Qaddafi Grounded



via U.N. Approves Airstrikes Against Libya –

The United Nations Security Council voted Thursday to authorize military action, including airstrikes against Libyan tanks and heavy artillery and a no-fly zone, a risky foreign intervention aimed at averting a bloody rout of rebels by forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.

Russia, China, Germany, Brazil and India abstained from voting, as the US and 10 other nations on the Security Council voted to take “all necessary measures” to protect civilians in Libya.

The US is insisting that the Arab League play a major role in whatever actions are taken in Libya, to avoid the appearance of another Western takeover of an Arab nation.

What will be the outcome?  It’s hard to say:

Diplomats said the specter of former conflicts in Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur, when a divided and sluggish Security Council was seen to have cost lives, had given a sense of moral urgency to Thursday’s debate. Yet some critics also noted that a no-fly zone authorized in the early 1990s in Bosnia had failed to prevent some of the worst massacres there, including the Srebrenica massacre.



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