Obama orders Gaddafi to step down, reasons with air force

4 March 2011 — RT

Amidst increasing speculation the US and UK could possibly intervene in Libya with military force, President Obama announced he is keeping all options open, and ordered military transport planes into the region to help with evacuations.

­As the situation in Libya deteriorates, the speculations about foreign intervention in the country are growing. It is speculated that the US and UK, who have already advocated for military a solution in Libya, might come in force under the guise of humanitarian assistance.

American President Barack Obama, in his strongest words yet against the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, said the colonel has lost all legitimacy to rule and must step down.

Obama also mentioned he has approved of the use of American military equipment in assisting in the evacuation of foreigners from Libya

Washington has already increased its military presence in the region.

The responsibility of protecting the anti-governmental forces has been accepted very selectively within the international community.

Just a week ago 29 peaceful demonstrators were killed in Iraq by a government propped up by thousands of US troops there. In Bahrain, demonstrators have been rioting for weeks, and authorities are firing tear gas and shooting on protestors. The US has not come out and said anything in either case, probably because of its troops in Iraq and the huge Navy base for its Fifth Fleet in Bahrain.

Just a few weeks ago hundreds of peaceful demonstrators in Egypt were killed by police forces and the response from Washington was a call for restraint on both sides, without any mention of international intervention. Today, when forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi have to deal with protestors armed with Kalashnikovs, RPGs and highjacked tanks, the international community intellectualizes on ‘stopping Gaddafi firing at his people’.

Libya has the largest proven oil reserves in Africa and European energy companies have invested a lot in the country, so calls of the international community to stop violence in Libya have more of a business tone than one of human rights protection.

Military interference into the Libyan unrest would only increase the violence in the country and aggravate the problems the Libyan people already have to encounter, believes Russian FM’s deputy and Russian President’s Middle East special envoy Aleksandr Saltanov, who expressed this opinion in a meeting on Friday with Ali ben Hasan Jaafar, the Saudi ambassador to Moscow.

The latest word from Washington is that a no flight zone over Libya is being considered, which contradicts the opinion of the head of Pentagon who earlier stated that such a blockade would be an act of war because it would require bombing Libya’s air defenses.

The presence of British Special Forces in Benghazi has been justified as an attempt to secure several tons of mustard gas and other potential chemical weapons that are thought to be in the country.

On Friday the violence has continued, particularly in the east of Libya where governmental troops have been firing on rebel forces. Rebel leaders say that they will not give in until Gaddafi steps down; Gaddafi says that he is going nowhere.

Several countries in the North of Africa and the Middle East have dubbed this Friday a ‘Day of Rage’, and people were invited to take to the streets to protest, some are expected in Tripoli.

The border between Tunisia and Libya is currently closed, but yesterday up to 35,000 Bangladeshi workers walked out of Libya and are now in refugee camps. There are about 60,000 people in a state of complete uncertainty about what will happen within hours and what they should do.


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