On March 10, rebel fighters escaped as Col. Qaddafi’s forces fired violent rocket attacks on the town of
. This disrupted the rebels’ plans of a westward drive into Ras Lanuf . Tripoli
On March 12, the Untied States Security Council was asked by The Arab League to impose a no-flight zone over
in hopes of restricting Qaddafi’s attacks on his own people. This war has placed immense amounts of pressure on the Obama administration which has been reluctant to intervene. Let’s hope we stay out of this one. Libya
The Group of Eight has recently discussed the topic of bringing an outside intervention into
Libya; said there hasn’t been an agreement on the issue of enforcing a no-flight zone to ground the loyalist air force. France Germany and wouldn’t agree to a no-fly zone and raised objections to military intervention. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle stated, “One has to ask the question whether military intervention would hurt more than it helps. We do not want to get sucked into a war in Russia North Africa and we would not like to step on a slippery slope.” It’s hard not to agree.
At the same time, David Cameron, U.K. Prime Minister said leaving Qaddafi in power would send a “terrible message” not only to the Libyan people but also to those who desire democracy and stability. He went on to say, “I am not arguing a no-fly zone is a simple solution to the problem, of course it’s not.”
It seems as though the big decision to make in this situation is to decide whether or not to take the risk, knowing it may fail.
A little bit of history..
Group of Eight, which began as the dinner for six, was established in 1975 when the presidents of
France and Germany invited their counterparts from the U.S., Britain, Italy, and Japan to Chateau Rambouillet on the outskirts of . The purpose was to bring the leaders of the world’s strongest economies together for an informal discussion of the economic turmoil left in the wake of the 1973 oil embargo. Since then, the group has grown; Paris Canada, the European Union and have all joined. Although the meetings have become larger and longer, they are still a chance for informal discussions among world leaders. Russia
After a weeklong battle and nearly demolishing Zawiya, things have taken a turn for the worst, Qaddafi turned up military and psychological pressure against rebel forces. The turmoil continues in
Libya as Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s loyal forces initiated attacks on the city of . Government forces fired artillery as tanks moved in and bombarded the city. Misurata is the last rebel stronghold in western Misurata Libya and is located about 125 miles outside of , the nation’s capital. Tripoli
Stated in a recent article,
Libya’s state-run television appealed to residents of , the center of the rebellion in the east of the country, to join Qaddafi’s troops. The broadcast announced, “The army is coming to secure you and to lift the injustice and horror off you and to protect your pure souls and precious blood.” Benghazi
The death toll of this massacre could reach as high as 15,000. Qaddafi’s forces are attacking people with tanks and cars manned with his military. Three fighter jets carried out air strikes on the airport that is being used by the rebels as an airbase, causing their attacks to be broken off after anti-aircraft missiles were fired.