March 14, 2011
The Full Q. Rebound, & Support
Although I have been a sceptic of No Fly, I have to say time is coming to abandon that. The Guide is increasingly getting more effective use out of his airforce it appears (perhaps the pilots beginning to think that he's going to last after all) and the Rebellion is in real danger now, as this note from the guardian.co.uk show, although the caveats as to real impact remain.
11.26am: The issue of a no-fly zone is all the more pressing given that Gaddafi's air force is continuing to raid rebel positions. According to rebel groups, war planes attacked weapons stores today near the eastern city of Ajdabiya.I've come to the conclusion that it is better to try and fail than not to try, as the impact on the Western image chez the Libyans - and the potential gains for the Jihadis - is large (negative and positive respectively).
France and the UK are seen as the main proponents of a no-fly zone within the G8 group of major industrialised nations, which also comprises the US, Russia, Germany, Italy, Japan and Canada. Russia, one of the big players if a proposal is to be put before the UN security council, apparently remains to be convinced. The country's foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, said this morning that he wanted more information about how such a zone would work. Russia would "closely study" any proposal put before the security council, he added.
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Possibly, yes, but where are the carriers?
Even if a good idea, or the least bad one, the necessary resources do not seem to be available. Or perhaps they're not being made available.
Posted by: alle at March 14, 2011 02:19 PM
US carriers are neither the only choice nor an absolute necessity. The necessary resources, are most certainly available, although Italian willingness may well lack.
Posted by: The Lounsbury at March 15, 2011 10:13 AM