I again ask who will pay for it, who will make up the forces (actual patrolling aircraft, combat control/air refueling-support birds, ground support/pararescue, etc? Who will command?

The answer of course is us except for command. God grant the poor squids, zoomies, or jarheads who make up this fool's errand will get a NATO commander at least-preferably a Brit who tend to be pretty good. Most likely some politically connected idiot from a non NATO/non real military country...

Still what ROEs will prevail, how long will we be there and what do we really hope to accomplish Mr Presi

3:11AM PDT on Mar 19, 2011

It seems to be taking just about as long to implement the resolution ... for some reason.

Pro-Gaddafi forces enter Benghazi
BBC News - ‎3 minutes ago‎

10:42PM PDT on Mar 18, 2011

There was a reason for the delay. Old fashioned politics of the international kind. They didn't want to put the resolution forward until any veto threat was neutralised.

8:54PM PDT on Mar 18, 2011

I don't understand what took them so long. Those poor, brave people deserved better from the rest of the world!

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