At the very last moment Russia and China abstain from the vote leaving a unanimous vote for a no fly zone and “all necessary measures” short of occupation to protect the Libyan people from Gaddafi’s superior firepower. The alternative, most certainly, would have been the river of blood Gaddafi and his family had promised.
In all likelihood any rebels would have been slaughtered as an example to the resistance and the people at large. The extent to which this violence would have continued is open to debate.
Gaddafi has few friends North of Zimbabwe and Chad or East of Venezuela. Gaddafi’s lack of friends in North Africa is due to the fielding of international terror squads. At best he is unstable living in a world where he believes he has been anointed to lead an Arab renaissance. We are not psychologists but it doesn’t take a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. – carlos
U.N. Security Council approves no-fly zone over Libya to stop pro-Khadafy forces’ bombing of rebels
BY RICH SCHAPIRO , DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER, Thursday, March 17th 2011, 7:30 PM
“The matter has been decided . . . we are coming,” he said in a telephone call to state television.
The measure would open the way for a no-fly zone and authorizes “all necessary measures” to protect civilians from attacks by Khadafy’s men.