USA, UK and France launch attacks on Libya

Posted on March 20, 2011

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Big brother bully Uncle Sam is doing it again . This time with the support of France and UK.  The rationale for the attack on Libya in the words of the leaders :

French President Nicolas Sarkozy of France :  participants agreed to use “all necessary means, especially military” to enforce a U.N. Security Council calling for an end to attacks on civilians.
British Prime Minister David Cameron : Colonel Gaddafi has made this happen,… We cannot allow the slaughter of civilians to continue.
President of USA Obama : Today I authorised the armed forces of the United States to begin a limited action in Libya in support of an international effort to protect Libyan civilians…

All noble words indeed.

Maybe this is the break  Obama is hoping for – to show the world he is not a weakling. His handling of the BP’s oil disaster was a blow to him , enhancing his image being a softie. This is another  demonstration of  the USA’s superiority in military hardware. This is  another way to boost the struggling US economy. The truth is , the rationale for this strikles is just one word ” OIL”. With a new  leader replacing Gaddafi, the USA and European nations will now have a greater voice in the Middle East’s oil affairs

Do we expect Gaddafi to keep quiet about this onslaught ? True to his character, Mr Gaddafi had responded with threats of  retaliatory strikes on military and civilian targets in the Mediterranean, which he said had been turned into a ‘real battlefield’.

AFP news release :

TRIPOLI – THE US, Britain and France pounded Libya with air strikes and Tomahawk missiles on Saturday, sparking a furious response from Muammar Gaddafi who said the Mediterranean had now become a ‘battlefield.’ United States and British forces fired at least 110 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Libya’s air defence sites, a top US military officer said, two days after a UN Security Council resolution with Arab backing authorised military action. Libyan state media said that Western warplanes bombed civilian targets in Tripoli, causing casualties while an army spokesman said strikes also hit fuel tanks feeding the rebel-held city of Misrata, east of Tripoli. Libyan state television said a French warplane was shot down in the Njela district of Tripoli, but the French military swiftly denied the report. Mr Gaddafi, in a brief audio message broadcast on state television, fiercely denounced the attacks as a ‘barbaric, unjustified Crusaders’ aggression.’ He vowed retaliatory strikes on military and civilian targets in the Mediterranean, which he said had been turned into a ‘real battlefield.’ ‘Now the arms depots have been opened and all the Libyan people are being armed,’ to fight against Western forces, the veteran leader warned. US President Barack Obama, on a visit to Brazil, said he had given the green light for the operation, which is codenamed ‘Odyssey Dawn.’ ‘Today, I authorised the armed forces of the United States to begin a limited military action in Libya,’ Mr Obama said in Brasilia. — AFP