Black People : U.N. okays military action on Libya

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  1. Amnat77

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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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    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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    Allies launch Libya force as Gadhafi hits rebels

    By RYAN LUCAS and HADEEL AL-SHALCHI, Associated Press Ryan Lucas And Hadeel Al-shalchi, Associated Press – 38 mins ago

    BENGHAZI, Libya – French fighter jets fired the first shots at Moammar Gadhafi's troops on Saturday, launching the broadest international military effort since the Iraq war in support of an uprising that had seemed on the verge of defeat.

    In the hours before the no-fly zone over Libya went into effect, Gadhafi sent warplanes, tanks and troops into Benghazi, the rebel capital and first city to fall to the rebellion that began Feb. 15. Then the government attacks appeared to go silent.

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy said after an emergency summit in Paris that French jets were already targeting Gadhafi's forces. The 22 participants in Saturday's summit agreed to do everything necessary to make Gadhafi respect a U.N. Security Council resolution Thursday demanding a cease-fire, Sarkozy said.

    "Our consensus was strong, and our resolve is clear. The people of Libya must be protected, and in the absence of an immediate end to the violence against civilians our coalition is prepared to act, and to act with urgency," President Barack Obama said in Brasilia, Brazil, on the first day of a three-country Latin American tour.

    The rebels, who have seen their advances into western Libya turn into a series of defeats, said they had hoped for more, sooner from the international community, after a day when crashing shells shook the buildings of Benghazi and Gadhafi's tanks rumbled through the university campus.

    "People are disappointed, they haven't seen any action yet. The leadership understands some of the difficulties with procedures but when it comes to procedures versus human lives the choice is clear," said Mustafa Gheriani, a spokesman for the opposition. "People on the streets are saying where are the international forces? Is the international community waiting for the same crimes to be perpetrated on Benghazi has have been done by Gadhafi in the other cities?"

    A doctor said 27 bodies had reached hospitals by midday. As night fell, though, the streets were quiet.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110319/ap_on_re_af/af_libya
     
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    Many African Americans believe and understand that, te oligarchy had desired that clean crude oil since the king was deposed and the resource nationalized, however africanimmigrants here desire democracy there becuase Kaddafi sends a mesge to the despots in other nations who are nt seeking to nationalize

    but instead are focused on stying in power also for 40 years, but with no benfit to the masses

    If that is the will of the majority of Africans then it should be done, but with no strings attached to European interests

    that point both groups of Aficans agree upon, those born there and those of us kidnapped from there.
     
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    Obama: US launches military action against Libya

    By BEN FELLER, AP White House Correspondent Ben Feller, Ap White House Correspondent – 34 mins ago

    BRASILIA, Brazil – President Barack Obama authorized limited military action against Libya Saturday, saying Moammar Gadhafi's continued assault on his own people left the U.S. and its international partners with no other choice. The Pentagon said 112 cruise missiles were launched from US and UK ships and subs, hitting 20 targets.

    Obama said military action was not his first choice.

    "This is not an outcome the U.S. or any of our partners sought," Obama said from Brazil, where he is starting a five-day visit to Latin America. "We cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people there will be no mercy."

    A senior military official said the U.S. launched air defenses Saturday with strikes along the Libyan coast that were launched by Navy vessels in the Mediterranean. The official said the assault would unfold in stages and target air defense installations around Tripoli, the capital, and a coastal area south of Benghazi, the rebel stronghold.

    Obama declared once again that the United States would not send ground forces to Libya, though he said he is "deeply aware" of the risks of taking any military action.

    Earlier in the day, Obama warned that the international community was prepared to act with urgency.

    "Our consensus was strong, and our resolve is clear. The people of Libya must be protected, and in the absence of an immediate end to the violence against civilians our coalition is prepared to act, and to act with urgency," Obama said.

    Top officials from the U.S., Europe and the Arab world meeting in Paris, where they announced Saturday immediate military action to protect civilians caught in combat between Gadhafi's forces and rebel fighters. American ships and aircraft were poised for action but weren't participating in the initial French air missions.

    As the military action was announced, French fighter jets swooped over Benghazi, the opposition stronghold that was stormed by Libyan government forces earlier Saturday, in defiance of a proclaimed ceasefire.

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    What do you think about the Air strikes Obama just authorized?
     
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    I am against US military intervention in Africa. I think that the situation in Libya is an internal matter (civil war) which should be dealt with internally.

    This sets a dangerous precedent. For example, support for the "rebels" in Libya sets a precedent for US military support for "rebels" in Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast, et. al.

    This gives a cover for US deployment of its military High Command in Africa (Africom) and exposes the weakness of the AU in sanctioning this intervention.
     
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