This could be one of the most difficult decisions the world will make in the next 48 hours. The ante is being raised as I type. We know Gaddafi from his actions over the last 40 years. We know of the Islamic Legion, attempts to obtain nuclear weapons, mustard gas stockpiles, the many assassinations of Libyans abroad, downing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie.
Gaddafi’s Libya is a clear and present to the world and has been for 40 years. There is no indication his children will become benevolent leaders.
It is painful to plan to remove a government, but this is what the world must do. Gaddafi’s Libya act and react, pete and repeat, the same irrational excesses that he has in the past. What, you ask, could be worse than downing of Pan Am Flight 103? Think about it. The world must remove him in the interest of the world.
The next one Might be WW III.
Avaaz petitions security councils to impose no-fly zone in Libya
As Qaddafi’s jets drop bombs on the Libyan people, the UN Security Council will decide in 48 hours whether to impose a no-fly zone to keep the government’s warplanes on the ground.
Together, we’ve already flooded the Security Council with messages, “overwhelming” the President’s office and helping to win serious targeted sanctions on the Libyan regime – now, to stop the bloodshed, we need a massive outcry of 1 million messages for a no-fly zone.
If Qaddafi can’t dominate the air, he loses a key weapon in a war in which civilians are paying the heaviest price. But as long as his helicopter gunships and bombers are in the air, the death toll will rise. We have just 48 hours left — let’s hit 1 million messages to stop Qaddafi’s deadly attacks before it’s too late.