Enforcing The Libyan No-Fly Zone
A no-fly zone establishes an area in which aircraft may not take off, and is policed by international air forces, but Britain, France and its allies in the effort to stop Muammar Gaddafi from killing his own people now have a mandate that goes even further. UN Resolution 1973 authorizes member states to take “all necessary measures” to protect Libya’s people from forces loyal to Col. Gaddafi. Notwithstanding a Libyan claim to have declared an immediate ceasefire, the measure is expected to lead, at least, to the use of international air power to stop Libyan government forces from using their air force to pummel civilians and rebels. A coalition of European, North American and Middle Eastern countries armed with modern and sophisticated weapons – including Canada – stood ready to do just that.
Source: National Post