Moammar Fly, Moammar Die

Well, this could get interesting, it sure as hell took them long enough. Hopefully it’s not to late to save what’s still left of Free Libya.

U.N. approves no-fly zone over Libya; raids may begin Friday

The U.N. Security Council has approved a no-fly zone over Libya and authorized “all necessary measures” to protect civilians.

The resolution also calls for an immediate cease-fire and an end to all violence.

. . .

British and French warplanes could make initial air raids on Libyan positions as early as Friday, the BBC reports, citing senior U.N. sources. Arab allies might provide logistical support.

See also:
UN votes for air strikes on Libya as Gaddafi warns of reprisals if West attacks
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Libya hints at ceasefire as UN Security Council votes to approve no-fly zone
U.N. Security Council approves no-fly zone over Libya to stop pro-Khadafy forces’ bombing of rebels
U.N. votes on Libya ‘no-fly zone’
Libya: UK forces prepare after UN no-fly zone vote
US readying plans to enforce Libya no-fly zone
Western, U.S. militaries prepare to intervene in Libya
What a no-fly zone, other Libya measures would mean
Making U.N.’s no fly approval count
Egypt Said to Arm Libya Rebels

“All necessary measures’” should provide for quite a show. It looks like the Europeans will be taking the lead, let’s see if they can do this right. It would be extremely helpful to the overall effort if air strikes and/or clandestine/special forces were tasked with decapitating the Gaddafi regime. Terminate the Colonel’s command, terminate the Colonel.

/as General Corman said, “he’s out there operating without any decent restraint, totally beyond the pale of any acceptable human conduct, and he is still in the field commanding troops”

Take That North Korea!

Flashback to Memorial Day, just about a week ago, Obama gives North Korea the what for and threatens to spring into action along with the international community.

Fast forward back to today. Where are the sanctions, where is the international pressure? They’re still dithering, just like they always do.

China, Russia Delay United Nations Action on Sanctions Against North Korea Over Nuclear Test

North Korea’s allies China and Russia raised questions Tuesday about some possible new sanctions against North Korea for its recent nuclear test, delaying Security Council action sought by key Western powers, U.N. diplomats said.

But, getting a resolution out quickly is less important than getting one that has teeth, they said.

“We need meaningful sanctions,” France’s U.N. Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert stressed.

Turkey’s U.N. Ambassador Baki Ilkin, the current Security Council president, said the draft resolution currently being discussed is “a highly complex text.”

“It takes time, and we must get it right, so one or two days later or earlier is not that important,” he told reporters. “What is important is that we do have this resolution that has an impact.”

The United States, Britain and France have been pressing for a speedy council response to Pyongyang’s underground nuclear test on May 25, and ambassadors from the three countries have been meeting with their counterparts from China, Russia and the two countries most closely affected by the test, Japan and South Korea, to draft a new resolution.

Some council diplomats had privately predicted that the seven countries would agree on a draft on Tuesday which would then be circulated to all 15 members of the Security Council.

But China and Russia raised some issues, what one diplomat described as a lot of little sticking points, so negotiations among the seven countries were continuing, diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the consultations are private.

Ripert expressed hope that a draft could be circulated to the full council, possibly Wednesday. Ilkin said “I would hope that we will have something in the course of this week, hopefully.”

See also:
China: UN Action Alone Won’t Solve N Korea Problems
Britain hopeful on U.N. action over North Korea
U.N. vs. North Korea – only time will tell

Remember back in April, when North Korea launched missiles? It’s like Groundhog Day all over again, only Groundhog Day is in February. That time it was Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., threatening to spring into action with the rest of the international community.

All hat, no cattle. Gee, where do you think North Korea gets the idea that they can get away with anything? Speaking of which . . .

Ignoring warning, North puts missile near launching pad

A North Korean missile at a base in Dongchang-ri, North Pyongan, has been transported by cargo train to an assembly building near the launch pad, an informed source said yesterday.

The source said, “The missile was covered but looked to be of a similar shape and slightly longer than the long-range rocket fired on April 5.”

South Korean sources said Monday that North Korea was trying to launch the rocket by mid-June. The rocket is estimated to be an intercontinental ballistic missile with a theoretical range of between 4,000 kilometers (2,485.5 miles) and 6,500 kilometers. It could possibly reach Alaska.

See also:
Report: N.Korea Readies Long-Range Missile Test
North Korea readies long-range missile test
US officials: North Korea may launch new missiles

And so it goes, same as it ever was, and not even a strongly worded letter to show for it.

/they’re going to need a bigger clown car

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