Washington's UN War Resolution on Libya - by Stephen Lendman
On March 18, Washington bullied Security Council members to approve Resolution 1973, a measure authorizing war on Libya. The 10 - 0 vote included five abstentions from China, Russia, Germany, Brazil and India, objecting to sweeping terms, including wide latitude for belligerence on bogus "humanitarian" grounds.
In fact, it's to replace one despot with another, perhaps assassinate Gaddafi, colonize Libya, control its oil, gas and other resources, exploit its people, privatize its state industries under Western control, establish new US bases, use them for greater regional control, and perhaps balkanize the country like Yugoslavia and Iraq.
A same day White House press release headlined, "Readout of President Obama's Calls with (UK) Prime Minister Cameron and (French) President Sarkozy," saying:
"The leaders agreed that Libya must immediately comply with all terms of the resolution and that violence against the civilian population of Libya must cease."
Obama also ordered Gaddafi to implement an immediate ceasefire or face military intervention, saying terms were non-negotiable.
The resolution authorizes "all necessary measures...to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack," including a no-fly zone and illegal air strikes.
On March 18, Reuters headlined, "US Pushing for Air Strikes, No-Fly Zone in Libya," saying:
Washington urges "air strikes against Libyan tanks and heavy artillery."
AP reported that an unnamed British MP said UK "forces were on stand by for air strikes and could be mobilized as soon as" March 17. French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said his country will join Britain and Washington in launching attacks. Doing so will be illegal aggression, America's speciality, currently waging illegal wars against Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, plus proxy regional ones.
The latest involves Saudi troops, at Obama's behest, invading Bahrain guns blazing, murdering civilians, arresting opposition leaders and activists, denying wounded men and women medical treatment, occupying the country, and instituting police state control.
For his part, Gaddafi responded to belligerence. He didn't instigate it. International law supports him. A previous article explained, accessed through the following link:
Nonetheless, Resolution 1973 authorizes "shock and awe," entailing mass destruction and "collateral damage," assuring heavy civilian casualties.
Perhaps outsmarting the West, Libya's Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa announced an "immediate cease-fire and the stoppage of all military operations," knowing NATO's alternative without it. In response, UK Prime Minister David Cameron said, "We will judge him by his actions, not his words."
Addressing the House of Commons, he said Britain will deploy warplanes, "air-to-air refueling, and surveillance aircraft" over Libyan airspace, violating its territory. "Preparations....have already started, and in the coming hours they will move to airbases from where they can take the necessary action," he added.