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  • Qadhafi Feints Cease-Fire, Defies U.N. Ultimatum

    After proclaiming a cease-fire, Colonel Muammar Qadhafi’s regime cynically ordered its troops to attack Benghazi, the leading rebel stronghold, in defiance of the U.N. Security Council resolution prohibiting attacks on civilians. The regime hopes to consolidate control in Libya’s second-largest city before the U.N.-backed military forces can begin counter-attacks.

    Once entrenched in the city, Qadhafi’s thugs can wreak vengeance on opposition supporters with minimal risk of attack from U.N.-backed forces pledged to halt civilian deaths. Qadhafi seeks to exploit the fact that he is much more willing to shed Libyan blood than is the U.N. coalition. He knows that it will be much more difficult for the coalition to compel him to withdraw his forces than it would be to prevent him from advancing, once the air umbrella is completely established.

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy today convened a summit of Western and Arab leaders in Paris and emerged to announce, “Our planes are already preventing air attacks on the city,” and noted that military action was supported by France, Britain, the United States and Canada, as well as unspecified Arab nations. French reconnaissance planes reportedly already have been deployed over Libya, and attacks on ground targets may be imminent. American, British, Canadian and Danish warplanes also reportedly are deploying to NATO bases in southern Europe.

    President Obama announced American support for the U.N. operation in a speech on Friday:

    Now, once more, Moammar Qaddafi has a choice. The resolution that passed lays out very clear conditions that must be met. The United States, the United Kingdom, France, and Arab states agree that a cease-fire must be implemented immediately. That means all attacks against civilians must stop. Qaddafi must stop his troops from advancing on Benghazi, pull them back from Ajdabiya, Misrata, and Zawiya, and establish water, electricity and gas supplies to all areas. Humanitarian assistance must be allowed to reach the people of Libya. Let me be clear, these terms are not negotiable. These terms are not subject to negotiation. If Qaddafi does not comply with the resolution, the international community will impose consequences, and the resolution will be enforced through military action.

    The United States joined a statement warning the Qadhafi regime that a cease-fire must begin “immediately” in Libya and its troops must withdraw from rebel areas, particularly the cities of Benghazi, Misrata, Ajdabiya and Zawiya. The statement also called for the restoration of water, electricity and gas services in all areas. It said Libyans must be able to receive humanitarian aid or the “international community will make him suffer the consequences” with military action.

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today said that the United States would use its “unique capabilities” to assist the operation. This hints at a substantial American contribution in intelligence-gathering, surveillance, reconnaissance and offshore naval capabilities, as well as U.S. warplanes being deployed to various bases.

    With hostilities imminent between the U.N.-backed coalition and the Libyan regime, it is clear that the Libyan crisis has entered a new phase. The populist uprising, on the verge of being crushed, now has received international protection. After it has repulsed Qadhafi’s lunge to seize Benghazi, the coalition will begin what is likely to be a protracted campaign to pry the regime’s goons away from opposition forces. Libya is likely to dissolve into two warring rump states, with Qadhafi loyalists in the west perpetually clashing with opposition forces, primarily based in eastern Libya. The liberated zone in the east will require substantial international assistance to survive the counter-revolutionary backlash. And military action may be needed immediately to block regime offensives against opposition enclaves in western Libya.

    Once the smoke clears from the military operations that appear imminent, the U.N. coalition is likely to find itself in the position of trying to negotiate with a megalomaniac mass murderer in order to protect victimized Libyans and a wide variety of other targets of Qadhafi’s vengeance.

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    9 Responses to Qadhafi Feints Cease-Fire, Defies U.N. Ultimatum

    1. Stirling, Pennsylvan says:

      Dragged into a 3rd war. Great, just what we need.. 8-(

      Will the left call Barak the next GW? of course not..

      This Action seems purely to save Obama's face in the public opinion polls, I guess the pollster started seeing fading numbers for his inaction on the subject..

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    3. DanJ says:

      It's nice to see that the Follower in Chief decided to back up the French. Reagan is rolling over in his grave.

      Whether you agree with the no-fly zone or not, it's a shame that so many weeks and so many innocent Libyan lives have been lost while the US waited for the international community to limp to a decision.

      As for "unique capabilities", I wonder if the Navy's secret stealth Space Plane which launched a couple weeks ago is hovering over Libya these days. That thing is probably the single most awesome piece of military technology imaginable and it was almost de-funded.

    4. alec romalo Scotts V says:

      By siding with the rebels , we really don"t know what the outcome will be. Will Lybia become another anti Western terrorist state ?

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    8. Leon Lundquist, Dura says:

      I am happy Americans are not running up and down Libya's highways being clay pigeons for Arab target practice! But the whole business is appalling as if it were masterminded to produce the maximum death for the Libyans. We can't say that Obama's stalling is the cause of 5,000 Libyans being killed. Daffy Qaddafi did that. The only winner I see in the Game is BP the oil giant with Drilling Rights off the coast of Libya (secretly given for BP's help getting the Pan Am Bomber let free!) Look at Egypt and the Islamic Brotherhood has been set up to win the elections, 1) the election is too soon and 2) the Constitution was changed to allow Religious Parties.

      Point is the Libyans won't have their happy outcome either. American Foreign Policy is like the Police at home. "Let the mass killer kill as many as he wants to! When he suicides we will be there to mop up the blood!" They call it Police Protection, but it isn't. I think a Policy to maximize the killing is unlawful, hidious in fact. But then somehow, I am a "hate speaker" and that's bad. But murder is just fine if your fashion sense is camp, and you have friends in the entertainment industry or you have friends in the President's favorite Anti American Church!

      Birds of a feather flock together. I think Obama is a worse criminal than Qaddafi, but it is good cover for BO to have a deflection scheme. We do get tired of blaming Rich People for everything. Don't look at BO's crimes because we are all too busy looking at goofballs like Colonel Daffy.

    9. Carol,AZ says:

      Yes Leon in Co, many of us agree and thank you.

      As you stated ,We do need to " get rid of him.

      It's not "duffy Quadaffi," as the first order of Buss here in America.

      It's our community organizer.

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