The sand shifts beneath their feet


So once more, things appear to be moving quickly in Libya. The coalition of countries, including the U.S, UK and France, all agreed to enforce a no fly zone that was sancti0ned by the United Nations. The goal, we were told, was to protect the citizens of Libya from Colonel Gaddafi’s tyranny. The no fly zone shifted to a sustained bombing campaign. Now, there is talk of the Americans and the British arming the Libyan rebels in their fight against Gaddafi’s troops.

Yet it was just a week ago, the message was there was no chance of arming the rebels and that the removal of Gaddafi was not the primary goal. The whole thing seems to be a bit of a mess. From the ineptitude of British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, through to the haggling of Nato and EU member states, as to who should take command of the air strikes. President Obama is also providing more updates on a daily basis as to what he wants to see happen. Now he is saying that he is not willing to back the rebels just yet, as he is unsure as to who they actually are and what their motives may be.

The latest news is that the Libyan foreign minister, Moussa Koussa, has fled Libyan and arrived in London. The word is that he has quit the government and defected. What this means for Gaddafi in the long term remains to be seen. The chief of intelligence and speaker of the Libyan house has also fled the country to Tunisia according to unconfirmed reports. Earlier on Wednesday, the British Government expelled 5 Libyan diplomats because as William Hague says they may pose a threat to UK security.


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