Should he stay or should he go?

There appears to be major disagreements amongst the coalition of countries enforcing the no fly zone in Libya. Some leaders appear to be quite keen to see Col Ghaddafi be targeted for removal from office. Others it would seem, feel that he is not a target.

David Cameron says that the UN resolution “explicitly does not provide legal authority for action to bring about Gaddafi’s removal from power by military means”. On Sunday, Defence Secretary, Liam Fox, said that targeting Gaddafi might”potentially be a possibility”. Military leaders are quite keen to make it clear that Gaddafi is not a target. Sir David Richards saying “Absolutely not!” to the question of regime change. Shades of Iraq playing a big part in all of this.

Over in the U.S, Vice Admiral William E. Gortney,  said on Sunday that the Libyan leader is not a target. “At this particular point I can guarantee that he’s not on a targeting list,” The fact is that despite these denials, the western allies would love nothing more than to be rid of Gaddafi once and for all. However, they realise that to openly call for him to be targeted would lead to accusations of trying to grab Libyan oil and ride roughshod over another Muslim country.

We shall see what the future holds.


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