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UN authorizes No-Fly Zone over Libya

Jeez.. what’s the rush? Wait a little longer so that this mad thug can commit more atrocities!

 

 

In Benghazi, the main opposition stronghold, a large crowd watching the vote on an outdoor TV projection burst into celebration and green and red fireworks filled the air.

The resolution came just a few hours after Muammar Gaddafi, the embattled Libyan leader, warned residents of Benghazi that his forces would show “no mercy” in an impending assault on the city.

“The matter has been decided … we are coming,” he said in a radio address on Thursday.

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The Libyan leader called pro-democracy fighters in Benghazi “armed gangsters” and urged residents to attack them, saying: “You all go out and cleanse the city of Benghazi.

“We will track them down, and search for them, alley by alley, road by road … Massive waves of people will be crawling out to rescue the people of Benghazi, who are calling out for help, asking us to rescue them. We should come to their rescue.”

‘We will be crazy too’

In an interview broadcast just before the Security Council voted on the resolution, Gaddafi dismissed its actions.

“The UN Security Council has no mandate. We don’t acknowledge their resolutions,” he told the Portuguese public Radiotelevisao Portuguesa.

He pledged to respond harshly to UN-sponsored attacks. “If the world is crazy, we will be crazy too,” he said.

Speaking to reporters in Tripoli after the vote, Khalid Kaim, the Libyan deputy foreign minister, took a conciliatory tone, offering to negotiate a ceasefire with the rebels.

“We are ready for this decision (a ceasefire) but we require an interlocutor to discuss how to implement it,” Kaim told a news conference.

“We discussed last night with the UN envoy (for Libya, Jordan’s Abdul Ilah Khatib) and asked legitimate questions on the application of a ceasefire,” he said.

 

ATW thinks that the U.N. resolution should have authorized somebody to drop a bomb on this mad man and rid humanity and the Libyans from such terror. He’s threatening to retaliate.. against his own people?

I do hope that the resolution doesn’t reduce Libya to rubble as was done in Iraq! Just bomb Gaddafi, shoot his planes down and sink his ships if they dare leave their berths!

Let the SOB know that his end is just around the corner!

 

 

Libya Rebels Reject Potential Gaddafi Offer To Step Down: Reports

Muammar Gaddafi

 

CAIRO, March 7 (Reuters) – Two Arab newspapers and al Jazeera television said on Monday Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was looking for an agreement allowing him to step down, but there was no official confirmation of the reports.

Al Jazeera said Gaddafi had proposed to Libyan rebels to hold a meeting of parliament to pave the way for him to step down with certain guarantees.

It said Gaddafi made the proposal to the interim council, which speaks for mostly eastern areas controlled by his opponents. It quoted sources in the council as saying Gaddafi wanted guarantees of personal safety for him and his family and a pledge that they not be put on trial.

Al Jazeera said sources from the council told its correspondent in Benghazi that the offer was rejected because it would have amounted to an “honourable” exit for Gaddafi and would offend his victims.

The London-based daily Asharq al-Awsat and the daily al-Bayan, based in the United Arab Emirates, also cited unnamed sources as saying Gaddafi was looking for an agreement.

A source close to the council told Reuters he had heard that “one formula being proposed by the other side would see Gaddafi hand power to the head of parliament and leave the country with a certain guaranteed sum of money.”

“I was told that this issue of money is a serious obstacle from the national council’s point of view,” he said, adding that his information came from a single source close to the council.

 

Essam Gheriani, a media officer for the council, said: “No such offer has been been put to the council as far as I am aware.”

APPEAL FOR DIALOGUE

Jadallah Azous Al-Talhi, a leading member of the ruling establishment and a prime minister in the 1980s, appealed to rebel leaders for dialogue on Monday, in the clearest sign yet Gaddafi may be ready to compromise with opponents challenging his four-decade rule.

The fact that state television screened Talhi’s appeal indicated that it was officially endorsed.

But the council said there was no room for broad dialogue with Gaddafi and any talks must be on the basis that he quits.

Asked about Talhi’s address, rebel official Ahmed Jabreel told Reuters: “Talhi is a close acquaintance of mine and he is widely respected in Libya as a man who stood up to Gaddafi.

“But we have made it clear all along that any negotiations must be on the basis that Gaddafi will step down. There can be no other compromise.”

Asharq al-Awsat, citing “informed Libyan sources” in Benghazi, said Gaddafi sent a negotiator to the rebel council with an offer to step down provided he had guarantees for his personal safety and that of his family as well as his money.

Al Bayan quoted a source close to Gaddafi’s inner circle as saying the Libyan leader had begun looking for a safe haven outside Libya.

“He has begun making contacts with African and Arab states in search for a safe haven that will allow him to leave Libya in a way that suits his position and would not infringe on his dignity,” it quoted the source as saying.

The source said that “great divisions” within the Libyan army had caused Gaddafi to lose control of large parts of the country to rebels, according to an advance copy of the article.

One of Gaddafi’s sons, Saadi, said Libya would descend into civil war if his father stepped down, Al Arabiya television reported on Monday.

“The situation is very dangerous. From the perspective of a civil war, the leader must play a very, very big role in calming Libya and convincing people to sit together,” Saadi Gaddafi said in an interview with the Arabic satellite channel.

“If something happened to the leader, who would be in control? A civil war would start,” he added.

(Reporting by Tom Pfeiffer in Benghazi, Edmund Blair in Cairo and Sami Aboudi in Dubai; writing by Myra MacDonald; editing by Diana Abdallah)

Eight British soldiers have been captured in eastern Libya as they escorted a senior diplomat through territory under the control of revolutionary forces.

According to a report published by The Sunday Times, the unexpected presence of a British special forces unit along with the diplomat “angered Libyan opposition figures, who ordered the soldiers to be locked up on a military base.”

The Britons have reportedly been taken to Benghazi in eastern Libya. The diplomat they were protecting had wanted to contact the anti-government forces.

The British newspaper added that anti-government forces “fear Muammar Gaddafi could use any evidence of Western military interference to rally patriotic support for his regime.”

On Saturday, Gaddafi said he wanted the United Nations or the African Union to investigate the anti-government protests in the country.

On the same day, pro-Gaddafi forces backed by tanks launched an assault on Zawiyah, 50 kilometers (31 miles) west of the capital Tripoli, firing heavy mortar rounds at houses and attacking a hospital.

The clashes began hours after revolutionary forces repelled an effort by government forces to retake the city.

Reports by human rights groups say over 6,000 people have been killed so far in the government’s harsh crackdown on anti-government protesters.

The Libyan revolution came in the wake of the monumental events in Tunisia and Egypt, where dictators who led undemocratic and repressive regimes were driven out of power.

However, Gaddafi does not want to see the writing on the wall, and the bloody conflict in Libya drags on.

Waves of demonstrations have rocked several other Middle Eastern and North African countries in recent weeks.

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Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, has said that Gaddafi must leave power “now, without further violence or delay”.

“Gaddafi and those around him must be held accountable for these acts, which violate international legal obligations and common decency,” she said.

“We have seen Colonel Gaddafi’s security forces open fire on peaceful protesters. They have used heavy weapons on unarmed civilians. Mercenaries and thugs have been turned loose to attack demonstrators.”

Clinton said Washington was keeping “all options on the table” in terms of action against the government,  and that a no-fly zone was “an option we are actively considering”.

Now, Ms. Clinton, why not send your ships to the shores of Israel where international legal obligations and common decency are being violated by this country of terrorists daily?

Israeli terrorist forces open fire on peaceful Palestinian protesters daily, using heavy weapons on unarmed Palestinian civilians! The Israeli settlers thugs have been turned loose to attack Palestinians.

Calls for no-fly zone?

Mrs. Clinton:  Your hypocrisy and two-faced foreign policy is not welcome in Libya.

 

Reports say forces and foreign mercenaries loyal to Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi have surrendered parts of the capital Tripoli to pro-democracy protesters.

The residents of some neighborhoods in the capital have barricaded their streets and proclaimed open defiance. Protesters have also taken control of the city of Zawiyah, some 50-kilometers west of Tripoli.

This is while revolutionary forces are advancing towards Tripoli. Forces loyal to Gaddafi continue the violent suppression of anti-government demonstrations as protesters are fighting their way into the capital.

As pro-democracy demonstrations continue across Libya, more cities are falling into the hands of protesters, who have already seized control of several cities including Libya’s second largest city, Benghazi.

The opposition is planning to form an interim government in cities liberated from Gaddafi’s rule, to pave the way for free and fair elections.

The UN Security Council has imposed sanctions on the Libyan regime and has referred Gaddafi to the International Criminal Court.

The United Nations’ refugee agency says nearly 100,000 people have fled Libya in the past week amid simmering tension in the North African country.

According to the UNHCR, most of the evacuees were foreign nationals.

The agency described the situation as a humanitarian crisis, urging the Tunisian and Egyptian governments to support the evacuees.

Earlier, border security officials at Ra’s Jedir crossing said over 38,000 people have crossed Libya into Tunisia since February 20.

The evacuation of foreign nationals has picked up speed since Colonel Gaddafi announced plans to arm his supporters to fight his opponents.

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A Libyan military aircraft has reportedly crashed near the city of Benghazi after pilots refused to bomb peaceful pro-democracy protesters, reports say.

The pilot and co-pilot had refused bombing orders and parachuted out of their aircraft in an uninhabited area.

A Libyan daily says the plane had orders to bomb the city but the crew refused to carry out the deadly mission.

This comes after Libyan tyrant Colonel Muammar Gaddafi pledged to crush the popular revolution in the oil-rich country. The government has even used air raids to suppress persisting mass demonstrations.

This is while government forces are losing grip on the country amid the ongoing revolution in Libya

Soldiers in the coastal town of Tobruk, which lies close to the Egyptian border, say Gaddafi’s forces have lost control of the region.

They say they no longer back the Libyan ruler. Protesters have over-run the eastern province of Cyrenaica.

Meanwhile, military defectors in eastern Libya are reported to be mobilizing to defend the people against possible attacks by Gaddafi’s forces.

The dictator’s military forces have even used air raids to suppress demonstrations.

Many governments and international bodies across the world have reacted strongly to the crisis in Libya.

Reports widely indicate that government-led violence in the country has left at least one thousand protesters dead over the past several days.

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Carlos Latuff, an artist, a visionary, sums up the Libyan Dictator Lunatic in his drawings!

As Libya was stained with the blood of its revolutionists martyrs, the national Libyan television broadcasted Gaddafi addressing a rambling speech, in which he refused to step down, claiming himself as the head of the revolution and that he had no official position from which to resign.

Gaddafi speech came on Tuesday evening, after a bloodbath spreaded over libyan cities. The place of speech was unknown.

“I would die as a “martyr” on the land of my ancestors and fight to the last bullet,” the hardheaded Gaddafi said, standing against the backdrop of what looked like a damaged building.

“I will purge Libya ‘house by house’ to crush revolt,” he stated.

“Capture the rats,” he said of anti-regime demonstrators.

“If I wanted to use weapons against you (the revolutionists), the hole country would be burnt,” he threatened.

Source: Al-Manar

 

Gaddafi insists on dying a humiliating death. Maybe his female bodyguards or his favorite voluptuous Ukrainian nurse would turn on him, and inject him with a painful, agonizing, slow-killing fluid that will make him beg for an immediate execution.

 

Gaddafis Nurse!

This lunatic is trying to prove that he’s a dictator.

He’s reported to have said when asked by 4 officers to leave:

I will not leave until I burn the whole country and everyone in it!

Translated.

I do pray that Egypt and Tunisia rush in – with their armies and air power – to bomb Gaddafi’s headquarters and every one of his residences and exterminate this lunatic. Immediately!

If he survives, this blood-thirsty-heathen should be hung by the testicles… and that’s a little too merciful.
Muammar al-Gaddafi at the 12th AU summit, Febr...

The Dog of Libya

Please help me spread the word and demand from all Libyan embassies around the world to resign and stand with the people.

It is now permissible to kill this tyrant and to rid humanity of such evil. His tyranny and brutality has seen no equal in the Arab world- save that of the Israeli terror forces against Palestinians.

Libyan Pilots refuse to bomb Libyans; defect to Malta

UPDATE Feb 22, 2011

The military spokesman announced on behalf of the armed forces under the leadership of the Green Mountain, full accession of the army in his area to the people. He said in a statement:

“We are officers and soldiers of the armed forces under the leadership of the Green Mountain announce our alliance with the revolution of the people, and we will work to ensure the maintenance of security in the region, and God is our Source of strength.”

Aljazeera also obtained photographs showing/a group of Libyan army joining the people as it arrested a group of mercenaries [Gaddafis thugs].

Aljazeera also got pictures showing/ proving  demonstrators claims that they were fired upon from all directions  in each of the cities of Benghazi and Tripoli, the capital.

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