The latest developments on the situation in Libya, where coalition forces launched a series of coordinated airstrikes on Saturday after they were convinced Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was not adhering to a cease-fire mandated by the United Nations. Read our complete story and check out our full coverage on unrest in the Arab world. Also, don't miss a gripping, high-resolution gallery of images from Libya.
[10:51 p.m. Sunday ET, 4:51 a.m. Monday in Libya] An announced list of the countries participating in the military coalition: The United States, Belgium, Britain, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Norway, Qatar and Spain.
U.S. officials have said they plan to hand over operational control of the military mission in coming days.
[8:55 p.m. Sunday ET, 2:55 a.m. Monday in Libya] In the following video, CNN's Nic Robertson reports on his visit to the building - in Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's compound in Tripoli - that apparently was struck in a coalition airstrike Sunday night. (A coalition official confirmed, after Robertson's report, that it had targeted the compound.)
[8:36 p.m. Sunday ET, 2:36 a.m. Monday in Libya] A coalition military official has confirmed that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's compound in Tripoli was targeted by airstrikes Sunday night, CNN's Chris Lawrence reported.
The official said the compound was targeted because it contains capabilities to exercise command and control over Libyan forces and the coalition goal is to degrade his military capabilities. The official said neither Gadhafi nor his residence was the intended target.
Earlier, the Libyan government said at least one missile struck a building inside the compound Sunday night. Western journalists, including CNN's Nic Robertson, were brought inside the compound to survey the destruction.
[8:26 p.m. Sunday ET, 2:26 a.m. Monday in Libya] Oil prices jumped more than $2 a barrel in electronic trading Sunday following escalating violence in Libya, where international forces fired on Libyan defense sites, CNNMoney reported.
The benchmark U.S. contract, West Texas Intermediate, for April delivery gained $1.95 to $103.02 a barrel. The more active May contract jumped $2.08 to $103.93 a barrel.
[8:10 p.m. Sunday ET, 2:10 a.m. Monday in Libya] The Gadhafi-compound building in Tripoli that was damaged in what may have been a missile attack Sunday night is about 150 yards away from a Gadhafi building that was struck in a 1986 U.S. airstrike, CNN's Nic Robertson reported.
[7:56 p.m. Sunday ET, 1:56 a.m. Monday in Libya] A member of the Libyan opposition told CNN that the Gadhafi government collected bodies of people killed in fighting in the past week and displayed them over the weekend, trying to show they were killed by coalition airstrikes. The claim by Ahmed Gebreel, who cited eyewitnesses and medical officials, could not be verified by CNN.
The Libyan government has claimed that women, children and clerics have died in allied attacks.
[7:15 p.m. Sunday ET, 1:15 a.m. Monday in Libya] A building at Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's compound in Tripoli was damaged by at least one missile about 2.5 hours ago, a Libyan government official tells CNN's Nic Robertson.
Robertson said government officials took him to the four-story building. The roof has collapsed, he said. Robertson said he isn't able to verify what caused the damage, but the government's timeline coincides with a blast that Robertson heard late Sunday, and the building looks as if it were hit by missiles, Robertson reported.
Robertson said he doesn't know where Gadhafi is, and that there is no evidence that he is at the compound. No one was injured in the strike on the building, a Libyan government official told Robertson.
U.S. officials earlier Sunday said they are not targeting Gadhafi.
[6:36 p.m. Sunday ET, 12:36 a.m. Monday in Libya] President Obama and his national security team made phone calls Sunday to try to shore up supportÂ in Arab governments for the military mission in Libya, with top White House aides reaching out to officials of the Arab League to insist the bombing does not exceed the scope of a U.N. mandate, according to senior administration officials.
The lobbying came after Arab League officials complained earlier Sunday that airstrikes in LibyaÂ by the U.S. military and alliesÂ went beyond instituting a no-fly zone, CNN's Ed Henry reports. The senior officials said the Obama team stressed to the Arab League that bombing Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's air defenses falls within the U.N. Security Council resolution's scope of imposing a no-fly zone and taking "all necessary measures" to stop the dictator from attacking civilians in his own country.
[5:57 p.m. Sunday ET, 11:57 p.m. in Libya] Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday that the Libyan operation is off to a "a strong and successful start" but he warned against widening the goals of the mission beyond what was spelled out in the United Nations Security Council resolution. Gates spoke from aboard a U.S. military aircraft en route to Russia.
[5:40 p.m. Sunday ET, 11:40 p.m. in Libya] Reacting to the Libyan military's calling a cease-fire with rebels, a British prime minister's office spokesman drew attention to the Libyan government's previous call for a cease-fire, made Friday.
"Everyone will recall that in recent days Col. Gadhafi declared a ceasefire which was promptly violated," the 10 Downing Street spokesman said. "We said then we would judge him on his actions not his words - and we will do so again.
"His obligations are very clearly set out by the U.N. Security Council resolution. Our assessment is that he is in breach of these obligations so we will continue to enforce the resolution."
The Libyan government had called for a cease-fire with rebels on Friday. Rebels and Western governments, however, said the Libyan military continued to fight against the opposition, leading to the international coalition's airstrikes and no-fly-zone implementation on Saturday night.
[5:35 p.m. Sunday ET, 11:35 p.m. in Libya] More on U.S. Vice Adm. Bill Gortney comments on Gadhafi: Gortney was asked about reports of smoking rise from the area of Gadhafi's palace. Gortney said: "We are not targeting his residence."
[5:16 p.m. Sunday ET, 11:16 p.m. in Libya] In his press briefing earlier this afternoon, U.S. Vice Adm. Bill Gortney emphasized that the international coalition's air campaign is not deisgned to target Gadhafi, but is limited to enforcing a no-fly zone and preventing Gadhafi's forces from further pressing rebel positions.
"We are not going after Gadhafi," Gortney said at the Pentagon. "Regime forces are more pressed and less free to maneuver."
Despite Libyan government contentions that women, children and clerics have died in allied attacks, Gortney and other officials said that's not the case. "We have no indication of any civilian casualties," the admiral said.
[4:47 p.m. Sunday ET, 10:47 p.m. in Libya] Reacting to the Libyan military's call Sunday night for an immediate cease-fire, a spokesman for the U.S. military's Africa Command said that "we have to wait and see if it's genuine."
"We urge the Libyan government to do everything it can to demonstrate its sincerity," U.S. Africa Command spokesman Vince Crawley told CNN.
The Libyan government previously had called for a cease-fire with rebels on Friday. Rebels and Western governments, however, said the Libyan military continued to fight against the opposition, leading to the international coalition's airstrikes and no-fly-zone implementation on Saturday night.
Gadhafi's forces shelled opposition forces in the west of the country on Sunday before the call for the cease-fire was made, according to rebels.
[4:42 p.m. Sunday ET, 10:42 p.m. in Libya] Anti-Gadhafi forces are heartened by international coalition attacks that smashed a convoy of about 70 military vehicles belonging to pro-Gadhafi forces outside of Benghazi on Sunday. But they are increasingly concerned that pro-government elements within Benghazi's population will carry out intimidation campaigns and targeted assassinations of opposition leaders in the rebel stronghold in eastern Libya, CNN's Arwa Damon reports.
[4:34 p.m. Sunday ET, 10:34 p.m. in Libya] Senator Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, has questioned the decision by the United States to pursue military action in Libya without clearly defined objectives, and expressed concern over the role of the U.S. in Libya's future.
"Where does our involvement stop?" Lugar, the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, asked. "This is why, before it begins, we ought to have a plan and we ought to have outcomes defined as to why American forces, American money are going to be at stake."
[4:23 p.m. Sunday ET, 10:23 p.m. in Libya] U.S. House Speaker John Boehner has released a sharply worded statement in Washington pressing President Barack Obama to lay out more detail about the administration's goals in Libya.
"Before any further military commitments are made, the administration must do a better job of communicating to the American people and to Congress about our mission in Libya and how it will be achieved," Boehner said in the prepared statement.
Shortly after Boehner's statement was released, Obama - who is in Brazil - said in a speech that the people of Libya have taken "a courageous stand against a regime determined to brutalize its own citizens."
"Across the region, we have seen young people rise up – a new generation demanding the right to determine their own future," added Obama. "From the beginning, we have made clear that the change they seek must be driven by their own people."
[4:08 p.m. Sunday ET, 10:08 p.m. in Libya] At least two explosions could be heard moments ago in Libya's capital, and anti-aircraft fire has followed, CNN's Nic Robertson reported.
[4:06 p.m. Sunday ET, 10:06 p.m. in Libya] Coalition strikes have been "very effective in significantly degrading the regime's air defense capability," U.S Vice Adm. William Gortney said in a briefing Sunday.
[3:37 p.m. Sunday ET, 9:37 p.m. in Libya] The United States and Britain have now fired a total of 124 Tomahawk missiles at Libya's air defense sites since strikes began Saturday night, Africa Command spokesman Vince Crawley says.
[3:04 p.m. Sunday ET, 9:04 p.m. in Libya] The Libyan military has called for an immediate cease-fire, an army spokesman announced Sunday.
The Libyan government previously had called for a cease-fire with rebels on Friday. Rebels and Western governments, however, said the Libyan military continued to fight against the opposition, leading to the international coalition's airstrikes and no-fly-zone implementation on Saturday night.
[2:27 p.m. Sunday ET, 8:27 p.m.Â in Libya] Libya initiated anti-aircraft fire into the Tripoli sky Sunday night, though an attack by allied forces was not apparent, CNN's Nic Robertson reported.
[2:04 p.m. Sunday ET, 8:05 p.m.Â in Libya] A senior doctor at the medical center in Benghazi, Libya, confirmed Sunday that 95 people were killed and an unknown number injured in Saturday's assault on the city by pro-Gadhafi forces.
[1:53 p.m. Sunday ET, 7:53 p.m. in Libya] U.S. President Barack Obama participated in a secure conference call and received a briefing on U.S. military operations in Libya on Sunday morning, the White House said in a statement.
[1:34 p.m. Sunday ET, 7:24 p.m. in Libya] The Arab League was holding an emergency session at its headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. Hisham Youssef, Arab League Chief of Staff, told CNN, "We are currently studying the situation and evaluating the air strikes to be able to decide." He said the League has not "taken any stand or reached a final decision." Read more about the Arab League and its role in the Libyan crisis. Watch CNN's Reza Sayah discuss the Arab League.
[1:15 p.m. Sunday ET,Â 7 p.m. in Libya] Qatar has offered to send four fighter planes to the coalition effort, the French Defense Ministry said.
[11:45 a.m. Sunday ET, 5:45 p.m. in Libya] Italy announced that as of midnight Sunday, four Tornado warplanes and four F-16s will be made available.
[11:00 a.m. Sunday ET, 5 p.m. in Libya] A critique of the U.S. involvement in the military intervention in Libya that will no doubt be common in coming days is that the Obama administration is making a large error by embarking on a war with a third Muslim country, as if reversing Moammar Gadhafi's momentum against the rebels will be a rerun of the debacle of the war against Saddam Hussein. Peter Bergen explains why what's happening Libya isn't the same as what happened in Iraq.
[10:45 a.m. Sunday ET, 4:45 p.m. in Libya] Russia urged coalition nations to stop the use of force against Libya, challenging the use of the U.N. no-fly zone resolution as a "controversial step." In a statement published on its website, Russia's Foreign Ministry said air strikes carried out by coalition forces killed 48 civilians and injured 150.
[10 a.m. Sunday ET, 4 p.m. in Libya] Turkey will serve as a "protecting power" for the United States in Libya, senior State Department officials told CNN. As a protecting power, Turkey will represent the United States in Libya, including acting as consular officers on behalf of U.S. citizens in Libya and looking after American diplomatic facilities in the country. Turkey can also pass messages between the U.S. and Libya. Full story
[8:23 a.m. Sunday ET, 2:23 p.m. in Libya] A military convoy near Benghazi in eastern Libya was destroyed by multiple airstrikes, leaving charred bodies, tanks and trucks, CNN's Arwa Damon reported from the scene.
- A no-fly zone in Libya is "effectively in place," U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen told CNN.
[6:53 a.m. Sunday ET, 12:53 p.m. inÂ Libya] Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi were shelling the city of Misrata on Sunday, using tanks, artillery and cannons, a witness said. Rebels in the city were fighting back, the witness said. There was no immediate word on casualties.
[6:36 a.m. Sunday ET, 12:36 p.m. in Libya] Nineteen U.S. warplanes, including stealth bombers and fighter jets, conducted strike operations in Libya on Sunday morning.Â The warplanes included Marine Corps Harrier Jets, Air Force B-2 stealth bombers, and F-15 and F-16 fighter jets, according to Lt. Cmdr. James Stockman of U.S. Africa Command. It is the next phase in the operation that started Saturday with the launch of more than 110 Tomahawk Cruise missiles from U.S. and British warships and subs.
[5:40 a.m. Sunday ET, 11:40 a.m. in Libya] In another defiant speech, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi promised "a long-drawn war" after international airstrikes in his country by the United States and allies.
"You have proven to the world that you are not civilized, that you are terrorists - animals attacking a safe nation that did nothing against you," Gadhafi said in a televised speech.
Throughout the address, an image of a golden fist crushing a model plane that said "USA" filled the screen.
Gadhafi said the strikes was a confrontation between the Libyan people and "the new Nazis."
"If the men are killed, then the women will take over. They will hold the green flag high," he said.
[5:35 a.m. Sunday ET, 11:35 a.m. in Libya] An eyewitnesses in Misrata claims there is heavy artillery and tank fire under way in the town. The eyewitness also claims no aircraft have been seen or heard.
[5:26 a.m. Sunday ET, 11:26 a.m. in Libya] Libyan TV has announced that Moammar Gadhafi "will address the Libyan people shortly to address the nation concerning the assault of the crusaders against the people of Libya."
[1:10 a.m. Sunday ET, 7:10 a.m. in Libya] Fighter jets were seen flying over the Libyan city of Benghazi on Sunday morning. It was not immediately clear who the fighter jets belonged to.
China's foreign ministry expressed regret over the military strike on Libya and said it does not agree with use of force in international relations.
The Spanish armed forces will send four F-18 planes, a refueling plane, an F-100 frigate, a submarine and a maritime surveillance aircraft to Libya.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez denounced the military intervention in Libya, and slammed the United States and the United Nations. "They (the U.S.) want to appropriate the oil in Libya; they don't care about anyone's life in that region," he said, according to Venezuelan state media. "When have they cared about the lives in those places if they keep on bombing Iran and Afghanistan?"
A defiant Gadhafi said Libya will fight back against undeserved "naked aggression." His military claimed nearly 50 people, including, women, children and clerics, were killed in Saturday evening's attacks.
American, French and British military forces, convinced that Gadhafi was not adhering to a United Nations-mandated cease-fire, hammered Libyan military positions with missiles and fighter jets in the first phase of an operation that will include enforcement of a no-fly zone.
French fighter jets deployed over Libya fired at a military vehicle Saturday, the first strike against Gadhafi's military forces, which earlier attacked the rebel stronghold of Benghazi.
Gadhafi, speaking early Sunday on Libyan state TV, said the U.N. charter provides for Libya's right to defend itself in a "war zone." Weapons depots will be opened, he said.
U.S. President Barack Obama authorized U.S. military force from Brazil on what happened to be the eighth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq.
In the next few days, U.S. military officials expect to hand over control to a coalition commander. Canada and Italy also are part of the coalition.
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@Ahmed yes thank you to the UN ect...I only hope that Libyans get the freedom they truly seek and not the illusion of freedom ...I hope they realize that driving fancy cars and owning houses( while in heavy debt), acquiring cable tv which dispite its few positive stations..spews mostly junk negatively impact social development , and a population where most members are easily swayed by NEW broadcasts resulting in little to no independent thinking....is NOT freedom......beware of the devil you acquire while expelling the demon you know!!!
Get a life man! You wouldn't survive a year in Libya without the things you are complaining about and take for granted. Democracy is the only political system that is conducive to the fullest realization of creative human aspirations. However, if you don't have any creative aspirations, you get tired of democracy very soon. That's how democracies turn into dictatorships – when people loose creative asipations and start following their destructive urges instead.
CLM, don't you think lybians has the right to decide their future under the rules of democracy which by the way are the same in the most prosperous countries in the planet. In the deepness of your way of thinking, and I hope you realize that, you are a racist, who beleives that only white europeans and americans can live in democracy and have the wisdom to avoid the junk
@Pavel again typical ...speech without thought ...firstly none of the things mentioned are essential to life or survival! Secondly I have relatives and come from a poverty stricken county ...when I was a child we walked what u will call 2 blocks to get water to cook and bath ...my version of entertainment was to fish and hunt with my friends.....So can I survive YES ....I have had the privalege of living in both worlds and have learned to appreciate the the benefit and flaws of both situations....I see children loosing social skills and increase in obesity due to a sedentary life style!!! ....so before rambling get your facts please ....
@Gerry I Absolutely believe that Libyans should have the right to choose a democracy .....this is the purpose of my comment .....I am pointing out the flaws of American democracy ...the fact the only 2 % of the US population holds the majority of the wealth...is wrong ...the rest of the population attempt to portray wealth through the avenues I mentioned above ...cars .houses..ect..( while in debt) ...this is a problem with American democracy ....oh and by the way I am not racist I am not white ....my comment 's sole purpose is to spur thought
I agree with what you have written except it is capitalism that needs to be evaluated not democracy.
http://Www.credit-crunch.synthasite.com has the answer to capitalism
Every word out of Quadafi's mouth should be directed back into his own ears.
Completely agree with your comment. This man is so into himself, he hears no one else but himself.
Amazing, isn't it? ...how he exposes the truth about himself with every word he utters. From his eyes, this is all about preserving his own power over Libya. He fears dissent so absolutely that he murders/imprisons/tortures those who do. My students from inner city neighborhoods have school yard sayings in defense of playground arguments (which show incredible wisdom from young children)... "What you say comes back to you" and "What goes around, comes around, so becareful how you spin"..."Walk the talk...don't talk the walk".... So to Mr Gaddafi , I say, "I know YOU ARE, but what am I?"
One without freedom is a body with a soul.
To be a walking dead, rather be a free spirit.
How to be a free man, please let me choose; do you undersand?
there is no government in the world that gives freedom to its citizens. Unless of course its a freedom to eat or complain.
One without freedom is a body WITHOUT a soul
ANTI-christ means against christ-who really follows christ footsteps?hardly anyone even knows him! or what he represents/soon he will come and set matters straight/no more wars-or those who create them .
Thank you for your words, pointworks. You got that right!
People ...I totally agree the the power of rule belong to the majority of a nation's population and if the people want him out they have a right to rebel and resort to civil uprising......I am NOT a Quadafi suppoter but let's think for a second REALLY!!..is his response any different from what the US would do if an armed uprising occurred in thieir country??....
And some may respond saying that he attacked them wher they were protesting with only a few hurling rock...to this I ask ...how is this different to the nation of Isarel's response to the rock throwing Palestines
How can you have a civil uprising when any attempt at a peaceful protest results in you getting shot. If you hate the US so much..you can always go back to india.
Lee S is probably and Israeli whose feeling got hurt.
What upsets me about the news coverage is that Canada's contribution is never mentioned. One of the USA's strongest allies and yet your neighbors to the North never get a mention. Glad the French finally got a glove and got in the game. You may recall how supportive the French were to the US when 911 happened. If you could somehow acknowledge Canada as a country and a friend that would be appreciated. Canadian soldiers are being killed in Afganastan as well, along side their American brothers. At the moment there are 6 CF-18 Hornets from Canada in Italy to participate in this action against Libya. Thanks
Sam you are right. I'm sorry you feel that way. I'm a disabled US veteran. You have a beautiful country, and I think most of us down here, particularly with military experience think that when the sh** hits the fan that we stand together. God Bless : )
Go Canada!!!!! We love our Northern neighbor! Couldn't ask for better. A great, civilized country!
I've heard plenty about canadian involvement. This is US news talking to US citizens about our involvement in this. Aren't canadian news outlets covering Canadian involvement? What do you want, a fish?
Yes–Canada gets short shrift. Let's quit concentrating on US as the power that makes all decisions and risks all of the loss–60 years ago I think we liked that - but the last 20 years we could use some shared credit and shared blame for worldwide actions. Canada is our neighbor in the true sense–year after year after year–and needs to be acknowledged more publicly.
@leeintulsa: CNN is a worldwide forum. don't you know that?
Thank you Canada! I agree! We tend to take our neighbors to the north for granted.
Afghanistan, Iraq, Yugoslavia, Libya...point me to the country where "coalition" won? I really wish people leave in piece and freedom..but look on those countries ..they leaving in constant fear and poorness after "coalition" intervened..What they prove? That army of 5 countries are more powerful than Liberian army – we know this..what else? Why again kill innocent people?
There was some collateral damage during those campaigns, it's true. But practice makes perfect. Modern warfare technologies allow the Coalition Forces delivering pinpoint air strikes on the dictator's military infrastructure without hurting civilians.
As regards your rhetorical question "What does that prove?", it proves that the forces of good come to the rescue of those persecuted for righteousness' sake and do not leave them to be slaughtered by an evil dictator.
Whatever tertiary reason the people of Libya have for the fortune of the CURRENT polarity, will be short-lived. Not saying that there was much choice here either, but this will not end well for anybody.
Coalition won in Kuwait. Pointed.
WWI...WWII... 2 Points.
There is no "anti-Christ," except those who claim to be Christian and do not follow Jesus of Nazareth's teachings. You are weak, foolhardy, and petty. It is why the old gods return to prominence, slowly but certainly.
Hail the AEsir! Hail the Vanir!
are you friggen serious? believing in norse myth is like believing in santa claus, Jesus was a real person..
The raiding Vanir killed Conan's papa then Conan was crucified just like Jesus and he came back to life but unlike Jesus who was all talk Conan brought the pain. Conan > Baby Jesus!!!!!
The Incredible Hulk>Conan!!!
A complete reason we need to not let you fornicate.
I hope you do not plan on having kids.
I am the son of Odin, sir, and so you couldn't be more wrong in your assertion! Anti-Christ is a word describing someone that is against the anointed man of God, the messiah, and against anyone who believes God, and God's anointed people. It is a spirit that is against anyone who believes in the anointing the true believer is under by their confession to the Omnipresence of God. You are deceived concerning this subject matter.
Sir, I am the spirit son of Odin, and so you couldn't be more wrong in your assertion! Anti-Christ is a word describing someone that is against the anointed man of God, the messiah, and against anyone who believes God, and God's anointed people. It is a spirit that is against anyone who believes in the anointing the true believer is under by their confession to the Omnipresence of God. Unfortunately, you are deceived concerning this subject matter.
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I am all for the removal of Gadhafi's regime based on the Libyan people's uprising, and support the the UN and it's decision to enforce a NO-FLY zone, but if people were to remember Tiananmen Square back in 1989 when the Chinese people wanted a democratic government too, where was the help that they needed? There was also one man known as the "Tank Man" who alone stood in the middle of the road stopping a convoy of tanks in response to the protest. The Chinese dictatorship was/is the same as Gadhafi's, they attacked their own people because they wanted "Change" and for the killing of their own people to stop. If "we" as a whole, meaning EVERYONE are not careful in what our army's do and do not do, there could be sever consequences as next to the USA, China has the next largest military force and it's my feeling and other that in the years to come, the would could possible see China take it over. My statement may be a long shot, but in the last few years, China has been slowly growing their army and navy, they just sent a 400 tonne frigate Xuzhou to patrol the coast of Libya. This is a first as China never show's it's military power to other countries. What could this mean? They have also increased their defense budget to $91.5 billion US, why are they so interested in upping their defenses, troop wise, they have approximately (PRC) 2795000 available and for the (RC) 1947000, so if you add those numbers together, that is 4742000 people between active and reserve troops. (These numbers came from Wikipedia) What will China do next, an INVASION if given the right reasons. All I can say is God Bless and God Speed to all the ones living in and fighting for their lives and the lives of their families, because of WWI and WWII us people here in North America and other places can live in a democracy where WE the people decide how the country is run. I just hope that The Libyan's can resolve the conflict and make their country they way that they desire. I fully support ALL COUNTRIES trying to help Libya but hopefully they are not doing it for the wrong reasons, such as to benefit themselves.
I would think China would want to avoid war. Most of their economy is based on trade. A good part of it to the US. The buildup of military assets and increasing the budget is for their own homeland security. We do the same thing. One of the main things I see provoking a conflict is Taiwan. Really other than that, they will probably keep mostly to themselves.
I see there are already religious nuts here proclaiming the end. Once again, No man knows the day or the hour. Read the bible. It doesn't specify frequency or intensity of conflicts or earthquakes. Suffice it to say, you are OVER INTERPRETING the bible as many Evangelicals always do. If someone passes gas in the church you all are convinced it's the end. I also see, from the Article, that the Russians are easily fooled since it says they were convince that the Libyans were abiding by the cease fire. Idiots.
This is all very cute, but what's the plan, what's the desired result, and how do we know we've succeeded? We bomb Gaddafi's army until...what? His army stops fighting and goes back to barracks and Gaddafi agrees to play nice from now on? Please. We played that game with Saddam Hussein back in '91 and look what it led to – a chronic conflict with a rogue leader, concluding with another war. And Gaddafi is TWICE the fascist nut-job Saddam was. Today's so-called Coalition, having crossed the line into open warfare, needs to finish the job and get rid of Gaddafi. Provide aid to the rebels and target the man himself. Don't stop until he's captured or dead. Otherwise, he'll be a thorn in everyone's side forever.
I am with you all the way. You need to capture Gadhafi and bring him to international justice for all his crimes. If capturing him alive proves impossible, take him down.
This absolutely has to end with him being captured or killed. There's no other way. I think the President is at least somewhat conscious of the lessons learned with Saddam. Personally, I would like to see him put on trial. There's no need to create a martyr if we don't have to.
The imam Mahdi army will get rid of corrupt leaders and then we will finally have peace in the world
We'll have peace in the world when politicians and dictators stop acting stupidly. Not by everyone converting to or being subjugated by Islam because then the Shiites and the Sunnis would start fighting over something as stupid as who the rightful heir is to Mohammad and who will be the next Caliph. If it were under Christian rule their would be fighting over whether the Pope was in charge or some other religious leader. Fighting for religion is stupid all around. It gains nothing and gives people a dim view of organized religion, which, as we all know, has caused some pretty stupid wars.
Gosh, let's hope so. The coming of the Jewish Messiah and/or the Second Coming of the Christian Jesus and/or the reappearance of the Bodhisattva Maitreya and/or King Arthur rising from his grave would also put things to right once and for all I'm sure.
But until one of those guys shows up, Humanity has to deal with the world as it is RIGHT NOW, without the help of any supernatural superheroes. We do it in our own flawed, half-blind, never-quite-sure-how-it's-going-to-turn-out way, but we do it.
You keep waiting for the Mahdi. I'm sure he'll be along any millenium now. If you don't mind, the rest of us have present issues to attend to.
Imam Mahdi believes in only one religion one god the god of the Jews Christians Muslims and humans he is against the divisions in Christianity judaism Islam ie catholic Protestant church of England Sunni Shia He is very fair and treats all the people of the book the same as god wished all the differences are caused by corrupt man in different times