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Britain Takes the Lead in Protecting Libyan Citizens. by The Elephant's Child
February 28, 2011, 4:24 pm
Filed under: Foreign Policy, Islam, Middle East, United Kingdom | Tags: ,

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that Britain will help to enforce a no-fly zone in Libya, designed to prevent Moammar Gaddafi from using jet fighters against his own people.  The Prime Minister is the first Western leader to publicly commit to the no-fly zone, in a statement to Parliament which marks a significant escalation in the crisis after sanctions and an arms embargo were imposed by the UN Security Council.

The Times headline says Britain and its NATO allies are making plans to send warplanes to Libya and arm rebels as Western democracies harden determination to force out Gaddafi and prevent a humanitarian disaster — already under way.

President Obama says the violence in Libya is “outrageous” and “unacceptable.” He has signed an Executive Order regarding Sanctions, and protecting assets that belong to the people of Libya.

About the Situation in Libya… by The Elephant's Child

President Obama finally spoke out forcefully about the situation in Libya, on the seventh day of violent protests against the dictatorship of Moammar Gaddafi.  Gaddafi has rejected demands that he relinquish power. He continues his violent crackdown on the mass protests.

The president said that “we strongly condemn the use of violence in Libya.”  He said “the violence must stop.”  He has “asked his administration to prepare the full range of options.”  He reminded Libya that “the whole world is watching.”  He has asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to go have some meetings in Europe.

Some pilots in the Libyan Air Force flew their planes out over the desert, and parachuted out, allowing the aircraft to crash in the desert.

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