View Full Version : Int'l Issues NATO Now Threatening to Bomb Libyan Rebels…

03-31-2011, 07:21 PM
Out of control..political approaches to real war situations and people in charge who have no clue.

WASHINGTON — 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.

As NATO takes over control of airstrikes in Libya, and the Obama administration considers new steps to tip the balance of power there, the coalition has told the rebels that if they endanger civilians, they will not be shielded from possible bombardment by NATO planes and missiles, just as the government’s forces have been punished.

“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.”

The warnings, and intense consultations within the NATO-led coalition over its rules for attacking anyone who endangers innocent civilians, come at a time when the civil war in Libya is becoming ever more chaotic, and the battle lines ever less distinct. They raise a fundamental question that the military is now grappling with: who in Libya is a civilian?


03-31-2011, 08:19 PM
How do you tell the same people who hid behind the women and children of Iraq and Afghhanistan to suddenly stop??

Obama really stepped in it with this one.

04-01-2011, 02:23 AM
Sounds like they just realized that the guys they are supplying an air force to are more likely than not to start killing and raping every pro-government person once they win.

04-01-2011, 02:26 AM
Kinetics can be baffling.

04-01-2011, 06:14 AM
What is going on here?

04-01-2011, 06:28 AM
April Fools' Day?

04-01-2011, 06:45 AM
No, it's true, to keep the other side from 'cleansing'.

04-01-2011, 07:28 AM
We are being lead by a bunch of dumbasses, and we voted them in. And in the next election there will be more dumbasses and we'll vote them in too. And in the election after that........

04-01-2011, 07:51 AM
This is like watching a Bronco-Raider Game. Id like to bomb whoever has the lead. Then when lead changes bomb the other side. The goal of the game is at the end of the 4th quarter both sides have been eliminated.

04-01-2011, 08:17 AM
Is the VFW going to have to change it's name in the future? Veterans of Foreign Scope-limited Kinetic Military Actions?

Easy 6
04-01-2011, 11:26 AM
Is the VFW going to have to change it's name in the future? Veterans of Foreign Scope-limited Kinetic Military Actions?