Libya Declares Cease Fire After U.N. Approves Intervention

@gladys46 (1205)
United States
March 18, 2011 9:40am CST
An article found at WashingtonPost, written by Liz Sly, and others ... breaking 3/18/11: Tripoli, Libya - The Libyan government declared a cease-fire Friday in its battle against rebels seeking to oust longtime leader Moammar Gaddafi, saying it was acting to protect civilians in the wake of a U.N. Security Council resolution that opened the door to military action. "We decided on an immediate cease-fire and on an immediate stop to all military operations." Libyan Foreign Minister Musa Kusa told reporters in the capital. He said Libya "takes great interest in protecting all civilians and protecting human rights," adding that the government would also protect foreigners and foreign assets in the country. ..... The article goes on to quote statements to this announcement made by U.N. Ambassador Dr. Susan E. Rice ... "There is no justification for [Gaddafi's] continued leadership now." Will Gaddafi step down, will he be arrested thereafter for crimes against humanity ... what's your take?
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@Rollo1 (16651)
• Boston, Massachusetts
18 Mar 11
Just think how many lives could have been saved if Obama had lobbied the UN for a resolution on a no-fly zone three weeks ago, when Sarah Palin first suggested it. Waiting until France and even the Arab League are seeking it wasted so much time and time is key with revolutions. Qadaffi has always been something of a coward - arranging terror acts quietly and with no trace and then suddenly wanting to be friends when Reagan dropped a couple of bombs full of good sense on him. Again, I think it's too late. Qadaffi has called a cease-fire but most of the damage is done in terms of the revolution's momentum and energy. He still has troops on the ground who are moving in and taking over rebel areas - areas that have ALREADY been bombed.
@gladys46 (1205)
• United States
18 Mar 11
Rollo, I think President Obama was methodical and excellent in engaging the World communities, and obtaining that U.N. Resolution. I have no idea (especially our President) who would be "advised" by Ms. Palin. Unlike our former president, President Obama thinks long and hard first before taking such actions ... the people of Libya who felt no other choice but to fight and/or even give their own lives to be free of Gaddafi, did so honorably ... it is all about their country's future isn't it? I'm very proud of our President Obama and Dr. Rice and Hillary Clinton for their admirable intelligent work! Surely, it's not over until it is clear exactly what Gaddafi will do going forward or what will be done to him for the alleged killings of rebels but, witness, if you will, what a sane, diplomatic approach by our wonderful president has made possible thus far.
@gladys46 (1205)
• United States
18 Mar 11
btw, Rollo ... many reports are that this "cease-fire" may very well be a ploy by Gaddafi that even today, after this declaration was made, the sounds of war continue ... since folks on the right are eager for military engagement by the U.S., they may eventually get their wish. The Industrial Military Complex" must be fed ... don't ya know! ;)
@Rollo1 (16651)
• Boston, Massachusetts
18 Mar 11
Explain to me, gladys, why it wouldn't have been a good idea to do this earlier, BEFORE Qadaffi had slaughtered so many civilians. Why, if it's the right thing to do, did Obama not know that? Why did he have to wait for the Arab League to call for a no-fly zone? That is without precedent, that they would call for action against another Arab nation. How is it that Obama had no opinion until he found out what the popular opinion was? If by methodical and excellent in engaging the World communities (btw, Obama did not obtain that UN resolution, it wasn't his idea) you mean that partying and golfing he did over the past few weeks, then I guess he did a bang-up job of enjoying himself while the world burned. Of course, the truth is that he didn't want to have to say anything about Qadaffi because Qadaffi is the BFF of two of Obama's BFFs, Jeremiah Wright and Louis Farrakhan.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
18 Mar 11
I hope he is, but I am afraid he is waiting until the UN says :"okay things are hunky dory, " and then stops the intervention. Then he will go back to his old tricks, but then we will not know about it because he will do it in secret like having the rebels arrested and executed. I do think it should have been done sooner, that Obama only ordered the fly over when he had no choice and he would look bad if those citizens and the rebel city had been blown to smithereens. The thing is we have to keep up the pressure, until he is removed, and Libya has an honest government that values the life of all its citizens.
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@gladys46 (1205)
• United States
18 Mar 11
Indeed ... I completely agree.
@Rollo1 (16651)
• Boston, Massachusetts
18 Mar 11
"I do think it should have been done sooner, that Obama only ordered the fly over when he had no choice and he would look bad..." I agree with that too, gladys.
@gladys46 (1205)
• United States
18 Mar 11
I think Lybia's Gaddafi's actions left our President "no choice" but to encourage our allies to agree to a no-fly! After all Rollo, who would pay for your go it alone war??
@spalladino (17926)
• United States
18 Mar 11
Well, gladys, I see that the usual suspects have been busy playing the blame game instead of answering your question. IMO, the Loon of Libya will not step down, he will be charged with crimes against humanity along with some others...that is if he lives long enough. As has already been mentioned somewhere above, the cease fire has proven to be a lie and the troops have not pulled back as Resolution 1973 ordered them to do so some kind of action will most likely be taken. Fortunately, for those who seem to have forgotten that the U.S. already has troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. will not take the lead in this. There are other countries...France and the UK for instance...who are very capable of taking the primary roles at this time, with the U.S. taking a support role.
@gladys46 (1205)
• United States
19 Mar 11
Spalladino, thank you for another reasoned response. Yes, the "usual" suspects are always ready and willing with those sorts of take downs or the usual boy/girlcotts ... haha! And, yes I agree that "the Loon of Libya" will most probably be charged for his crimes, if he lives long enough. Much is being said about President Obama's failure to get the consent of Congress prior to what is actually being called "an act of war" ... since, a no-fly in reality is bombing, destroying military capabilities. Where are all those "Constitutional" arm-chair wingers ... I wonder?
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@spalladino (17926)
• United States
19 Mar 11
Thanks for the BR gladys. Hatred makes people irrational...as I'm sure you've noticed...and nothing Obama does is ever right as far as some are concerned. George Bush was criticized strongly for what came to be called his "cowboy foreign policy" because of Iraq yet now it's apparently okay to send fighter jets to Libya *before* attempting to solve the problem with sanctions and communication. "Only fools rush in" is a pretty apt description of Palin's recommendation. Going in prematurely could have alienated the Arab League...who have the ability to shut off the majority of the world's oil and enough wealth to keep it shut off.
@gladys46 (1205)
• United States
19 Mar 11
You're welcome spalladino, well deserved too! I continue to search for just reasoning for the "hatred" of our President ... it seems so intense, outside the usual disenchantments of policy issues! I mean, are we to completely forget that 8 years of the Bush administration's policies ushered this nation into its horrific financial situation as well as its needless, sloppy two war involvement? Surely, we ought not talk about any of those 8 failed years as we're always instructed by most here! The hatred is apparent and it is irrational!
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• Indonesia
18 Mar 11
Hi...Gladys, i believe what ever is said the rulling regime that is no longer desired by the people, it's just say word without meaning simply to cover up theis mistakes. That's just part of an effort to retain power by showing a good impression in the eyes of the world community. Whatever the reason, Moammar Qadafy regim must come down from the Government Of Libya. Than replaced by a more democratic government based on the desire of the people of Libya, with the desired method and system of the people of Libya, according of the people of Libya. About Qadafy, nothing is more entitled to decided what to do but the people of Libya itself. Not the U.N, Not The International Court Of Justice, even not The Government of United States. Is Qadafy a Humanitarian Criminals? I think we should review and determine the boundaries and definitions in a more equitable of Humanitarian Criminals by consensus of the International community. How about what is done by Shimon Perez to Palestinians? or The Russian Government to the People Of Checnya? Or the Liberal Economic Criminal who Allready to have made poor and exploited people in the Third world? Please....think about that also!
@gladys46 (1205)
• United States
18 Mar 11
Hi there fitriadi! Yes, I'm always mindful of the conflict between Palestinians and Israel ... I think that for far too long, the politicans on both sides, whose charge should be in the best interest of the people, have failed! People everywhere just want to live in peace and prosperity for themselves and for their children ... very bad politians have denied the people that dignity. I'm very happy that President Obama has been speaking and working from the start of this uprising brought by the "people" of Libya clearly stating the people's right to protest what they consider an oppressive government. President Obama was able diplomatically to cause sanctions to effectuate against Gaddafi's government, he has frozen Gaddafi's billions in financial assets here in America, he has strengthened by this UN resolution an arms embargo against Gaddaffi's government and has continuously demanded that Gaddafi stop his violent attacks against the people of Libya. President Obama is "smart" and, given "good" advice from his military commanders and the American State Dept., he has formed a broad international coalition, even respectfully gaining the Arab League's support. The International community now joins together to stop Moammar Gaddafi ... this in my opinion is just!
@Netsbridge (3242)
• United States
20 Mar 11
I heard the report on one International news TV! Guess what? It is a longtime US strategy to attack nations when they have let down their guard or are complying! In 2003, Iraq was attacked after Saddam Hussein had complied by destroying his weapons that even met the mandates of the NPT! In 1945, Hiroshima and Nagasaki were attacked as Japanese officials awaited US negotiation team - the reason these Japanese cities were attacked as they were!