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Libya No-Fly-Zone Is Anything But
The Atlantic ^ | July 19, 2011 | Micah Zenko

Posted on 07/19/2011 11:13:09 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) assumed command and control over the western-led intervention in the Libyan civil war four months ago with three stated military missions: enforce an arms embargo, enforce a no-fly-zone, and protect civilians and civilian populated areas.

As I have noted often on this blog, NATO has selectively enforced the arms embargo by looking the other way when the rebels were caught red handed violating it. Furthermore, after NATO ally France was exposed by Le Figaro for violating the arms embargo by air-dropping rocket launchers, machine guns, and anti-tank grendaes to Libyan rebels, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen responded: "I don't consider the so-called arms drop a problem." Alliance spokesperson Oana Lungescu added, despite all public evidence to the contrary, that "the arms embargo is effective."

Now, there is growing evidence that NATO is also selectively enforcing the no-fly-zone over Libya. The international mandate for NATO's intervention is UN Security Council Resolutions 1970 and 1973, the latter of which establishes "a ban on all flights in the airspace of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya in order to help protect civilians."

Last Wednesday, an unnamed Financial Times reporter wrote: "Supplies to the Nafusa region have to be brought in on long road journeys from neighbouring Tunisia, although there is also an aircraft that comes from Benghazi." Indeed, Ali Tarhouni, the Oil and Finance Minister of the rebels' National Transitional Council, was on-hand to celebrate what was the third no-fly-zone violation from this airport (For

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: libya; oup

1 posted on 07/19/2011 11:13:15 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar
France was exposed by Le Figaro for violating the arms embargo by air-dropping rocket launchers, machine guns, and anti-tank grenades to Libyan rebels

Damn. Why can't I get an airdrop like that in my neighborhood? Shoot, we've even got a 4000 foot soft field airstrip to make it easy for them.

2 posted on 07/19/2011 11:20:57 AM PDT by Noumenon (The only 'NO' a liberal understands is the one that arrives at muzzle velocity.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Its OBAMA’s WAR! He owns it!


3 posted on 07/19/2011 11:47:20 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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