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. Jonah

    Tick, tick, tick...too little too late.

    'Mad dog' has been rampaging for over a week slaughtering, threatening and cleansing. Meanwhile the international community prevaricate, pontificate and procrastinate.

    Well done us, just a rerun of what we did with Serbia.

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

      No Jonah, there is a good chance that this comes before Gadhafi can go crazy with his brand of ethnic cleansing. May a cruise missle be a rotor rooter to his hooter!

      March 17, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • runswithbeer

      A week? try 40 years.

      March 17, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Devil's Advocate

    Oh great, here we go again! Sticking our noses in another country's business. Iraq taught us nothing, but maybe we can spare more young lives for a cause that gets us nothing but more filled body bags.

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

    I believe the RAF and French will be in Libyan airspace within the hour.

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

    so now we're taking sides? why the wait. . . should have been done while the revolution had momentum. . . things have kind of turned around. So what happens when a us jet gets shot down? Do we invade? This is a real slippery slope we're on. After we influence the outcome then what? If Khafaffy holds on there will be lockerbie type retaliation. If he's ousted the new regime will ask us what took so long for intervention, they won't be our "friends"

    March 17, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • reggie

      If we would have did this sooner without approval then thats just The U.S in another country doing no good. Now we have 10 countries that have to enforce this measure not on U.S

      March 17, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • gregoryd

      I agree why wait and as far as Gadhafi and terrorism we just need to kill him. yup thatlllll do it.

      March 17, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • skarphace

      @rgncgh: I am confused. You say we should have gotten involved, but we should never have gotten involved. Can't have it both ways. We are getting involved for the right reasons this time, unlike with Iraq. In addition, we have internatioal support this time, unlike with Iraq. Furthermore, we are not going in with ground troops this time around, unlike Iraq. The ground troops are already there. The Europeans will arm them. The US will not have to. The differences between this conflict and the Iraq war are much more convincing than are the similarities.

      March 17, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jay

    And who is going to be called to enforce it? American military. One day your burning an American flag and the next you are begging for our forces to help you achieve freedom. Same story, same tune.

    March 17, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • gregoryd

      I guess you must be one of those glass half empty.

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

      Nope, not the US military. Perhaps do some investigation before making assumptions. I wish the process had been faster, but the UN acted on the ascent of the Arab league and includes participation by Arab countries to maintain the no-fly zone. Other than the slowness, this resolution has been excellent progress.

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

    Why a no-fly zone for Libya, not one for Iran or N Korea? North Korea broke its commitments and developed nuclear weapons and recently has engaged in open acts of war by murdering innocent civilians, and Iran is racing to get nuclear weapons, control all middle east oil, supports Islamic terrorism everywhere, and mows its on citizens like Neda down in the streets. Both are threats to the U.S. and the world community. Libya may be a bad player, but simply isn't a threat. So why Libya and not Iran or N Korea????? Obama and the U.N. Seem to be total hypocrites!

    March 17, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Oleg

    Done bashing Obama now? The world has been put on notice that US will no longer solve all of it's problems unilaterally, and today the world grew up.

    March 17, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      no problem. Obama waited for the U.N. to act and now that they have it's unfortunate that the battle is over and lost.

      March 17, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. lordpet

    Germany abstains because of their history, not despite it.

    March 17, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scholasticus

      Absolutely! And maybe also because of political realism. It really isn't the Europeans' or the Americans' job to mingle in other countries' affairs. The Libyan regime is oppressive but for years now the US has lived with it quite well because the oil kept flowing. And it is hardly more oppressive than the regimes in Saudi Arabia, Israel, Iraq, Iran, Jordan and a whole lot of other countries (most of which are supported by the US).

      March 17, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. David

    Perhaps too little too late, but let's said some Top Gun mother******* over there right now and give them some real life experience!

    March 17, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Midnight

    Support to the Moammar and regular libiyan forces in securing homeland from terrorist suported by imeprialistic govermants.In Libiya you are now sending forces against regular elected representatives and in qatar you are sending army against protesters,double standards and hope you wont get anything from libiyan oil.Wondering what will happene and what names will be used in case that in usa and some more so called 'democartic countries get in situatoin that armed mobs are shoting with anti aircraft guns on regular army?

    March 17, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Microbial

      Who said what now?

      March 17, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. George

    Too Little to Late. The rebels are dead already. Thank you international community for doing nothing.

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

      It's not too late. CNN always writes its posts half empty. The rebels are still alive and holding out. CNN wants to create a world of pessimistic apathy.

      March 17, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. kiazo

    Great! I hope next ctap will be Russia!

    March 17, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jamison

    Hopefully Gadhafi doesnt challenge U.S. Aircraft, I'm curious though if American lives are lost will Liberals bash Obama for sending our boys off to die in a place they dont belong like they said about Bush. I support the U.S. and our troops and hopefully we destroy his Air Force and Air Defenses in short time so our boys can operate safely over there.

    March 17, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brasil1958

      England and France are spearheading the effort. US warplanes will not be involved at this time.

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

      "Our boys"? Do you follow the news? The Pentagon has rejected US involvement, and only yesterday the US government changed its policy regarding the Security Council vote. The US might well have vetoed a no-fly zone!

      March 17, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Libyan


    Thank you. You have saved many lived tonight.


    March 17, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Abraham

    God will save us!

    March 17, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
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