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Firstly we didn't have a UN resolution allowing the entering of Iraq.This action is another Afghanistan/Iraq, no fly zone means if it is not followed by Gadaffi, the UN (read USA) will have to bomb key points not to mention the hundred and thousands of AA batteries Libya has acquired which means war in another country. But don't worry Libya's main export is broccoli, so nothing worth fighting to have control of there ....
Will we see this for Bahrain ? are people that dense .... Saudi Arabia are helping Bahrain suppress the people rising up, SA are shower friends with the USA, so don't expect any hard or truthful words against those two countries.
Secondly the UN resolution we have now doesn't allow the use of troops to invade the country.
Thirdly we have regional and international acceptance of the measures used. (excluding China and Russian permanent member nations but as pointed out they like to stay out of things).
Saudi Arabia are taking part in the suppresion of the legal protest of citizens to keep a royal family in control. However yes i agree nothing as sever will happen to Saudi Arabia as they have the most influence of all arab nations with the west thanks to rich oil reserves.
Last edited by Activi-T; 2011-03-18 at 04:51 AM. Reason: SP
Too little, too late. Once Benghazi falls it's over. No fly zone won't mean much without troops on the ground.
The Security Council had authorized the use of force, including enforcement of a no-fly zone, to protect civilians and civilian areas targeted by Colonel Muammar Al-Qadhafi, his allied forces and mercenaries.
Basically if gaddafi refuses to stop what he is doing we can bomb his ground forces. I'm pretty sure stealth bombers could easily decimate government ground forces.
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It's too late now I think, the rebels have lost the momentum they had at the start and are now pushed back too far. Even if Ghaddafi and his forces dont invade the city(Ghaddafi sons said they wont invade the city), what can the rebels do?
Before Ghaddafi got the air force organized his forces were losing ground quite rapidly and the rebels do have a lot of ground-based weapons that they have been avoiding using simply because when the other side has air superiority they practically have huge bulls-eyes painted on them (including heavy artillery).
Before the air strikes really began the rebels were closing in on Tripoli, then Ghaddafi's people started just randomly attacking anything and anyone with air raids which just gave them enough breathing room to actually organize a counter-offensive where they used air strikes against military targets to soften them up before ground troops went in.
Basically, Ghaddafi's ground forces are not only weaker than the rebel ground forces, the rebels now also have NATO air support.
Last edited by mludd; 2011-03-18 at 11:34 AM. Reason: added a paragraph