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    Libyan rebels urge west to assassinate Gaddafi as his forces near Benghazi

    Libyan rebels urge west to assassinate Gaddafi as his forces near Benghazi

    Appeal to be made as G8 foreign ministers consider whether to back French and British calls for a no-fly zone over Libya

    Mustafa Gheriani, spokesman for the revolutionary national council in its stronghold of Benghazi, said the appeal was to be made by a delegation meeting the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, and the US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, in Paris on Monday, as G8 foreign ministers gathered there to consider whether to back French and British calls for a no-fly zone over Libya.

    "We are telling the west we want a no-fly zone, we want tactical strikes against those tanks and rockets that are being used against us and we want a strike against Gaddafi's compound," said Gheriani. "This is the message from our delegation in Europe."

    But with diplomatic wrangling focused on the issue of the no-fly zone, there appeared to be little immediate prospect of a foreign military assault on Gaddafi's forces, let alone an air strike against the Libyan dictator.

    But the rebels' appeal is also a recognition that while a no-fly zone would provide a boost to them, their military defeats of recent days have largely been under an onslaught of rockets and shells, and air strikes have been relatively peripheral.

    A no-fly zone alone may not be enough to prevent the continued advance of Gaddafi's forces toward Benghazi, the revolutionaries' de facto capital.

    The talks are being closely watched in Benghazi and other areas under the control of the revolutionaries where Libyans are increasingly concerned at the direction of the conflict and the west's failure, so far at least, to follow through on calls for Gaddafi to go with action in support of the rebellion.

    A large French flag hangs on the front of the courthouse used as the revolutionary council's headquarters after Paris recognised the rebel leadership, and the tricolour is often seen on the streets of Benghazi. But Libyans are also increasingly vocal in their criticism of Washington in particular for what is seen as a failure to back up rhetoric against the regime.

    However, Gheriani said that if the west failed to offer practical help to the revolutionaries to free themselves from Gaddafi's rule it risked frustrated Libyans turning to religious extremists.

    "The west is missing the point. The revolution was started because people were feeling despair from poverty, from oppression. Their last hope was freedom. If the west takes too long where people say it's too little, too late then people become a target for extremists who say the west doesn't care about them," he said.

    "Most people in this country are moderates and extremists have not been able to penetrate them. But if they get to the point of disillusionment with the west there will be no going back."

    Libyan rebels urge west to assassinate Gaddafi as his forces near Benghazi | World news | The Guardian


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    Re: Libyan rebels urge west to assassinate Gaddafi as his forces near Benghazi

    My heart says "yes, yes, yes", my head says "no, no, no"... unless NATO or the ARAB states are willing go fuel up their air forces tomorrow, and leap into the fray. They, however, are not.

    By the end of this week there will not be a single anti-Gadaffi civilian alive, because the world has spent three weeks wringing its hands... just like it always does.

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    Re: Libyan rebels urge west to assassinate Gaddafi as his forces near Benghazi

    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    My heart says "yes, yes, yes", my head says "no, no, no"... unless NATO or the ARAB states are willing go fuel up their air forces tomorrow, and leap into the fray. They, however, are not.

    By the end of this week there will not be a single anti-Gadaffi civilian alive, because the world has spent three weeks wringing its hands... just like it always does.
    The free world has moved with speed and purpose to defend people fighting for their very lives in the past.

    In a few days a pair of US carriers could easily destroy Gaddaif's air defense and air force. His ground units are moving through open desert and would be easy targets. Especially at night. I'd love to see Gaddafi's butchers running for their lives for a change.
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    We dare not do it alone, and the international community will never commit itself in time to save the rebels. Don't forget, the international community watched Serbia commit genocide for five freaking years, and did nothing. You think it will act overnight now? I'm sorry. It won't happen.

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    Re: Libyan rebels urge west to assassinate Gaddafi as his forces near Benghazi

    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    We dare not do it alone, and the international community will never commit itself in time to save the rebels. Don't forget, the international community watched Serbia commit genocide for five freaking years, and did nothing. You think it will act overnight now? I'm sorry. It won't happen.
    Yeah, unfortunately I think you are right. The UN is hopeless to do anything meaningful.

    A NFZ over Libya won't stop Gaddafi from attacking Benghazi. The US should hit Gaddafi's military forces, alone if necessary.
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    If it could be done on the QT I'd say go for it take the bastards out. But since there is little chance of that, we need to support the Rebels we arms and supplies and get the Arab league to take the lead.

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    Re: Libyan rebels urge west to assassinate Gaddafi as his forces near Benghazi

    It is over.

    Gaddafi will win.

    The west has failed.

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    Re: Libyan rebels urge west to assassinate Gaddafi as his forces near Benghazi

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    It is over.

    Gaddafi will win.

    The west has failed.
    Ohhhhhhhhhhh, now the West has failed?!?

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    Re: Libyan rebels urge west to assassinate Gaddafi as his forces near Benghazi

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    It is over.

    Gaddafi will win.

    The west has failed.
    Which part of the West has failed?
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    Re: Libyan rebels urge west to assassinate Gaddafi as his forces near Benghazi

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Which part of the West has failed?
    If someone had intervened, the West still would have failed.

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