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Yahoo! News: UN approves Libya no-fly zone

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UNITED NATIONS – Moving swiftly in response to a request by Arab nations, the U.N. Security Council on Thursday paved the way for international air strikes against Moammar Gadhafi's forces with its vote authorizing military action to protect civilians and a no-fly zone over Libya.

The council acted five days after the Arab League urged the U.N.'s most powerful body to try to halt Gadhafi's advancing military and reverse the realities on the ground, where rebels and their civilian supporters are in danger of being crushed by pro-government forces using rockets, artillery, tanks and warplanes.

The vote was 10-0 with five countries abstaining including Russia and China, which have veto power in the council, along with India, Germany and Brazil. Russia and China expressed concern about the United Nations and other outside powers using force against Gadhafi, and Germany expressed fear that military action would lead to more casualties.

The United States — which in a dramatic reversal joined the resolution's initial supporters Britain, France and Lebanon — not only helped push for a quick vote but pressed for action beyond creation of a no-fly zone to protect civilians from air, land and sea attacks by Gadhafi's fighters.

I have no problem with this personally, I just don't think it should be up to the United States to take the lead on this. We have enough going on with everything else we're dealing with, we don't need this headache. I'm sure if we go into this with the support of the world, it will turn out just like everything else the world supports us on in the beginning. We'll have full support from everybody until something goes wrong, then we will be the bad guys again. It seems like it always works this way for us.

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