Colonel Gadaffi has taken to Turkish TV to state that the Libyan people will fight back against the West if a no-fly zone is imposed. If such a measure was taken by foreign leaders, Gadaffi reckons it would prove that they want to “take control of Libya and steal their oil”.
An imposition of this kind has caused controversy across the world, and is not considered a very practical proposition. Hilary Clinton, US Secretary of State, spoke on American television to air her views that it should be an international effort approved by the United Nations; not driven by one nation alone. Russia and China have already expressed their opposition to this kind of intervention.
David Cameron has also been discussing the possibilities today in the House of Commons, to mixed reception. The idea behind the proposition is that it would make Gadaffi stop using air power against his own civillians. Britain and France are reportedly drafting a no-fly zone plan together to present to the Security Council.
However, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, which represents other Arabic countries, are in favour of a no-fly zone. If the intervention is made by the organisation, this would put a hole in Gadaffi’s theory of the West trying to take over his country.
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