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Ear to the Ground

Libyan Government Declares a Cease-Fire

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Posted on Mar 18, 2011
news.bbc.co.uk

Libyan Foreign Minister Mussa Kussa announces the ceasefire at a news conference in Tripoli on Friday.

The Gadhafi government has declared a cease-fire in its offensive against opposition fighters, apparently in response to U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973, which calls for a no-fly zone and “all necessary measures” to protect Libyan civilians. —JCL

The BBC:

The announcement came as a coalition of Western and Arab nations prepared for air strikes against Libyan forces.

Before the ceasefire announcement, heavy fighting was continuing.

Rebels said government forces had been bombarding the western city of Misrata—but the government denied that this had continued after the ceasefire.

Military action short of an occupation was sanctioned by the United Nations Security Council on Thursday evening.

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By PatrickHenry, March 19, 2011 at 10:56 am Link to this comment

Why can Gadhaffi follow U.N. resolutions and Israel can’t?

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By expat, March 19, 2011 at 1:06 am Link to this comment
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put gadhafi’s back to the wall and he will chose to go down in flames…

taking many in the west with him in those same flames.

He’s got mustard gas and other “toys”... (understand why you’d want nukes if you were Iran?)

but hey, in these times what’s a little ricin or mustard gas in the london tube and paris metro on top of full nuclear plutonium meltdown spreading over the full north hemisphere and full financial collapse and…  well you get my drift.

BTW…  a funny thing happened…  I haven’t seen any comment or discussion anywhere how trillions have been spent by g8 to prop up $ and stock markets this week…  and yet how not a penny for you poor slobs in Greece, Ireland or the US or anywhere for that matter…

screw this system, and if gadhafi can help it teeter a little faster, as repulsive as he is, so be it…

This is not just an Arab revolution…

the storm is coming…  everywhere.

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By Blackspeare, March 18, 2011 at 4:01 pm Link to this comment

Looks like we’ve entered a new era of international foreign intrigue.  Whenever there is an armed struggle against a sitting regime the UN can now decide whether the regime in question is allowed to survive.  I wonder how the rebels in East Timor would have fared? Or the ones in Columbia? How about the Cuban anti-Castroites.  What about the Shining Path in Peru.  This could get pretty interesting in the future.  I’ll bet about now Qaddafi wishes he had a nuke!  Funny that the two major powers on the Security Council with veto power abstained——-were they bought off or is Russia anxious to see how their air defense system works.  As for China anything that costs the USA money or perhaps reputation is a win for them.  But in any event, Qaddafi is toast——the rebels will be supported until they push Qaddafi out.  Now we know why NK and Iran are pursuing nukes——you need a deterrent against UN resolutions that foment regime change policies from without!

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By TDoff, March 18, 2011 at 1:58 pm Link to this comment

Geez, if all it takes to stop a dictator’s slaughter of his rebelling citizens is a UN resolution, the UN should print and stock a bundle of these resolutions, so they’ll be ready at a moment’s notice for all future revolutions, and we won’t have to waste all the time and lives we did on this Libyan debacle.

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