Saturday, March 19, 2011

Action on Libya!

As of 14:00GMT today, Libyan tanks were on the streets of the main rebel-held city of Benghazi. A a fighter jet was shot down earlier this morning and explosions have been heard.

Since then, World leaders from many Western and Middle Eastern countries, including the Arab nations of Jordan, Qatar and the UAE have met in Paris to discuss military action and have signalled that such action is now inevitable.

President Sarkozy says international leaders have agreed to use "all the necessary means - in particular, military means" to enforce the UN Security Council resolution and it is a duty to support Arab people and counter the "murderous madness" in Libya

Prime Minister David Cameron, says that Colonel Gadaffi has lied to the world, he had flouted international law and broken the ceasefire and it is vital that "action takes place urgently" to prevent further civilian deaths.

British, French and Canadian aircraft will be the first assets deployed to police the no-fly zone and take part in any authorised strike missions against Libyan tanks and ground forces believed to be in action against civilians.

Yesterday after weeks of hesitation and divisions among his advisers, President Obama endorsed military action against Colonel Gadaffi, saying U.S. values and credibility are at stake to stop “the potential for mass murder” of innocents. The full range U.S. firepower stands ready, including ships and submarines armed with Tomahawks which could eliminate air defenses and other potential targets early in allied military action.

Col. Gaddafi's spokesman sent a threatening message to the West saying: "You will regret it if you take a step towards intervening."


Civilian Overseer said...

The Irish have offered to deploy Brian Lennihan to offer fincial advice to bring down the ruling regime ;)

Constance said...

Well, well, Colonel. It seems that there is no stereotype you can perpetuate that I cannot tear down...

Ze French were ze first to shoot on the ze Libyan Colonel....

Lieutenant General Creedon said...

@ Constance: They did yes, at 1645GMT it was repoerted French aircraft fired and destroyed a military vehicle.

Imagine the pilot's glee when he flew over the desert in an area with no Anti-Aircraft defence and he came upon Libyan fuel trucks and personnel carriers with no air defence capability [Who could in all likelyhood could have been just as easilly be rushing to join the rebels as opposed to killing them].

"Permission to shoot ze ducks in ze barrel?"

If that was a Command and Conquer game, you'd be accused of cheating.

The true stars of this "show" [Operation: Odyssey Dawn] is once again the U.S. Navy. expending millions of tax-payer dollars worth of missiles against cold-war era air defences inland. Now that's how to overkill baby yeah!

Former Grunt said...

When are you going in Colonel?

Constance said...

It's fish, Colonel. Fish in a barrel. Not ducks. Ducks could simply fly away.

Also: Who came up with the lamest operation name ever?