UN Security Council Authorizes Libya No-Fly Zone: 10 For 5 Abstain 0 Against

Tyler Durden's picture

The vote by the UN Security Council to
impose a no-fly zone on Libya and take "all necessary measures" to
protect Libyan civilians from government-led attacks, has passed with a vote of 10 to 5. The vote "will also allow military intervention to enforce the
ban, and calls to take "all necessary measures" to protect civilians and
civilian populated areas under threat of attack." The UN Security Council Resolution was backed by 10 countries, enough
to pass, while 5 other countries - including Russia, China and Germany -
chose to abstain. None voted against. Next up: CNN's ratings go through the roof as everyone picks up where they left off in the Gulf War with watching 1st person perspectives of bombing sorties taking out various Libyan targets. German planes however will be missing: Merkel's state refuses to participate at all in the bombing.

Below, Al Jazeera live footage of Benghazi rejoicing:

From BBC:

British forces could be in action over Libya as early as Friday, if a UN resolution is agreed, a senior government source has told the BBC.

BBC political editor Nick Robinson said the source stressed talks were continuing and it could take longer, but would be within days of a yes vote.

The UN Security Council is due to vote imminently on whether to authorise a no-fly zone in Libya.

Russia and China are expected to abstain, rather than use their veto.

The vote comes as Col Gaddafi warned people in rebel stronghold Benghazi his troops are coming "tonight" and there would be "no mercy" - he told rebels that those who laid down their weapons would be pardoned.

Senior UN sources said British and French war planes could be in the air within hours to carry out initial air raids on Libyan positions, if the resolution is passed, possibly with logistical support from Arab allies.

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Scottj88's picture

Ron Paul


Anything else is useless

boooyaaaah's picture

Ageed to the shores of Tripoli


Mark McGoldrick's picture

Libertarians will drag us into the dark ages. 

Bunch of ham aficionados and their "time machine politics."  

Back to the 1800's - That's the answer!  Yeah, right. 

Calmyourself's picture

Liberals will drag us into the new slave ages and then gnash their teeth and wonder why.. Such child like thinking, amusing but dangerous.

Bay of Pigs's picture

A junk for your careless use of labels and for stereotyping "libertarians".

Dangertime's picture

Libertarians believe in freedom.  Anything else is just a different type of slavery.

Founders Keeper's picture

[Libertarians will drag us into the dark ages.]---Mark McGoldrick

For me, it's Liberty or Death.

Sounds like you've made your choice. Good luck with that.


InconvenientCounterParty's picture

Hey, guess what! An advanced race of aliens just landed!

They've overcome the bullshit animal spirits causing all our troubles.


They said the secret recipie is to reject all progressivism and stop changing! In fact, it's even better to turn back the clock and regress!

ROaLMBFAO! cough-hack-hock




Freewheelin Franklin's picture

What's the record at ZH for "junk"?

New_Meat's picture

I'm wondering rms junks. (that's square-root-of-the-sum-of-the-squares all y'all)

and this is labeled as "Hillary's War"


someone had to fill out his ladderz b4 the deadline.

- Ned

crazyjsmith's picture

Shock and Awe II : The Empire strikes Back!

Where's my popcorn?

Wait, this doesn't look like Hoth?
It looks more like Tatooine.

dark pools of soros's picture

and what if the rebels still lose??    isn't this no-fly zone just suppose to make it a fair fight??

From what I saw, the rebels do not really know how to be a complete unit so they'll be asking for a fly zone of U.N. bombers so they can just walk right into Tripoli

Ropingdown's picture

The UN resolution is meant to take the weapons out of the hands of the Gadaffi gang.  And superior weapons are all they have.  The first rule of war (and street fights) is that if you find yourself in a fair fight, you've made a big mistake.  Clear out the mercenaries.  Burn the tanks.  Melt the artillery.  When a dictator proves utterly ruthless, and then threatens to terrorize the Meditteranean "for years" if we intervene, then the intervention will be fast, brutal, and continue until the thug, his children and his loyalists are gone.  "Making it a fair fight"  isn't the point.  Illiminating the creator of the unfair fight is the point.

dark pools of soros's picture

so its just a proxy war.. who can tell who's a thug anymore..  its not like if we win we get 50 cent oil - nope - just Big Oil gets to get the profits instead of the sand puppets

Ropingdown's picture

I can tell Qaddafi, his sons, and his mercenaries are thugs and I'm sure you can, too.  Without 'big oil' you wouldn't have much of a life.  Iraq, certainly, was a war to take a proven aggressor off Saudi's flank.  Libya is a different issue.  Our commitments are lower and our participation as an "air only" force is vastly less expensive.  Proxy war? Stabilizing north Africa?  Do you need 50 cent oil to justify aiding a rebellion against a terrorist and brutal tyrant?  What are we liberating in Afghanistan?  Nothing.  A useless war fought because Dems and Independents could get behind the "al Queda trained there" rubbish.  A huge pointless war.  Air support in Libya?  Sensible and relatively cheap.

jeff montanye's picture

but, amusingly, we (and our power elite) have no idea if whoever replaces the colonel, etc. will be, in practical terms, better "friends" with the u.s. or, more importantly, israel.  ditto every other place currently in flux, including iraq and afghanistan.

AnAnonymous's picture

rebellion against a terrorist and brutal tyrant?


No rebellion. Only illegal combatants.

nmewn's picture

I don't know what I hate more...UN posturing or Qwackdaffy's megalomania.

The only thing we know for sure (as the ME fire rages on) is Qwackdaffy's nurse made a good house call and got the hell out of Dodge.

Who said blonde's are dumb ;-)

Ropingdown's picture

Agree with the "don't know what I hate more..."

nmewn's picture

Everything the UN does turns into a giant clusterfuck of inefficiency and incompetence.

This will be no different...mark my words.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Don't forget the posturing, or the preening.

nmewn's picture

LOL...by the looks of the news today, a few more meetings in Europe are needed to complete this current fashion show.

I have always wondered...when the UN commits "war crimes" where is the trial held and who are the judges, prosecutors and jurors?

But I suppose we've already found that out from the rapes & tortures their troops have committed around the globe...ahhh well.


cossack55's picture

Libyan civilians. I thought they were the rebels. Soon to be known as "The War of Euro Aggression".  Bonnie Green Flag anyone?

TeamAmerica's picture

How soon?   I wonder if the bombers were orbiting, waiting for the go code...

serotonindumptruck's picture

More than likely. This vote was just a formality. The military planners have had a few weeks to hammer out the various bombing missions.

"Weapons are free. You are go for launch."

TBT or not TBT's picture

If you are talking about "UN" military planners, don't expect brilliance.   There wil be no effective unity of command in this clusterfuck.

AnAnonymous's picture

They are not even rebels. They are illegal combatants by the standards set by the US.


Duplicity is the only US legacy to the world.

Steaming_Wookie_Doo's picture

Ummm, so how long will it take to set up no-fly zones for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, who have also attacked their peaceful civilian protesters? *crickets chirping*

ghostfaceinvestah's picture

Yeah, that was my question: what about Bahrain?

Max Hunter's picture

Bahrain has unruly migrant workers, like Saudi Arabia.  Libya has freedom fighters... Uhhhum.. yeah.. that's it..

TBT or not TBT's picture

No such thing as an islamic freedom fighter.   Islam and freedom are mutually exclusive, forever anathema to each other.      Islam infected soldiers might better be described as "tyranny fighters" as is in, fighting for tyranny.    These are not freedom agenda guys.

scaleindependent's picture

(16:53 PM)In Separate News. The UN Security Council has suddenly become tired of North Koreas' maltreatment of its own peoples, after over 50 years,  and has voted 15-0, with no abstainers to invade and liberate the people of North Korea.

UPDATE at 16:55 PM: THE UN Security Council has cancelled the above invasion order of North Korea after a detailed review of North Korea's petroleum reserves.  THe UN Security Council will heretofore conduct a detailed review of all petroleum reserves in despotic nations.


(goodfaceinvestah, good to see you. keep on posting)

chinaguy's picture

Ghostface - Yeah, that was my thought too...You can junk me too you fools..

and the cost of those those 5 Abstains...

well, that, did not come out of the pockets of the wealthy...any takers?


morph's picture

Ah but were on good terms with them, so they can murder all the civilians they like.

And as for Zimbabwe, who cares about the people there, they don't have oil!

AnAnonymous's picture

In Bahrain and SA, those guys are terrorists, even though some of them were shot while demonstrating with no guns at belt, just yelling and marching on streets.

The US and co can not even face up they are supporting a bunch of illegal combatants in Libya, illegal combatants who are hiding among civilians etc All the package...


Since the US inception, a new category has risen: non humans.

TWORIVER's picture

cool when the jiffy pop blows in japan everyone will be looking over here. full moon on saturday, can't wait to see this surreal painting come to life. not.

camaro68ss's picture

Its WWIII "Bitchez" you forgot the "Z"

its ok, im here for you

Rainman's picture

...finally a good reason to upgrade all my personal bad habits. Eureka !! 

Dollar Bill Hiccup's picture

World War III would require global participation across multiple fronts.

Hmmm. Why don't you come up with something more accurate for a description?

"Remember the Maine" while quite possibly inaccurate in a causal sense (since it was a false flag for all intensive purposes), is probably a better comparison to "Remember Lockerbie" than the hyperbole of global conflagration. 

bob_dabolina's picture

World Wars have a quaint way of starting just like this.

The conditions are ripe as they have ever been:

  • Very high inflation
  • Broad based unrest
  • Extremely polarized views both domestically and abroad
  • Very high global unemployment
  • And now we have a war (with three major powers staying out of the vote) If you want me to be exact we have 3 wars now in 3 different countries: Iraq, Afghanistan, and now Libya, with revolutions occuring in other nations including Bahrain/Saudi (which are kinda' at war with eachother)

Looks like the start to a world war if I've ever seen one. What exactly are you witnessing that makes my statement less than accurate?

Dollar Bill Hiccup's picture

Sorry Bob, it's hyperbolic.

You have to have someone who is both willing and capable of fighting the US and its allies globally. We are not there yet. Not even close.

While things may point to future problems and divergences, the near future is another proxy / post colonial action. 

TBT or not TBT's picture

I think it takes two sides to have a "war".      In the Libyan army you have, how to put it to scale, a few stray bacteria against a pallet of clorox(any one US aircraft carrier or fighter wing).

jeff montanye's picture

yes, all they did was assassinate an archduke....  and it's "intents and purposes".

TBT or not TBT's picture

Back then the theory of war had every side "mobilized" because of the argument that the country that was mobilised first could obviously win quickly.   Wrong, the tank had not been invented yet, but the entrenchment tool or "shovel" had been around for a while.   Anyway, they prepared to win back then by having large standing armies which were meant to swing into action quicker than the ennemy.    

In the last several decades, Libya prepared to not lose, up to now, by being a member of the UN, which granted them inviolable sovereignty under "international law" behind which to operate their sordid grinding dictatorship, psychostate horrors, and of course terrorism activities.     So the UN isn't entirely useless:   It protects and coddles evil for long stretches of time.   

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

10 hypocrites with 5 hypocrites who wish to remain blameless just as long as they can sell arms to both sides as well. The war business of the globe thus continues. All that's left is the speeches declaring they did it for the women and ......wait for it.....children.

Misean's picture

Let us not forget all of the heroic loans for the needed reconstruction of the new satrap's palaces and ministries, and embasies on the Med coast.

Element's picture

Oh that, that's just nation building