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UN Authorizes No-Fly Zone, Military Action Against Libya

Last night the UN voted to take action against Libya:

Securitycouncil 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.

Military action was promised in short order:

Only hours after the United Nations Security Council voted to authorize military action, including airstrikes against Libyan tanks and heavy artillery and impose a no-flight zone to try to avert a rout of rebels by forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. French officials said e on Friday that military action would start “within a few hours” and news reports said British and French warplanes would spearhead the attack.

Celebration immediately rang out in the rebel city of Benghazi:

With the government’s forces closing in, the rebels had begged for military protection. Their pleas were only answered after a change of heart by the Barack Obama administration, which had opposed a no-fly zone for weeks but agreed to support the British and French initiative as opposition towns fell rapidly to the Libyan leader.

The decision at the UN appeared to have an immediate impact on Col Gaddafi’s thinking. Saif al-Islam, one of his sons, said there had been a change of tactics and that as a “humanitarian gesture” the Libyan army no longer intended to march on Benghazi, the rebels’ last major stronghold.

Watch the Telegraph's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

The Guardian has a live blog going....

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  1. Took long enough.

    Posted by: homoDM | Mar 18, 2011 8:24:56 AM

  2. @homodumb:

    Rushing to judgement without thoroughly reviewing all options is how many Americans were duped by Bush's lies into the Iraq war fiasco.

    "Strength and wisdom are not opposing virtues." Bill Clinton

    Posted by: Hank | Mar 18, 2011 9:30:02 AM

  3. al jazera reports the Libyan foreign minister, has announced that the country had decided on a ceasefire

    "Mussa Kussa, the Libyan foreign secretary, said his government was interested in protecting all civilians and foreigners in a statement televised on Friday.
    "We decided on an immediate ceasefire and on an immediate stop to all military operations," he said, adding "[Libya] takes great interest in protecting civilians".

    Not 1 jet launched by the french, british, Us , or arab league yet and it appears the Un resolution is working

    Hillary clinton is now speaking/live press conference 10:40 EST

    Posted by: | Mar 18, 2011 10:43:15 AM

  4. Resolutions, fine... but this is something we physically should NEVER get involved in. We have enough wars on our hands as it is.

    Posted by: johnny | Mar 18, 2011 11:47:45 AM

  5. @Hank


    Hi, we've never met, and you know pretty much nothing about me. But I am a decent guy who will give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that you are capable of better than your sad attempt at snark might otherwise suggest.

    I think reasonable people can look at this situation and come to different conclusions without needing to be shitty about it. I'm glad we took time to review our options, but I also fear we cut it a little close. (Maybe too close to do any real good now.) Moreover, I don't think your comparison to Iraq is necessarily a very good one, as these are vastly different circumstances.

    Or, I could be totally wrong.

    Posted by: homoDM | Mar 18, 2011 4:10:38 PM

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