March 17th, 2011
06:39 PM ET

U.N. Security Council approves no-fly zone over Libya

The U.N. Security Council on Thursday voted to approve a no-fly zone extending over all of Libya to try to halt Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's mounting attacks against rebel positions.

The resolution states  that "all necessary means" can be used to enforce the no-fly zone. Flights to provide humanitarian aid, medicine or for evacuations are exempt.

The vote was 10 for, none against and five abstentions.

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  1. DrFood

    Great! I'm glad to see this got handled in a timely fashion!


    March 17, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • LOL@YOU


      March 17, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Austin

      About time.

      March 17, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • phuckDAUN

      See we tried but were just a little too late. Oh well I guess our oil contracts are still valid now.

      March 17, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mudstock

      I appreciate the sarcasm. I mean what the heck were they waiting for. As soon as the Arab League gave consent and agreed they would enforce it it should have begun. May be a little to late/

      March 17, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • lynseypug

      It's sort of like when the Post Office delivers your Christmas present in April.

      March 17, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • johnybinfantry

      Open fire!!!!

      March 17, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      The issue in Libya is an internal issue–no one has a right to violate another country's sovereignty. That is to say, to impose there will on them, to decided the winner in a civil war. How would you have like it if another country interfered with your country's domestic issues? How would you have like it if England directly intervened in the American civil war, supporting the South? I bet you that your ethnocentric view would be offended!

      March 17, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • skarphace

      @Jay: In my opinion, there is no argument that can validate Gadhafi's government. He has declared war on his own country and committed many war crimes in the process. One way or another, this day marks the beginning of the end of his regime.

      This decision was made not for American policy, but to save lives. I hope it is not too late to save many lives in Libya. However, I am happy this decision was finally made.

      March 17, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rajah


      A civil war occurs when 2 or more groups of people within the same country fight against each other soldier to soldier, not one man, his family, and his paid-for mercenaries against the majority of his people massacring innocent civilians in the process. Gaddafi even threatened to wipe out entire villages loyal to the rebels. He ordered his pilots to bomb unarmed protestors during the initial peaceful protests. That's genocide, not war, and is against the UN charter. Would you call Hitler's massacre of the unarmed Jews an "internal problem" of a sovereign nation? This "internal problem", "sovereign state" excuse has been used by numerous countries to commit genocide on ethnic minorities.

      March 17, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Shane G

    Dare ya to try and send your jets now Moammar!! Watch them get blown out of the sky. One of our Stealth Fighters can take on ten of your crappy jets.

    March 17, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      no need any more....

      March 17, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jobl

      And an F-22 can kill 20 of Mommar's MiGs. Unfortunately, implementing a no-fly zone will require the destruction of certain ground assets and there's no resolve in the West for any more war in the Arab world.

      March 17, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • jersvette

      Just send one F-22 Raptor and it is all over.

      March 17, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. King Gadhafi


    March 17, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael J.

      You're a moron.

      March 17, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • eddie w

      damn im never first.

      March 17, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Poeticguy

    who on their right minds abstains from saving fellow human beings from massacre?? Germany abstained? with such a sad history and they decide to abstain? what goes around comes around.

    March 17, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tad Pole

      I am pretty sure that Germany abstained because if they didn't, they might be asked to fly some of those enforcement missions. Politically, it would be impossible to get the german airforce involved in something like that – it just isn't do-able.
      Give them time.. things are changing.. but slowly.

      March 17, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      it's all politics. like you liberals who pounded GW Bush for attacking Iraq and Saddam Hussein (who has killed hundreds of thousands of people). now it's ok since it's Obama in office, but back then you were calling for impeachment. hypocrites.

      March 17, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evan

      To Chris: There is a world of difference picking a fight and using all manner of lies to try to justify it, and stepping in when the school yard bully is about to beat the snot out of someone who dared to challenge him and you're stepping in just gives that other guy a fighting chance. Gadhafi has had this coming for a long time – and if for nothing else, it for Lockerbie and Libya's massacre of those innocents. Up your, you delusional clown, Gadhafi.

      March 17, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • VegasJack

      What are you talking about Chris? There was a no-fly zone in Iraq for years, mostly under the Clinton administration. The complaining came in 2003 when the United States sent in ground forces in response to 9/11 (and obstensibly to keep WMD's out of terrorist's hands).

      March 17, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • skarphace

      @chris: the protest about going into Iraq was because we did it unilaterally. This time around, we got international support before throwing our weight around. Heck, the international community, including the Arab states and the Libyans themselves were practically screaming for us to get involved by the time Obama made his move. There is no way they can say they didn't want our involvment when all is said and done this time around.

      March 17, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • richard

      Poor Evan, Too much Fox and no enough reality? Iraq we invaded I grant you but where was the arab league? I'll waer we will see jets with a crescent and moon on the tails. Face it the Iraq war was cooked up by your boy GW. I seem to recall mention of mushroom clouds, hero's welcomes and a cost paid with Iraq oil money and about 50 billion.

      All in all not the same boyo.

      March 17, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whocares

      @Chris .. U r an ass. Bush attacked n killed innocent people. Obama is trying to save innocent people from Bush's brother from another mother

      March 17, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. joe b


    March 17, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • rally

      But who will be paying for the party ?

      March 17, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • skarphace

      @rally: if there ever is a choice between the almighty dollar and human lives, there really is no choice.

      March 17, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. NewsLover321

    This should be interesting

    March 17, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Evan

    OMG! Someone must have reached down into their pants and found something heretofore unknown down there. Now let's hope that the vote gets translated into real action before Gahdafit and those henchmen sons of his with their own private armies manage to annilhilate the opposition and proceed with their mass exterminations on the ground.

    March 17, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chettahe

      Are you ready to fight Qaddafi? Then take your gun and join the rebels. Sitting in your couch sending the US young poor kids to fight a war of no interest to them is immoral.

      March 17, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*Tom

      The soldiers signed up to fight in times like this.

      March 17, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • skarphace

      @Chetahe: you said, "a war of no interest ". This is precisely the reason we need to get involved. This is an effort to save HUMAN lives, not a war for oil or other American interests. This is why our involvement is a good thing this time around.

      March 17, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • ab

      @scarphace-are u sure for Humanity....Why dont americans go to liberate Eritrea (they are under dictator like gaddaffi)...Unfortunatly they have nothing(no Petrol) i tell you one thing for sure ..may be the arab GVTs are taking actions now with american side--but i dont think Arab people...I have seen many arab countries as refugee(not as journalist or tourist)..i have seen them how much they are anti-america and anti-israel...Lol..anyway its nice for most of the Libyan people to see gadaffi down(i wouldnt say alll as i have seen many who like him..i have been there)..LOL

      March 17, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • skarphace

      @ab: I do feel the US should start pushing for international support for citizens in other countries who are victims of military aggression from their government. The prime example is the Ivory Coast. I am aware that the Libyan conflict is getting more attention than other countries because they are an oil-rich Arab state. However, I still have seen no convincing argument as to why we should allow those hundereds of thousands of Libyans to be slaughtered by this madman. If you have such an argument, then make it so I can counter.

      March 17, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • ab

      @scarphace....Lol...why dont americans go to Yemen,Bahrain...even know why ..this is not about Humanity...I telll you it is about PETROL...if u say no...then yemen gvt is shooting cakes to his

      March 17, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Yea right

    And just who is supposed to enforce this?

    March 17, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marv

      Not the brightest bulb, are you?

      March 17, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      My exact thoughts. Hope they're not looking to the U.S. to do this. Not that we couldn't, but why should we? Last time I checked we were a little busy elsewhere...

      March 17, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smokey Waterz

      There should be no doubt as to who's going to be doing this. America will get some, too.

      March 17, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • reggie

      All 10 nations who voted yes will enforce this measure. This is why The U.S.A needed the approval so we would not be going at it alone. Great Work

      March 17, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joe

    I'm so glad for the Libyans!

    March 17, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kamal

    Thank God. Now the message is clear, the brutal killings and greed of a few individual will be replaced by the will of the majority. The world is behind this decision, thanks to everyone that made this happen.

    March 17, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jan

      Unfortunately the loyalists advance mainly on land and there are just two major cities that still resist.

      March 17, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • skarphace

      @Jan: even it that is true (and it may be, even though there is still fighting in several other cities), those two cities are the rebel strongholds. Much like Tobruk and Surt are Gadhafi strongholds. Now that we are going to keep Gadhafi from bombing those cities from the air, they stand a much better chance at resistance and turning the tables once again.

      March 17, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Chris B.

    Gaddafi will need more than a red bull to get his wings back now. About time.

    March 17, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Surferdad

    I can't wait to Ghaddafi and his arrogant sons hang. Here we come from the free world, britches!

    March 17, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scholasticus

      "Free world"? And by the way - the UN resolutions is over control of airspace, not a ground invasion (which the US has already ruled out anyway). Gaddhafi will not much care about this, a day or two before his troops have vanquished the resistance ...

      March 17, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • skarphace

      @Scholasticus: the best tactic Gadhafi had to take over Benghazi quickly was to bomb it first, then send the troops in when it was softened up. This tactic will be disallowed. In addition, when the Gadhafi tanks start shelling from the ground, and his ships from the sea I am willing to bet you will see those tanks and ships go up in flames from the planes in the air. This is not 'game over', but it is the beginning of yet another turning point in this revolution.

      March 17, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. POop Face


    March 17, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. leovzla

    GOD this is the death sentence to a lot of people. Damn UN sucks

    March 17, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • skarphace

      @leovzla: not getting involved would have been a death sentence to alot more people. In addition, at least this way many of the people dying will actually be the ones who deserve it.

      March 17, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jwt

    and who is going to pay for this? Billions more down the drain

    March 17, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
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