UN Authorizes “All Necessary Measures” Against Gaddafi; Airstrikes Could Start Tonight
Paul Joseph Watson
Friday, March 18, 2011
Neo-libs everywhere are rejoicing. Remember – war is evil unless it’s sprinkled with the magic pixie dust of UN endorsement and “humanitarian” rhetoric, in which case the dead bodies, the terror, and the screaming children are all worth it. The fact that Libya is the richest oil nation on the entire African continent is a mere coincidence. Go back to sleep – basketball is on the TV. Soon you’ll be able to crack open a 6 pack and enjoy the air strikes like you would a Dwyane Wade slam dunk.
This is precisely what we predicted before Obama even took office….
“Obama may eventually withdraw a portion of troops from Iraq, but mark our words, they won’t be home long before they are sent off to bomb another broken-backed third world country, this time in the name of a United Nations-backed “humanitarian” war, just as Bill Clinton presided over in Somalia and Serbia with the full support of the establishment political left.”
Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones, November 4 2008,
The More Things “Change” The More They Stay The Same.
FLASHBACK: Obama Encircles US War Machine Around Libya
READER COMMENT: So it’s official now, the UN has declared war on Libya. Now many Libyans will die and the country’s infrastructure will be crippled. Libya’s relatively high standard of living will plummet. The invasion will bring death, disease, insecurity and terror for Libyans. Why? To install permanent US military bases to protect the foreign corporate rape and pillage of Libya’s resources. Maybe Obama will be awarded another Nobel War Prize. War is evil.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
THE UN Security Council has voted Thursday to allow air strikes to halt Muammer Gaddafi’s offensive against embattled rebel forces in Libya, with the first bombing raids expected shortly.
The resolution permits “all necessary measures” to protect civilian areas and impose a ceasefire on Gaddafi’s military.
The vote passed 10-0 with five abstentions in the 15 member council. Permanent members China and Russia were among those abstaining, but did not use their veto power.
US Congress officials said Jordan, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates were among possible participants, in a showing designed to demonstrate that the effort to aid anti-Gaddafi rebels had support from other countries in the region.
The UN decides to take “all necessary measures” against Gaddafi
Thursday, March 17, 2011
“There will be no mercy. Our troops will be coming to Benghazi tonight.” Perhaps it was the murderous threat contained within Gaddafi’s latest radio message that shocked the United Nations into action today — because shocked into action they have been. After sweating and toiling over the precise formulation of a resolution on Libya, the UN Security Council finally reached the voting stage this evening. And it has now voted 10-0 in favour of member states taking “all necessary measures … to protect civilian and populated areas, including Benghazi, while excluding an occupation force.” Brazil, India, China, Russia and — staggeringly — Germany all abstained.
What this means, in practice, is a no-fly zone — and more. We are likely to see bombing raids on Gaddafi’s air defences, and perhaps on the serpentine column of troops and tanks that is on the road to Benghazi. It is thought that the first strikes could even come tonight, led — as this entire process has been — by us (UK) and the French, along with a selection of Arab air forces. There is a definite need for urgency. Thanks to the West’s hesitancy over the past week, Gaddafi did appear to be on the cusp of cruelly stamping out the rebellion. Any delay now, and he still might do the same.
As our forces ready themselves for conflict, there is a terrible question hovering over all this: how hard can Gaddafi hit back? His government is certainly putting up a belligerent front, threatening to retaliate in and around the Med. But, as the useful video below makes clear, their military hardware is likely to be outmoded and dilapidated. Not that this makes the situation any less alarming, though. After all, a musket can still kill. And, as the Libyan people know all too well, Gaddafi has more than muskets at his command.