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Should foreign forces have intervened in Libya?

Charlotte Attwood | 18:28 UK time, Tuesday, 22 March 2011

As air strikes continue in Libya we're asking what you think of the international intervention?

The leaders of several African countries have condemned the air strikes. Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has accused the West of double standards wondering why they've intervened in Libya and not elsewhere?

He was one of five African Union leaders whose task was to find a solution to the crisis. Their mission to Tripoli was called off when the air strikes began. Do you think the AU should have taken the lead on this or have they just missed their chance?

If you agree with this intervention, how far do you think it should go?

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  • Comment number 1.

    Authors get out your pens. The intervention in Libya is going to be an active part of and have an impact on many other uprisings in the Middle East, including how the already successful revolutions play out politically. To not intervene would have cost many people their lives, told the Middle East protesters that the West and others do not care, especially about human rights and democracy, created a rebelious group of youth that would be fertile ground for terrorist groups and created a historical picture of a helpless, non caring and imperalist west.

  • Comment number 2.

    the intervention of the bloody vampires should not have taken place. it is rejectable and has no credibility before true human beings. if the so called west want to help why not do the same to Ivory coast, Yemen , Bahrain and the occupiers of palestine.

  • Comment number 3.

    I absolutely agree with the intervention in Libya. One of the reasons being if Gadhafi have his way there will be blood bath. Also, listening to Gadhafi son it appears the family thinks Libya is their 'PLANTATION' and every other Libyanian is a slave.

  • Comment number 4.

    Yes, it was right to intervene but the way its being done leaves alot to be desired.
    US, UK and France are using this opportunity to settle an old grudge on Libya. Otherwise there is no reason why you intervene so massively in the name of protecting civilians yet you have not done it anywhere else.

    I do not think Libya needed as many jets as its being used now. NO NO NO.

  • Comment number 5.

    Any dictator should be shown the way out. Gaddafi is not spared since he is one of them. But the way the SuperPowers are handling the problems in Libya is not clearly fair. Gaddafi just recently has been a close partner to these SuperPowers attacking him today. Why did they wait for the ongoing arab revolution to show that they care for arab people?
    Gaddafi as any leader can not stand by in front of any armed revolution. What can the French govenment do if some French angry opposition members take arms against the French institutions? Armed demonstrators will be stopped by force if they don't lay weapons down. And that will not necessarily be called that the government is killing their own people!
    As things are now, the UN should instruct those attacking Libya to stop their attacks and give space for a dialog between Gaddafis government and rebels. This could be a wiser way to end the Libyan conflicts.

  • Comment number 6.

    This action is taken under international law, specifically the 2005 "Responsibility to Protect" treaty. Most or all complaining nations are signatory to that treaty. Live up to your responsibilities!

  • Comment number 7.

    The leaders of several African countries have condemned the air strikes. I wounder what the other African Leaders are waiting for, SPEAK UP AFRICA! Do not wait until this problem is at your door steps before you speak up, No matter how long we fight each other, we will and must one day sit on a round table and fix this! Why not fix it now, instead of wasting innocent lives in Africa.

  • Comment number 8.

    Absolutely and positively yes,because the International community role in this intervention is well defined and morally correct.All those african Leaders who making noise are the ones that considered their lives more important than the people who elected them.If they do not have anything to offer the suffering people of Libya,let them shot up or they should not hurt their feelings.

    Menker Casey
    MA.USA

  • Comment number 9.

    So far, international intervention is an absolute proof.Why because the regional body like Au is silent about the problems.They are waiting to see civilians suffering first then act.Long live for international interventions in libya.For the strikes to stop,Gadaffi must stepdown or withdraw his forces from Rebel territory.

  • Comment number 10.

    It is such an embarrassment to have African Union send someone to Libya to find a solution. It is just a joke. There are so many crises that they have failed to handle.In Ivory Coast they told the world to leave Africans to solve their own problems, ECOWAS promised to solve the crisis but as soon as African Union and presidents like Zuma and other Southern dictators came into play it led to a stalemate and now a civil war. In Zimbabwe, violence and repression continues as if there is no Unity government. Zuma's team has been in Zim countless times but we do not see any progress. AU and SADC have held countless summits but they have failed to solve any crisis. DRC civil war is another African problem that they have failed. African Union is just a toothless bulldog that should keep quiet and continue their fruitless tea gatherings. African Union just comes in if you need it to prop up a dictator, that's its specialty. Anything to do with democracy, give AU or SADC a break, that is not their area of specialty.

  • Comment number 11.

    [Personal details removed by Moderator]You are asking when to stop the strikes in libya,Gadaffi should first step down or intervention continues.

  • Comment number 12.

    No, the foreign troops intervention have now make the conflict worse and dangerious for the people. No food, water supply is cut off, who is going to treat the wounded people? How will they help the civilian if they cannot get on the ground?

  • Comment number 13.

    i 100% support the intervention of libya by foreign nations for the following reasons: 1 gaddafi had taken the law in his hand and was comparing the lives of people to that of rats, saying that he is going to kill untill there will be a river of blood.
    2. all african leaders who are now making nose were quite when many people were suffering and dying every day in the hands of gaddafi
    3 the international community gave enough warning to gaddafi to stop killing his people but he could not listen. tell me how you can sit back & watch how one man who is out of his senses is killing people.
    4 african leaders are very slow in solving issues they talk so much and do little or nothing at all, take the example of ivory coast, they have now created a situation there where by many people have left their homes for other countries. these people need help, which help is to come from international communities. five months down the road they are still mixing words valuing the life of one person at the expense of many others. "a monkey can never set a forest on fire or otherwise where will it get food or sleep" let african leaders set an example to the world by first of all solving the problems in Ivory coast then we shall put our trust in them. how could we give gaddafi more days of discussion yet he was not ready to stop his killings.

  • Comment number 14.

    With sympathy, I support the international intervention due to the reasons that Gadahfi failed to listen to the protests' demands,he used a disproportional forces to kill the protesters who were only armed with stones and sticks,in self defense the protesters used what they had to get support from the international community.There,they must be rescued.

    The intervention should not last until Gadahfi's comment that he will fight until the death of the last man and women in Libya.
    However,the African leader like Museveni should not blame the intervention because they were around when it was negotiated and above all the AU was as quite as a grave because the are all in the same boat of Gadahfi.

  • Comment number 15.

    It is morally and ethically wrong for western powers to use military might to bring down gaddaffi's regime. i believe there are more better ways to handle that. what western powers will eventually achieve is a repeat of the Iraqi regretable episode. AU should have been allowed to finish what they started and besides,how do you possibly believe that peace can be achieve by engaging in bombarding Libya. shame on them. after all,this is Africa,as such,anything goes. If it were a more stronger nation,I am positive this decision wouldn't have been made.
    It's quite despicable and appalling.
    not in support and never in support of external invention in the affairs of sovereign states. the UN,if it continues like this might end up like the defunct League of Nations.MSCHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEW!

  • Comment number 16.

    It would be naïve to think that the security of Europe's key supplies of oil had nothing to do with this. That said, Gadaffi's end is long overdue. He has brutalised Libya for 40 years and in that time, he has sponsored terrorism in countries around the world and quite likely been responsible for at least one act of terrorism himself.
    The revolution that sparked the current rebellion was born of a nonviolent ethic. He chose to turn it into a civil war. If the International Community do not take action tens, if not hundreds of thousands of people will die.
    It is my hope that Mugabe will be looking North and realizing the precedent that is being set by this action so that when his time comes, those with a vested interest in Zimbabwe's status quo will not attempt to emulate Gadaffi any further than they already have.

  • Comment number 17.

    Much as I disagree with the Libyan Leader's clinging to power at all cost, I believe it was wrong was the so-called coalition forces of the West to intervene with air strikes. Is the world bereft of diplomats who can negotiate and bring pressure to bear on Qaddafi to step down? I don't think so. In any case is Libya the only country perpetuating human rights abuses in the world?
    Africans must wake up to this neo-colonialism.

  • Comment number 18.

    If anyone thinks that the African leaders are in anyway disinterested parties, take a look at Ghaddafi in his King of Africa outfit. He has done his best to buy his way into leadership of Africa and I doubt that the people of any of these leaders has benefited anymore from his money than the Libyan people have.
    If the democratic leaders of the western countries don't support the pro-democracy Libyans and Ghaddafi regains control of the entire country, he will destroy all the cities that are now free. He will not leave a single thing alive. Next he will clamp down so hard on the rest of Libya that no one will ever try to take his kingdom away from him or his family again.
    Does the west want to tell the people of the world that freedom and basic human rights are only for those who were lucky enough to be born in America or Europe? Does it want to send the message to vicious repressive leaders in the rest of the world that the way to stay in power is to murder their citizens? If they think that a policy like this will lead to stability in this region, they are kidding themselves. The best thing to do is send the strongest possible message that murder of innocent people, no matter where will not be tolerated.

  • Comment number 19.

    I really don't see the motivation for foreign forces to intervene in Libyan problems, and much less European countries intervening African issues. I think the Libyan president can handle his own his country's problems, after all that is the reason he is president. If a third party should be involved it should be chosen in steps, first the African Union should act, if it fails then the United Nations should act, if it fails ONLY THEN other countries can act.

  • Comment number 20.

    Foregn Forces mean mainly the west aka white majority countries.
    Gaddafi is a dictator and I have no sympathy for him but the west is there for OIL and not Libyans. The West does not care about the Libyan people as long as their leader bows to the west and helps the west sell their resources for pittance.


    The problem for the west is they are storing up hatred for people of european ancestry. There could be revenge in next 20 years as the Wests power wanes.

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  • Comment number 22.

    How can a person conderm the intervension of UN in Libya, I found it so irretating when some leaders in the world will see the truth vividly but choose to support lies, Sometimes i cry for the poor and less previledge mostly in Africa, our goverment dont have respect for human right, no freedom of anything, many of us are just smiling and suffering in silence... Many thanks to the Alied forces if not for there intervention many lifes could have been lost in Bengazi. All the leaders condeming this attack are ALL EVIL! Ask them, what have they done to resolve the crisis in Libya??? the answer is Nothing! Gadafi and all this leaders are birds of the same feather and colour. Many thanks to Sazcosy, many thanks to Obama, milions of thanks to Cameroon and all those good leaders out there who is supporting this campagine, you are all the kind of leaders the whole world need to be a better place.

  • Comment number 23.

    Here is the answer, Yemen, Bahrain and Syria unarmed protesters; Libya armed rebels, the world is so unjust.

  • Comment number 24.

    Those African leaders condemning the prevention of genocide in Libya are speaking only for themselves and not Africans.They do not represent the voice of any single African. The international community should ignore their comments and take no notice of it at all. It is a shame to see their atitudes towards Ivory coast where women are being raped daily and children are being killed. In Ugada, the level of poverty is alarming and South African crime rates are alarming too. The Lybians have suffered for 42years from the hand of one single man and his family. Today, the Lybians are taking matters into thier own hands and fighting for liberation and no single word of support came from these leaders other than discouragement. I expect a true African to reject oppression and genocide and not to encourage dictators who rape, killed and destroy thier own people. There a number of issues that these leaders should be busy doing: 1. Stop the war in congo, Ivory Coast, sudan etc. 2. respect fundamental rights of all africans 3. provide free medicals for all africans with HIV 4.Make Africa safers from criminals 5.create employment for the youth 6. Free Zimbabweans from dictatorship 7. Stop selling africa to china 8. provide education 8. Help haitians 9. Stop women oppression 10. stop child marriage
    These leaders should spend more time dealing with this ten issues rather than condemning efforts to free oppressed Lybians.

  • Comment number 25.

    Despite the fact that the mission five African Union leaders to Tripoli whose task was to find a solution to the Libyan crisis, was called off when the air strikes began, they should have still gone and then told the western leaders to stay off African soil and that Africans are able to solve their own problems.

  • Comment number 26.

    even me i wounder why exactly libya,and why the acted so quick like that!!! mr museven was right, they asked no fly zone in sumalia were people die everyday and they rejected there request, now ivory cost people dieying there and there quite,dafour thouthands of people killed by [Unsuitable/Broken URL removed by Moderator]milishia, the true it is the west they want to steal libyan oil, GOD punish you people long live libya

  • Comment number 27.

    Thank you NATO for her help regards to liberation free Libya.
    I hope NATO will help Burmese people as well, unfortunately Burma has a horrible dictatorship.

  • Comment number 28.

    Libya, quick western action, Cote Divoire ........ no body is saying anything? why?

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  • Comment number 58.

    I am shocked by this hypocrisy. Lets look at other areas in Africa where civilians need protection:

    1. DRC - DRC hosts the largest UN Military Force. But this is not a fighting force! Women are raped daily and civilians are dying daily through war funded for ulterior motives. Millions of dollars are spent per day to maintain this Force. Western countries are too willing to send their soldiers there to 'patrol'. Why not have the B2 Stealths, Tornados and the F16s to sort the problem in three days like the case in Libya? Simple, the true interests are being served by the status quo. DRC diamonds, gold, uranium and timber are finding their way to London, Brussels, New York etc unhindered. Try blocking them and you will see the wrath of fighter bombers. So the conflict is not ending soon.

    2. Ivory coast - Many civilians dying but this country has NO mineral of value. NO oil, diamond and gold. Just Cocoa for chocolate. Sooo..., leave that to the African Union and hold a small UN Force.

    3. Somalia - Massive civilian deaths bu NOTHING of note here other than an expansive coastline. Soo.., leave to AU (Uganda and Burundi soldiers) to die there. Not a single UN soldier.

    4. Zimbabwe - Civilians are dying but there is NO oil. Just some small amount of gold. So, not worth intervening.

    5. Libya - Oil's oil that ends with oil. So, after a few days, we bombard and bombard until the insurrectionists (armed rebels) take power and we freely access the country's oil. Since Libya situation is strikingly similar to Bahrain and Yemen why haven't the two been bombarded? Ooh, sorry I forgot, the two countries leaders, unlike Gaddafi are puppets of the west and do as told.

    The speed at which the UN Security Council took up the Libya agenda and passed it was breathtaking. A similar request for a no fly zone in Somalia has been pending in the UN bureaucracy for months without finding its way into the agenda.

    These so called rebels are led by turncoats who were serving in Gaddafi government but changed sides the moment the demonstrations started? Their only claim to righteousness is willing to cooperate with the West.

    In Gaddafi Libya, infrastructure was excellent, education, water and electricity was free and the GDP was better than SA and equals that of Spain? I know Gaddafi will forcefully be removed bit I am certain the living standard of Libyans will plummet under the next West puppet regime.

    Gaddafi is suddenly a devil to the west. Even the London School of Economics has just woken up and discovered that they need to return the millions of dollars of donations from Gaddafi and his son. The French President has also discovered the error of judgement in accepting Gaddafi campaign funds and Britain cant explain how they released the Lockerbie bomber to win contracts for BP.

    Gaddafi is not an angel but let the truth be told, the west are the definition of hypocrisy.

    I do hold and believe that Africa should be left alone to find solutions to their problems and sadly, Gaddafi is among the few African leaders who dared follow a path not cleared by the west - now he has to pay for it.

  • Comment number 59.

    I think it is right for the west to intervene into Libeya, questioning why Libeya and not other same conflict countries is not realistic, if you look at Col Gaddifi's act on Libeya's citizens compare to the rest I think col Gaddifi an un accepted handling of Libeya's peaceful demonstration is not acceptable.

    Rally of cries from the likes of Uganda and the rest are just state of fear and perhaps way forward to avoid same intervention in their states assuming citizens those spark the same demonstration.

    I dont see any point of arguments here as Libeyan's are been killed un necessarily there by Col Gaddiffi, western intervention is right and at the right time and a warning to those leaders clinching on power for decades in Africa.

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    There is no doubt in my mind that it would have been another Rwanda; if the international community stood by and watched Ghadafi massacre people in Benghazi. This is pure humanitarian action. As an African I know that most of African leaders that are complaining are not any different from Ghadafi. Museveni preached democracy when he came to power quarter of a century ago and he still did not deliver it. He is a good example of failed African leaders and does not have any right to comment on anything. He should be the next to be chased out. It is time to clean dictators from the continent. As to how far they should go; they should bomb his Palace. There is no point living him there. He is brutal dictator.

  • Comment number 61.

    The international intervention is indeed necessary to prevent a sick despot from unleashing a humanitarian disaster on his own people. How else should the world react when this tyrant looks at the Libyan people in the eye and say there will be no mercy on people who tried to stand up to his tyranny?

    The so-called African leaders who are crying foul see themselves in Ghadaffi. These are the very people who talk about African solutions to African problems (like their solution to the Ivorian crisis!!!), whilst they shamelessly run to the West begging for development aid which they use to enrich themselves and oppress their people.

    They are beginning to understand that sooner or later we Africans will stand up to their tyranny and hold them to account. I suspect they will be having many sleepless nights over occurencies in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. We cant wait for these popular uprisings to spread to sub-Saharan Africa!

  • Comment number 62.

    This intervention has been long overdue!

  • Comment number 63.

    i humbly think that in this era of globalisation, there is no such thing as foreign powers. when will we all understand that what happens in one part of the world definitely affects others. and like we all know to him that more is given more is also expected. so if the stronger nations do not intervene in Libya where thousands of people only want to enjoy the same freedoms that others already have, by getting rid of a man who thinks he is the only libyan ordained to rule, then i wonder who should help.
    May the LORD bless those who use their resources to help others gain their freedoms and liberties.

  • Comment number 64.

    Absolutely no. Military intervention is not acceptable where there was an opportunity for peaceful resolution as was envisioned by Africa Union. What the French and Americans are doing is destroying the hard earned infrastructure of Libyans. There is going to be violence that will affect Libyans long after the oil hungry nations have left as was the case in Somalia. This intervention is not Humanitarian, it is strategic in nature.

    Ghadaffi, for sure has had mistakes especially that of overstaying in power and denying his people freedom, yet violence response should have been the last resort. I believe Museveni and his committee were to achieve a peaceful settlement if only the oil hungry nations would stop meddling.

    Why has US and allies ignored Somalia, Ivory coast, Bahrein and others? Why were they so quick to go to Libya? Of course apart from the need to want to place a stooge in the Libyan white house, they are also diverting the attention of the disillusioned Americans with the failing Obama policies and for France , don't mention.

    It would have served Libyans better if the regime went after a negotiated exit. For Ghadaffi to hang on power after these events is also useless and unwise. In all things restraint is better. I am surprised that some worse dictators in Africa supported the bombing of Libya, but am also gratified that we still have wise people like Mr. Museveni.

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  • Comment number 67.

    America and its partners, we beg you in the name of God, who shall recieve all in Heaven, please stop this wars, it does not lead us any where, targeting one man and at the end killing so many people is not the best solution, you did the same in IRAQ and Afghanistan and what has been achieved there, absolutely nothing, lets leave Gaddafi and his people A lone, why getting into another country problem.
    Can any country do that to you? what do you want to achieve? kill people and Gaddafi and than what? Do you think that will bring peace, after Killing Sadam Husein, has total peace return to Iraq? If you are fighting to take power from him for others, what about people in Libya who are also in support of him, won't you be denying those people their right as well.
    please do away with your selfish interest and allow others to rule their country, their Oil is theirs, is God gift to them and allow them to rule themself.

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    I think Libya needed intervention, but so does Ivory Coast, etc. doing one and not the other stinks of double standards, or hints of western agendas and not the interests of Libyan citizens.

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    People....Lets NOT let America and it's Allies INSULT our intelligence AGAIN..remember Iraq started of as a No-Fly-Zone in the 1990s but ended has a bloodbath regime change that cost millions of lives and the only place in Iraq the coalition protected was the oil fields...b'cos it was surrounded by the western armed forces and that was the end game all along..OIL OIL OIl...I believe Libya has the best quality oil too...

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    Was quite a good thing by intervening in Lybia.The only way the West can easily come out of econmic crisis is by help tople all leaders who have served for more than 15 years so that they do not subdue the masses. When face with problems financially they run to the west so the west can also help promote democracy so as to serve the huge sums they use for peace making to invest. Infact the game should continue to Cameroon, Equatorial guinea,burkina Fasso,Ivory coat,zimbabwe etc

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    The western powers will only vie for their interests in conflict zones that have the raw material to feed into their economies. Where were these powers when Kony commited crimes against humanity for 20 years in Uganda? Where were they when the Rwanda Genocide happened? There is no oil in these places, no gold, nothing! The quest for repeated colonialism is strong and it can be seen behing the human rights flag. This is how they colonized Africa. The continent had the commodities they wanted to supply the Industrialization thirst that prevailed then. So they came and made us look primitive; introduced a religion of obedience, severed our community ties and while they stole from us, we fought against each other. The west cannot claim they are void of power hungry, corrupt officials that abuse human rights. We all know that very well. It has only made us wiser. This is my opinion.

  • Comment number 74.

    The problems in Africa are caused by the bad leaders, all the leaders like to cling to power without doing nothing for the masses.The western world are moving forward everyday and africa are backward, even the western are fed up of immigrants,therefore, there is time for everything, if they don't want to change they have to it with force from external body. Not only in libya they have to wipe all the bad leaders in Africa. Enough is Enough. Africa is blessed and this is the time for the world to see that glory. After war then peace,Liberty and joy. I want you all to consider all the natural resources that are in africa still we do suffer. All badleaders mut go.

  • Comment number 75.

    As a Sierra Leonean, some of us are happy that someone wanting to resemble Hitler of this century must be pursued and disarmed. So far the allies are doing what poor countries who had a taste of his brutality never dreamt of doing. Let him be captured alive for the Hague.

  • Comment number 76.

    The world stood by in 1994 whilst Rwandans were killed in their tens of thousands by those who had the upper hand. The world said never again. When a leader calls its people rats and cocroaches, he meant to treat them as such by killing what he calls rats and cocroaches even if they numbered thousands. So the UN intervened to prevent such a massacre from someone who doesn't value the lives of other people but his own and his family. I am over hundred percent behind the action of the UN and the countries who have not stood by. Some African countries are on the payrole of Ghadaffi and he wouldn't have even listened to them or he could have bribed the very ones who were coming for the so called peace talks. It is just but right now to get rid of this man. To keep him alive on his own will be dangerous because he will retaliate by grooming terrorists to attack Western countries and the Arab countries supporting the coalition forces. It's about time.The blood of innocent people are crying for vengeance which waited for too long but for the sacred life of one Tunisian graduate who died that others may live in freedom. May God bless his soul and console his grieving family which the present Tunisian government and all governments who have been free to adopt them and take care of them adequately. They are an icon for freedom.

  • Comment number 77.

    The Coalition forces should not have intervened in Libya's internal affairs, as this is purely a Libyan matter. It is painfully obvious that "the West" want to get rid of Gadaffi and have seized upon the rebel revolt, as an excuse to do so. They get some trumped up resolution from the UN, which is so wide and vague that they can do anything they like and the trouble is that they believe! they can do anything they like.

    If this is all about protecting civilians, then why have they not sought a resolution for Syria; Bahrain; the Yemen?

    What happens if the civilians of Sirte are true Gadaffi supporters and the Rebels attack them? Will Nato and its token Arab states then bomb the Rebel forces, in order to protect these "civilians" or are they wearing the wrong colours. I think we all know the answer to this one.

    Two wrongs do not make a right. If Gadaffi was so unpopular he would have been forced out by now. After all, there does not seem to be any mass exodus from Tripoli and there would have been one, if they were not true Gadaffi supporters.

    The "West" simply cannot take the law into their own hands and they must not be allowed to do so. The next time around, I suspect that it will be very difficult to obtain a UN resolution, the Arab League having been fooled the first time round, and perhaps next time, countries like Russia and China will not simply abstain, they will vote against it.

    I am as British as David Cameron, but I cannot condone what the West is doing and stand by and say nothing.

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    This is quite absurd, there are several conflicts around the world why can't these so called saviours help out in somalia, ivory coast, zimbabwe, Yemen , Bahrain, and even North Korea, the reason they bombing Libya is that they want to siphon Libya oil, secondly they were fearing China's close links with Libya, since libya has one of the leading oil resreves in the world, that is why they had even to change the overall command from UN to nato knowing that some members in the UN would veto these cruel activities, but more over even the places they say they have saved has no peace, look at Iraq. Afighanstan!! military brutality is not a solution! what they are after is siphoning oil, while disguiesing that they will rebuild libya ,but that money will be got from Libya oil!! true hypocrites shame on UK, France and US.
    much as i would like Col Gadafi to go, but the way they are doing it is inhumane.
    if they have done that let it be across africa and rest of tue world, for all those long serving presidents should be treated in the same manner that is two from Latin America, two from Asia and seven from Africa!! all should go and let these very people stop selling military equipment to these leaders. Am just wondering how many civilains are going to die in the aftermath in thier so called opertaion!! and UN IS VERY QUITE DESPITE THE BOMBINGS BEING DONE while lives are being lost remember even soldiers are lives!! Does no fly zone embargo mean bombings???????!!

  • Comment number 79.

    although i agree that ghadaffi was and still is a dictator and must be removed from power i don't think it was a good idea for the west to intervene in Libya. why is it that they saw the need for military force against them when they failed to intervene in numerous other conflicts such as the situation in Sudan why not intervene there if there was such a concern for innocent civilians. also if there reason for intervention is to be believed they should look at the situation in Palestine and try helping the civilians there as well. cause i think it shows a serious double standard when it comes to how the international community handles issues when u help civilians in one country and leave others to suffer. i will end here cause i don't want to break any house rules!

  • Comment number 80.

    I the foreign intervention should not have taken place on the soil of Africa. Africans are carrying seriously of poor development, poverty and high illiteracy rate, why the bombing of libya, oh Allah!!!.A more and professional ways should have been develop to handle the situation not NATO firing bombs here and there. NATO are providing support for the rebels to do what in the country?. How can rebels control a country? who will be responsible for the reconstruction of libya? where will the money come from? libya, world bank,ADB where? and where?.

  • Comment number 81.

    The International coalition are fighting for oil not protecting anyone because Cote-D'Ivoire crisis erupted long before the Libya crisis, In Cote-D'ivoire were election winner was denied and mass killing are taking places, why did the International coalition not intruded because there is no oil in Cote-D'ivoire, If Obama, David Cameroon and France president Nicholas are thinking about the masses and they love their people and their country they will not go for the attack because they are protected, so they do not give a darn to any but to create more enemy in the Arab world, Future will tell because Libya will be like Afghan, Pakistan and Irag where series of bomb explosion taken place and killing innocent people. International coalition should help Bahrain also including Sudan, Somalia Pirate, Yemen, Syria,Cote-D'ivoire, Congo, Algeria, Morocco and E.T.C

  • Comment number 82.

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  • Comment number 83.

    I don't think the intervention of the foreign force in Libya was a right and good decision.That is to say there were alternative means of resolving the issue without any millitary intervention.They should have taken into consideration what happened in Iraq where they just intervened for intervening sake and not for the benefit of the citizens but for their own accolistic desires.This could be realised clearly by the lack of the exit plan for the operation.I my opinion I see no reason why some body would invade another persons continent and country under the notion of keeping peace ending up creating more mayhem.

  • Comment number 84.

    I think it is bad presidence and it also exposed the hypocrazy of the West. Tell me should Mr Gadaffi just fold his hands and let him be killed. The rebels in Lybia unlike those in Egypt and Tunisia, are not peaceful demonstrators. Lybian demonstrators took up arms to fight a legitimate government. If the West think what they are doing in Lybia is justified why ae they quiet about Ivory Coast? IS Gbagbo also not killing civilians? Why are they quiet about Saudi Arabia where demonstration is banned and why have they not spoken against Bharian where Saudi Arabia and some other Gulf countries sent soldiers to kill civilians. The West aonly want to distabilize Lybia and profit from such distabilization

 

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