Let The Bombing Commence: UN Set To Impose "No Fly Zone" Over Libya

Tyler Durden's picture

The endgame in Libya begins. The UN has agreed on a draft resolution to implement a no fly zone over Libya, which means the bombing may commence as soon as the vote passes later today. As to what Gaddafi's retaliation will be, and whether he will burn down the oil wells, which previously were in rebel hands, but have since fallen back into his control, we will surely find out in the next 24 hours.

From AFP:

UN Security Council members agreed on a draft resolution that will impose a no-fly zone over Libya, diplomats in New York said. The decision will be brought up for a vote later in the day.

Earlier, American ambassador to the UN Susan Rice told reporters that the UN may need to contemplate steps that go beyond the no-fly zone

Denmark is the first country to step up and promise the use of its F-16s.

Lene Espersen, the foreign minister, told parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday that the Air Force is preparing four F-16 fighter jets to take part in an internationally-backed no-fly zone over Libya, should Nato high command decide to act.

The government is trying to build support in parliament and internationally for a United Nations-backed no-fly zone over Libya to block Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi from making further advances against rebel forces and attacking Libyan civilians.

"The Arab world has made it very clear that the UN Security Council must make the decision. That’s why we all need to work right now to ensure that the UN Security Council has the backing it needs to make that decision,” Espersen said.

As to the real firepower, here is today's update of the US Naval deployments.

h/t Scrataliano

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somaplease's picture

oh oh

 

edit: first~!

somaplease's picture

How much of a dump in SLV & GLD are you thinking?

I was prepping in buying a chunk of both tomorrow....Quit fucking with my head!

Carl Spackler's picture

Please disperse.  There is nothing to see here.

 

In other news...Japanese housewives are crushing the USD and AUD in early morning trading, following trips to the now empty grocery store and filling station !

Dollar in freefall, and the Aussie carry traders have - officially - crapped their pants.

Weather and Sports at 11 !

 

 

 

 

 

dick cheneys ghost's picture

kaddafi says west will not get its OIL.........hahaha. i wonder when he will become a general?

 

 

http://nakedempire.wordpress.com/

Antipodeus's picture

Surely, anything less than "Field Marshal" would be a gross insult.  Surely ... ?

 

nmewn's picture

"Denmark is the first country to step up and promise the use of its F-16s."

Both of them?...LOL.

DeeDeeTwo's picture

Day late and a euro short, baby. Get ready for ABC Hostage Crisis Day 179. Qadaffi is not going down easy... it will take a full-scale land invasion at this very late point.

Larry Darrell's picture

I agree on Qadaffi not going down without pulling all the stops.

He already said he has been betrayed by his Euro "friends"

I think he will destroy any and all infrastructure possible if he begins to feel trapped.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Perhaps the question to ask is why shoudl Gaddafi be going down at all? I know a few world "leaders" with far longer and more egrigious rap-sheets than him.

Why?Any American/English/French pro-no-fly zoner want to really lay out a good case?

I hope the absolute doble-faced immorality of the western power establishment is naked enough for evveryone to see. As I typed that, I was thinking about how one resists sins of omission. Not in my name etc. Seems like a fool's errand at this point.

Except to dis-engage from the establishment completely.

I've started selling tents as viable accomodation alternatives.

Go libya, go gaddafi....

ORI

http://aadivaahan.wordpress.com/2011/03/16/american-cross-nuclear-rumbles/

 

Ahmeexnal's picture

ORI,

Gaddafi still has a formidable network of operatives inside Europe.

Should they openly attack him (they are already doing so via french foreign legionnaires), I'm sure Europe's nuclear troubles will be far worse than Japan's.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Agree Ahme, I think France is going to see some bad stuff sooner or later. Gadaffi is going to send a message in no uncertain terms.

No cheery news from anywhere for a good long while I'm afraid.

ORI

AnAnonymous's picture

Gaddafi still has a formidable network of operatives inside Europe.

 

Formidable how? When nothing (save isolated events that will be as connected to Gaddafi as 9,11 was to Iraq) has happened, will you come back from your insane unfounded view on the world or are you trapped in the maze of your imagination and can not cope with the real world?

Breaker's picture

"Perhaps the question to ask is why shoudl Gaddafi be going down at all?"

Because the situation in Libya threatens Europe's oil supply. Noone cares which group of bad people control Libya as long as the oil keeps flowing.

I'm wondering what the europeans are having to give Russia to vote for no-fly. Russia benefits from high oil prices. And what is China's price for not vetoing the security council resolution?

 

 

 

NumberNone's picture

How does everyone keep forgetting that Gaddafi bit the master's hand?  Threatened governments to get the Lockerbie bomber released...or so the story goes.  A big no-no.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/07/wikileaks-gaddafi-britain-lockerbie-bomber 

 

 

 

JW n FL's picture
by Oh regional Indian
on Wed, 03/16/2011 - 22:58
#1065060

 

1. Perhaps the question to ask is why shoudl Gaddafi be going down at all?

1.a Because he is killing civilians with Mercenaires, Jet Fighters and Naval Bombardment. 

 

2. I know a few world "leaders" with far longer and more egrigious rap-sheets than him.

2.a Are they killing thier own citizens in mass right now? NO THEN GET A FUCKING GRIP!

 

3. Why?Any American/English/French pro-no-fly zoner want to really lay out a good case?

3.a What better fucking case can anyone make than saving regular peoples lives.

 

4. I hope the absolute doble-faced immorality of the western power establishment is naked enough for evveryone to see.

4.a The Goobermint here, there and fucking everywhere is fucking shitty, what else you got? 

 

As I typed that, I was thinking about how one resists sins of omission. Not in my name etc. Seems like a fool's errand at this point.

Except to dis-engage from the establishment completely.

I've started selling tents as viable accomodation alternatives.

 

5. Go libya, go gaddafi....

5.a You are fucking seriously egging that piece of shit on to kill regular, innocent civilians? SERIOUSLY??!! http://bit.ly/frc5vg watch the video's and get back to me wanna be baby killer...

ORI

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You are a fucking idiot.

AnAnonymous's picture

Because he is killing civilians with Mercenaires, Jet Fighters and Naval Bombardment. 

 

3.a What better fucking case can anyone make than saving regular peoples lives.

 

A few years ago, would have been a point. It is no longer.

Gaddafi's military is killing illegal combatants .They are not covered by any international treaty, convention or anything you want.

So please take into account reality and provide a new stream to justify overthrowing the libyan dictator.

 

So far, you failed.

BigJim's picture

The justification is simple. Gaddafi killed enough civilians to cause a loud enough public outcry that our freedom loving representatives™ felt they had to speak out and condemn him, and issue stern warnings to stop. He carried on. They then told him to step down (probably once they'd set up the next satrap to replace him). However, he did not.

Gaddafi has to go because if he doesn't, Obama, Cameron et al look impotent. They don't give a flying fuck about the dead/dying civilians, but they know they need to make it crystal clear to all the other satraps who's really in charge.

AnAnonymous's picture

Gaddafi killed enough civilians to cause a loud enough public outcry that our freedom loving representatives™ felt they had to speak out and condemn him, and issue stern warnings to stop.

 

The justification is not that simple: Gaddafi's army is killing illegal combatants. Illegal combatants are not civilians, I repeat, they are not civilians. Regular militaries (as Gaddafi's) can kill illegal combatants, detain them endlessly etc

JW n FL's picture

You are using our dumbass goobermints bullshit to cloud the truth.

 

whether or not people lives will be saved for the right reasons.. to me is un-important.. as the actual saving of the lives.. far outweighs any politcal spin or bullshit heaped on top of the act.

 

Obama is a treasonist coward (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucffTz-b0Rw).. Go-Daffy is just a sick fuck (http://bit.ly/f0woRB).. but make no mistakes.. in whatever 3rd world country you hail from, things are no better and maybe in fact worse.

ArgentDawn's picture

This follow the MSM blindly stuff has to end. Let Europe handle this one. We've got bigger problems.

Hexus's picture

Get a group of mates together, break into a weapons storage facility, steal the weapons then wage war against the US. See what happens.

Hexus's picture

Because he's not under Anglo-American domination, they've wanted him gone for decades. Now that fuckwits like quite a few people on this website are wanking at the prospect of "democracy in the middle east" the empire has an excuse to strike.

This is going to be another Afghanistan, people never learn.

GetZeeGold's picture

 

Denmark huh?

 

Highway to the dangerzone.

 

Get-R-Done.

Michael's picture

Well at least it's not the US doing the dirty deed this time. A nice Daisey cutter shoved up Gadaffy's ass would be nice though.

barliman's picture

 

Pictures or it didn't happen  ;->

barliman

e_goldstein's picture

to quote Vonnegut:

"see the cat?"

"see the cradle?"

 

ImNotExposed's picture

$1 = $0.001

Game over.

ImNotExposed's picture

Sorry, forgot that Greece, Spain, Portugal and Ireland were going to finance this latest foray.

Forget the Nixon shock. Nothing to see here.

New_Meat's picture

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2kxlZDOHeQ

eventually, well, hated the top 40 repetition. - Ned

[ed. thx for fixing local]

tom a taxpayer's picture

Airmen sometimes write messages on bombs to be dropped.

What might be written on the first bombs dropped on Libya to establish a no fly zone? 

"This bomb is only meant to scare Saif and Muammar Quadaffi."

"Candygram. Candygram for Muammar Quadaffi."  

"Peace-seeking missile" 

"Me fly. You no fly."

"This is the way the Nobel Peace Prize winner rolls."

"500 pounds of diplomacy by other means."

"Sorry. Hillary made me do it."

"Negotiate this!"

"My first and final offer."

"No animals were harmed in the manufacture of this high explosive device."

Coldfire's picture

"Me fly. You no fly."

Fularious.

Boilermaker's picture

Futures +24 and climbing like mofo.

Yahtzee!

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

I have not found one in the green, but I forgot to check NFLX.

Boilermaker's picture

Futures +24 and climbing like mofo.

Yahtzee!

hamurobby's picture

A lot down, a little up, just like last year.

jtmo3's picture

Who cares. The futures are up and that's all that matters.

Boilermaker's picture

Sports guy chest bump )(

towel snap in the ass just for good measure.

Oh regional Indian's picture

For some reason, that really made me laugh. Thanks.

ORI

Antipodeus's picture

Another one of Berlusconi's 'bunga-bunga' girls?

 

hamurobby's picture

My friends were laughing at me this week for filling up a 55 gal drum full of unleaded. You should have heard the jokes when I bought the Triton r4 (scooter) last month.

Hulk's picture

Keep that FAR away from your house

Judge Judy Scheinlok's picture

And tell him how to ground the fucker. Some people have no idea what something simple like static electricity can do. Lolz.

hamurobby's picture

Thats funny, my wife was wondering why I was fondling the trailer and the nozzle when filling up all four barrels, I told her I didnt want to end up on tv. We live south of Orlando and I work on cars and have a bit of experience. She also said, you just spent a thousand dollars, and I had to tell her we will use the gas, we are just spending it up front. She just cant seem to get her head around it all, but she can grow the shit out of some veggies and is a fabulous cook.