While the international community moves to develop a consensus to intervene with a no-fly zone in Libya, Zawiyah is being reduced to rubble.
The population of Zawiyah could be wiped out by Qadaffi’s modern weapons of war, while the international communitiy moves slowly toward possible but far from certain approval of a no-fly zone.
Events on the ground in Libya are moving very fast, not at the speed of diplomacy. Action in the air and on the ground is needed, now, if only to preserve the options of the international community.
It is all too reminiscent of Srebrenice in 2005, when the U.N. stood by and watched 7,000 people, mostly men and boys, massacred by Serb and Bosnian-Serb war criminals.
Given the weapons under Qadaffi’s control, we can expect many massacres to occur in the coming days.
What difference will the eventual approval of a no-fly zone make to the citizens of Zawiyah who are dying as we speak?
Srebrenice, Srebrenice, Srebrenice!
This is the cry that rings loudly in the ears of the Observer.
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