US and EU Agree That Gaddafi Must Go – But How?

The US and the EU have again called on the Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to step down.

No Agreement On What To Do Next

But the two bodies do not agree on what the next steps should be.

President Barack Obama said the US would take a wide range of actions to ensure Colonal Gaddafi surrendered power.

President Obama Speaks

He said the world had an obligation to prevent any massacre of civilians in Libya similar to those that took place in Rwanda and Bosnia during the 1990s. And he added that “we are slowly tightening the noose around Gaddafi” and “the bottom line is that I have not taken any options off the table at this point”.

From the BBC:

EU leaders meeting in Brussels agreed to “examine all necessary options” to protect the civilian population in Libya.

But what those necessary option should be was still a point of disagreement.
For one thing, they made no mention of imposing a no-fly zone over Libya in their final communique.

British and French leaders had wanted leaders of the European Union’s 27 member states to draw up plans to prepare to help the Libyan rebellion, including the possibility of a no-fly zone.

This would prevent pro-Gaddafi troops launching attacks from the air – currently the primary advantage the regime’s troops have as they push back the rebel forces.

The rebels had captured many eastern towns in recent weeks in an uprising that followed protests inspired by the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia.
But many other EU leaders were not keen on the idea of a no-fly zone.
President Obama suggested all options were on the table.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was “fundamentally sceptical” about military intervention in Libya in general and about no-fly zones in particular.
The final communique did not mention a no-fly zone, although it also did not rule it out.

“In order to protect the civilian population, member states will examine all necessary options, provided that there is a demonstrable need, a clear legal basis and support from the region,” the communique says.

France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy said nobody wanted military intervention but “it is clear that Europne is sending a message and did not want to exclude this option.”

But this would only happen, he said, with the support of the UN Security Council, the Arab League and the Libyan (rebel) authorities.

British Prime Minister Speaks Out

We continue to be appalled by the levels of violence in Libya and to call on Gaddafi to leave and his regime to end the violence against their own people,’ British Foreign Minister William Hague said.

But Can They Agree On One Action?

And so the discussion continues, while civilians continue to die in Libya.

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92 comments

jane richmond
jane richmond5 years ago

They agree on something! YAY!!! Now what?

John E.
John E5 years ago

The US and EU agree that Gaddafi must go ... No doubt the first move would be to enforce a No fly zone ...So ... what's happening?
Absolutely nothing ... except of course, Gaddafi continues on his merry way.
Could it be the western nations are not as keen on democracy as they pretend to be?
And the Saudis... perhaps they could operate the No-fly zone ... nope ... too busy sending soldiers into Bahrain to look after the royal family and protect them from their impoverished people.
So who gives a fig about democracy?
I would suggest no-one.
As someone once said ... "By their fruits ye shall know them."

Bernida Iqbal
Bernida Iqbal5 years ago

It is very sad to see the massacre of these poor civilians. They only want what we take for granted. Many countries included the Arab countries could have done something to help. God help these poor people. This just only goes to prove that those with money can do or buy anything.

Bernida Iqbal
Bernida Iqbal5 years ago

It is very sad to see the massacre of these poor civilians. They only want what we take for granted. Many countries included the Arab countries could have done something to help. God help these poor people. This just only goes to prove that those with money can do or buy anything.

Peg R.
Peg R5 years ago

Let them take care of their our business.

Matthew K.
Matthew K.5 years ago

In 1969 the United States Government felt that Gaddafi was sufficiently anti-Marxist to be worth protecting. Is it so ironic that America has consistently supported some of the worst Muslim dictators and then we wage war on them after decades of abuse. Gaddafi, Huissen, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, the bin Laden family. We just love our puppet dictators until they turn on us like rabid dogs.

monka blanke
M B5 years ago

The sooner Ghaddafi is stopped, the better, Obama and EU need
to dare taking what's necessary to stop him.

bob m.
bob m5 years ago

Another week and it's done...the "rebels are dead as well as half the rest of population and Gaddafi's back to his lady guards.
Seems that Obama and the choir will stomp their foot and play sanction games like monopoly,risk and snakes and ladders at the dachas of the financial temples.

bob m.
bob m5 years ago

Another week and it's done...the "rebels are dead as well as half the rest of population and Gaddafi's back to his lady guards.
Seems that Obama and the choir will stomp their foot and play sanction games like monopoly,risk and snakes and ladders at the dachas of the financial temples.

Geraldine H.
Gerri Hennessy5 years ago

About time ... this madman has to be stopped killing people!!!