French Fighter Jets Now Flying Over Libya to Stop Gaddafi’s Forces

March 19, 2011

(ChattahBox World News)—So much for the cease fire. Soon after the United Nations Security Council imposed a no-fly zone over Libya on Friday, strongman Muammar Gaddafi called for a cease fire on the government’s attacks on civilian rebels. But pro-Gaddafi forces resumed their military campaign in Benghazi on Saturday, without missing a beat. The unstable political solution is about to come to a head. French President Nicolas Sarkozy ordered fighter jets to take to the skies over Libya to enforce the UN resolution. And Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attended an emergency meeting in Paris with U.S. allies to coordinate a response to Gaddafi’s defiance of the UN resolution. There are also reports of a downed fighter jet in Benghazi, but it’s not known what country the aircraft belongs to, or who shot it down.

Sarkozy released a statement on Saturday warning Gaddafi that “Our French aircraft are ready to intervene against tanks.”

“If there is not an immediate cease-fire and withdrawal of the forces that have been attacking civilian populations in the last few weeks, our countries will have recourse to military means,” Sarkozy said.

The New York Times writes of what’s ahead in the Libyan conflict:

“American, European and Arab leaders began the largest international military intervention in the Arab world since the invasion of Iraq on Saturday, in an effort to stop Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s war on the Libyan opposition. “

“Leaders meeting in Paris on Saturday afternoon said direct strikes against Libyan government forces, as approved by the United Nations Security Council on Thursday, would begin within hours.”

Meanwhile, as Clinton met with a group of Western and Arab leaders in Paris, Gaddafi was busy issuing belligerent and bellicose statements, warning the countries backing the UN’s no-fly zone not to become involved in Libya’s civilian problems. “You will regret it if you take a step toward intervening in our internal affairs,” read Gaddafi’s statement. He also referred to President Obama, in a bizarre statement, as “our son.”

“I have said to you before that even if Libya and the United States enter into war, God forbid, you will always remain my son and I have all the love for you as a son, and I do not want your image to change with me,” added Gaddafi in his statement.

Just what we need, another conflict in an Arab country led by an unstable dictator.

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