Update on US UN invasion of Libya

Posted: March 18, 2011 in Africa, USA
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This is sick and disgusting. We have several sovereign nations in revolution right now. Who do we pick on? The one with the most problems just handing over their oil to us.

U.N. Security Council Authorizes No-Fly Zone in Libya

The United Nations Security Council approved a resolution Thursday evening authorizing a no-fly zone over Libya and other military action against Libya, as the Obama administration worked to ready plans to enforce  a no-fly zone with help from Arab and European allies.

The vote was 10-0 with five abstentions, including Russia, Germany and China.

Libya, in turn, said the security council decision was not worth the paper it was written on, reported Al Jazeera according to Reuters.

The United States, France and Britain pushed for speedy approval because Muammar al-Qaddafi’s forces are advancing toward opposition-held Benghazi. The Libyan leader vowed Thursday night to oust the rebels from their eastern stronghold.

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said if the resolution was approved, France would support military action against Qaddafi within hours. The U.S. said it was preparing for action

Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., said the decision sends a “strong message” to Qaddafi that the violence against his own people must stop.

“This resolution was designed to do two important things,” she said after the vote. “Protect civilians as well as strengthen the pressure on the Qaddafi regime through a substantial tightening of sanctions.”

Congressional officials, speaking after a briefing for members of the Senates, said they expected the U.S. effort to enforce a no-fly zone and ground Qaddafi’s air force could begin within a few days.

In an interview broadcast just before the Security Council voted, Qaddafi dismissed its actions. “The U.N. Security Council has no mandate. We don’t acknowledge their resolutions,” he told the Portuguese public Radiotelevisao Portuguesa. He pledged to respond harshly to U.N.-sponsored attacks. “If the world is crazy, we will be crazy too, he said.

Earlier Thursday, Libya’s defense ministry warned that any military action against the Qaddafi regime will be met with retaliatory strikes on air and sea traffic in the Mediterranean region.

Reuters reported that a statement by the regime of Qaddafi broadcast on Libyan television warned that “the Mediterranean basin will face danger not just in the short-term, but also in the long term.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday that a U.N. no-fly zone over Libya “requires certain actions taken to protect the planes and the pilots, including bombing targets like the Libyan defense systems.”

The move comes as Qaddafi forces have made “significant strides” against the rebels in Libya. Qaddafi forces said it would cease military operations on Sunday to give rebels a chance to surrender, without giving further details about the offer, Reuters reported, citing Al Arabiya TV.

The Obama administration had said it would not act without Security Council authorization, though it would be willing to cooperate on measures “short of boots on the ground.”  



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