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Thursday, March 31, 2011 

Damocles revisited.

This apparently isn't an early April Fools:

Members of the NATO alliance have sternly warned the rebels in Libya not to attack civilians as they push against the government of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, according to senior military and government officials.

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“We’ve been conveying a message to the rebels that we will be compelled to defend civilians, whether pro-Qaddafi or pro-opposition,” said a senior Obama administration official. “We are working very hard behind the scenes with the rebels so we don’t confront a situation where we face a decision to strike the rebels to defend civilians.”

These would be the same rebels that we're getting ready to supply better weapons to. Then again, maybe there's a brutal logic here somewhere: we give them guns, we bomb them, then we give them some more to replace the ones we've destroyed. Those arms firms Cameron was fluffing for the other week should be happy.

Oh, and now even the rebels are conceding it's going to take "months" to overthrow Gaddafi. It's getting grimmer up north Benghazi.

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I had wondered what the response would be should the 'rebels' start flying against military forces who attacking such forces camped out in civilian areas.

As you say though the UN may end up in the position whereby it has to attack the very forces it armed; gosh that situation sounds so familiar.

this war would have all the aspects of a Carry On film were it not for all the suffering generated but i wonder too if it's just a new way of waging war without getting people too excited, war by degrees. let's try something which needs something else doing to sort it out.....ad inf.

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