U.N. Backs No Fly Zone and Military Action in Libya … Moammar Gadhafi Defiant


UN OK’s Military action against Libya …

As reported at the NY Times, The UN Sercurity Council has voted to authorize military action against Moammar Gadhafi’s troops to protect Libyan civilians. The vote was 10 – 0 with five abstentions. However, has this decision come far too late in the game as the rebel troops have been devastated lately by Qaddafi troops. Moammar Gadhafi has vowed retaliation.



The United Nations Security Council voted Thursday to authorize military action, including airstrikes against Libyan tanks and heavy artillery and a no-fly zone, a risky foreign intervention aimed at averting a bloody rout of rebels by forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi …

Diplomats said the resolution — which passed with 10 votes, including the United States, and abstentions from Russia, China, Germany, Brazil and India — was written in sweeping terms to allow for a wide range of actions, including strikes on air-defense systems and missile attacks from ships. Military activity could get under way within a matter of hours, they said.

The full draft resolution can be read HERE.

British and French aircraft prepared to take the lead, but exactly where is the US in all of this?

British and French military aircraft are preparing to protect the Libyan rebel stronghold of Benghazi after the UN security council voted in favour of a no-fly zone and air strikes against Muammar Gaddafi’s forces.

With Gaddafi’s troops closing in on Benghazi, the French prime minister, François Fillon, said “time is of the essence” and that France would support military action within hours of the vote.

But a US official was more cautious, warning against expectations of imminent action. French planes will operate from bases on its Mediterranean coast. Several Arab countries have promised to join the operation. The US backed the resolution, a complete turnaround after weeks of resisting no-fly zone proposals, but has not yet said what role it would play in military action.

However, are these actions way to late to help the rebel forces?

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  • Comments

    5 Responses to “U.N. Backs No Fly Zone and Military Action in Libya … Moammar Gadhafi Defiant”

    1. Dolf on March 18th, 2011 1:05 pm

      a) the US should not deal with this. This is a EU problem. time to back up those words about freedom, democracy, human rights.

      but as usual from Brussels/ Strassbourg..a lot of talk and no action.

      If it wasn’t for the euro (where they appartenly missed a few things when they created it) there would be no union at all

    2. St. Stephen on March 18th, 2011 1:07 pm

      …one should afford at least a little time to step back and reflect as to the composition of these so-called “rebels” and who they are affiliated with.

      It was my understanding for years that the majority of prisoners in Egypt and Libya, the greater majority, in fact, were either members of al qaeda or similar sympathetic, anti-American groups bent on the destruction of Israel and the conversion of the Western world to Islam.

      Unless I am mistaken, NO information has been forthcoming as to the political agenda of the aforementioned “rebels” except that they want Democracy. I dunno, but although my heart is with my troops that will be going there, I am wondering if we are getting sold another bill of goods here that will only, tragically, suck us into another incursion and give the radical islamofacists more to propagandize.

      It was not long ago and right after the election of President Obama that Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn ran off to Egypt to…what? Teach the people there the principles od Democracy? Don’t think so.

      For this reason alone(and there are others), I am suspicious…

      Yet here we are, our jets at the ready to fly into the MidEast and our young warriors ready to do their job of protecting our freedoms.

      Considering who is at the helm, I really want to listen to the rationale and investigate who these “rebels” are that we are protecting. these ” rebels” may turn out to be terrorists that hate America, for all I know, and I am saying that I do not know and am holding off on this to see whether or not it is a charade.

    3. Steve on March 18th, 2011 4:49 pm


      Unless I missed something, what do “Egypt” and “prisoners” have to do with the struggle in Libya against Qaddafi?

      I also don’t know what “troops that will be going there” refers to. AFAIK, there is no mention of troops going anywhere in the resolution.

    4. St. Stephen on March 18th, 2011 10:41 pm

      3, Steve

      …yeah, you “missed” something.

      Not wasting keyboard clicks to explain it to you, though.

    5. Steve on March 19th, 2011 9:25 am


      Any intelligent people out there that can explain this would be appreciated.

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