Libya : U.N. okays military action on Libya

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By Maria Golovnina and Patrick Worsnip

TRIPOLI/UNITED NATIONS | Thu Mar 17, 2011 11:21pm GMT

TRIPOLI/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations authorised military action to curb Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on Thursday, hours after he threatened to storm the rebel bastion of Benghazi overnight, showing "no mercy, no pity."

"We will come, zenga, zenga. House by house, room by room," he said in a radio address to the eastern city.

Al Jazeera television showed thousands of Benghazi residents in a central square celebrating the U.N. vote, waving anti-Gaddafi tricolour flags and chanting defiance of the man who has ruled for four decades. Fireworks burst over the city.

Gaddafi had warned that only those who lay down their arms would be spared vengeance to be exacted on 'rats and dogs'.

"It's over. The issue has been decided," Gaddafi said. "We are coming tonight...We will find you in your closets.

"We will have no mercy and no pity."

The U.N. Security Council passed a resolution endorsing a no-fly zone to halt government troops now around 100 km (60 miles) from Benghazi. It also authorised "all necessary measures" -- code for military action -- to protect civilians against Gaddafi's forces.

But time was clearly running short for the city that has been the heart of Libya's revolution.

Residents said the Libyan air force unleashed three air raids on the city of 670,000 on Thursday and there has been fierce fighting along the Mediterranean coastal road as Gaddafi moves to crush the month-old insurrection.

French diplomatic sources said military action could come within hours, and could include France, Britain and possibly the United States and one or more Arab states; but a U.S. military official said no immediate U.S. action was expected following the vote.

Ten of the Council's 15 member states voted in favour of the resolution, with Russia, China and Germany among the five that abstained. There were no votes against the resolution, which was co-sponsored by France, Britain, Lebanon and the United States.

Rebel National Council head Mustafa Abdel Jalil told Al Jazeera television air strikes were essential to stop Gaddafi.

"We stand on firm ground. We will not be intimidated by these lies and claims... We will not settle for anything but liberation from this regime."

It was unclear if Gaddafi's threat to seize the city in the night was anything more than bluster. But at the very least it increased the sense that a decisive moment had come in an uprising that only months ago had seemed inconceivable.

Some in the Arab world sense a Gaddafi victory could turn the tide in the region, weakening pro-democracy movements that have unseated autocrats in Tunisia and Egypt and raised mass protests in Bahrain, Yemen and elsewhere.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/03/17/uk-libya-idUKLDE71Q0MP20110317
 

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Libya 'to halt military action'

The Libyan government has announced an immediate ceasefire in its offensive against rebels who have seized large areas of the country.

The announcement came as a coalition of Western and Arab nations prepared for air strikes against Libyan forces.

Before the ceasefire announcement, heavy fighting was continuing.

Rebels said government forces had been bombarding the western city of Misrata. There are claims this has continued despite the ceasefire announcement.

Military action short of an occupation was sanctioned by the United Nations Security Council on Thursday evening.

UN Security Council Resolution 1973 gave broad backing to taking military action against all threats to civilians, which could include bombing ground forces loyal to Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

Libyan Foreign Minister Mussa Kussa said his country was obliged to accept the UN resolution and to observe the air exclusion zone that had been agreed.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12787739
 

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Libya 'to halt military action'

The Libyan government has announced an immediate ceasefire in its offensive against rebels who have seized large areas of the country.

The announcement came as a coalition of Western and Arab nations prepared for air strikes against Libyan forces.

Before the ceasefire announcement, heavy fighting was continuing.

Rebels said government forces had been bombarding the western city of Misrata. There are claims this has continued despite the ceasefire announcement.

Military action short of an occupation was sanctioned by the United Nations Security Council on Thursday evening.

UN Security Council Resolution 1973 gave broad backing to taking military action against all threats to civilians, which could include bombing ground forces loyal to Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

Libyan Foreign Minister Mussa Kussa said his country was obliged to accept the UN resolution and to observe the air exclusion zone that had been agreed.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12787739

This is how World Wars begin. None of the BRIC countries supported the resolution. As France talks about military action "within hours" not a single resolution against the governments of Yemen or Bahrain which are gunning non-violent protestors down in the streets. That is much more of a crime against humanity than Kadafi's government fighting ARMED rebel insurgents.

"Apart from China, Russia, a permanent Council member with veto power, and Brazil, Germany and India, the three non-permanent Council members, also abstained from voting on the draft resolution.

"We support the commitment of the UN Secretary General's special envoy for Libya, the Africa Union and Arab League to deal with the current crisis in Libya in a peaceful way," Jiang said.

China has always maintained that actions of the UN Security Council should follow the objective and principle of the UN Charter and international laws, respect Libya's sovereignty, independence, unification and territorial integrity, Jiang said.

"The current crisis in Libya should be resolved through dialogue and by other peaceful means," Jiang said."

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2011-03/18/c_13785960.htm
 

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China has no fear of a nuclear war with the US, and the US white supremist power structure has no problem with a neutron bomb war in Africa that would kill millions,
and a nuclear retaliation from China , that would take out the major cities here heavily populated by us
 

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For the U.S, it really seems like a damned if you do damned if you don't situation. I have to admit I am slightly impressed that this went through an International channel, but unfortunately without congress.

Will an enforced No Fly Zone really be enough to stop the slaughter on the ground? I hope so. It's just hard to balance this with the idea that we might end up in another war.
 

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