Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Rebels vow to fight, retake Brega as efforts stepped up on no fly zone
France stepped up efforts on Monday to persuade world powers to impose a no-fly zone over Libya, as Muammar Gaddafi's troops battled rebel fighters for control of the strategic oil town of Brega.
Rebel forces in Libya say they have retaken the eastern town of Brega, capturing a number of elite government troops and killing many others.
Hague: Libya No-Fly Zone Decision Near
As you may know by now the Arab League called on the UN to impose a Libya no-fly zone and recognized Rebels as Libya's legal Government. This has to be a result of our close ties with Egypt's military but this is very concerning! Reporting from Cairo The Arab League decided Saturday to support a no-fly zone in Libya, paving the way for Western countries to decide whether to move forward with the plan. The decision, announced on Egyptian state television, ends weeks of debate among Arab nations, overcoming widespread resistance to the idea of Western intervention in an Arab state.
Egyptian state television said the Arab League also decided to open channels of communication with a Libyan rebel council based in the eastern city of Benghazi and to formally recognize the council as the representative of the Libyan people. This is big and I am afraid I see a war in another Muslim country but what are we to do? UPDATE 1-Arab League calls on UN to impose Libya no-fly zone
The African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC) on Friday expressed "deep concern" at the events in Libya as observers raised questions on the body's slow and reserved response to the crisis in the North African country. Libya: African Union Rejects 'Foreign Military Intervention'
The African Union says it wants to join efforts to stop the fighting in Libya, but the organization's Peace and Security Council rejects any kind of foreign military intervention. African Union seeks Libya talks
Obama: US is 'tightening the noose on Gadhafi'
The AU (African Union) was rebuked for its conservative statement on Libya as they should have been. Libya is a member and had a representative at the last meeting to see what to do about Libya. After what they have been doing to the people they should have been out immediately. The African Union despite the slaughter said they flatly deny any outside intervention so they better do something if they care about the Libyan citizens as they say they do.
I have been giving this a lot of thought! I remember originally with the ire of the West and their growing threats of forming a no fly zone that the Arab League and the African Union made the announcement that they did not want us to intervene and they were thinking about imposing a no fly zone on Libya themselves.
As this has been progressing and become more of a slaughter of any thought to be against the regime or complicit in the rebels cause disappeared or was mercilessly slaughtered with aircraft, tanks, bombs, and machine guns it became increasingly obvious that the rebels were on their own unless we came to the rescue. Despite the chest thumping and saber rattling we cannot and better not.
We are at war in 2 Muslim countries already. It will be easy for Gaddafi to paint it as another war against Islam and many in Libya and in the Middle East and Africa would join his call to action against us. It has become obvious that with many Muslim countries in Africa and the Middle East facing insurrection they are not going to come to the rescue of the Libyan people as they too are going to take a hard line if they have to. What happened in Egypt will very likely remain an anomaly. If I am wrong they better get going with that no fly zone and we can advise, give them intelligence, and supply them.
We can not militarily come to the rescue of every Nation where some of their population want freedom from the repression and dictatorship we once sanctioned as long as they did our bidding. I listened to one fighter last week hit it right when he said "we started it we will finish it" any outside intervention and we will side with Kaddafi to repel them. What to do? Someone better do something quick!