French fighters opened fire on Gadaffi Loyalists

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The French aircraft operating over Libya Saturday destroyed several armored forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi during their first engagement, said an official of the Ministry of Defence. Read Article

The pan-Arab news channel Al Jazeera speaks of four tanks destroyed loans from the city of Benghazi, a stronghold of the rebellion against Muammar Gaddafi.

The French official said it could not confirm that figure but said that several tanks and armored vehicles were destroyed in the strikes.

Twenty French planes took part in the operation on an area of about 100 about 150 km from Benghazi, announced Friday afternoon the Department of Defense.

http://fr.news.yahoo.com/4/20110319/tts-france-libye-blindes-ca02f96.html


Video:
http://www.france24.com/en/20110319...ghazi-libya-united-nations-gaddafi?autoplay=1

Let's hope Gadaffi gets bombed to death.
 
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I don't fucking believe this. The UN is all about its protocol and charters and bureaucracy and whatnot. Still, nice to see that the French are doing something other then losing for a change. Well, World War III here we come! Heil Kim Jong-Il!
 
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I don't fucking believe this. The UN is all about its protocol and charters and bureaucracy and whatnot. Still, nice to see that the French are doing something other then losing for a change. Well, World War III here we come! Heil Kim Jong-Il!

The french constantly losing is ill-informed nonsense, even if they did get stomped in WW2. This news is just slightly old. In addition to that, it's as much of a war as the war on terrorism. If anyone expects Libya to be able to hold out against combined allied forces when no one else is going to help them, even if Libya was undivided it would stand no chance- and it's far from undivided.

It won't take long for the UN to dismantle anything Gadaffi tries to throw together. Also, the shitstorm between the UN and the Gadaffi regime has been going on for nigh 30 years and more. It's only just recently escalated to direct aggression by the UN, rather than less obvious attempts to do underhanded blows. This is far more provoked that some of the "interventions" that the UN has been involved in.

As for oil claims, Libya produced about 2.2% of the worlds oil production in 2007, according to statistics (http://www.nationmaster.com/red/pie/ene_oil_pro-energy-oil-production)- chances are, it hasn't increased much from then if at all. While that's alot of oil, it's not much of what's being produced, exported and used. So, admittedly people with oil stocks in Libya might be frightened that their supply may be cut off for whatever term, but the point is: the world will keep on turning. We won't run out of oil just because one country gets isolated for a few years at most, the same was true for Iraq and whatever.

The cost of these small-scale wars are also extravagant. Even if the involved intervention forces do take a temporary share of the oil production, which even I myself believe is likely, I doubt it's a highly profitable endeavour- if anything it's to counter a bit of the deficit.

Personally, I think America will dip it's fingers in any military conflict of today's world, largely because they spend so much on their military, so why not use it? It makes them look better if they fight for humanitarian rights, so they gain prestige even if there's always the accompanying controversy. The UN inevitably follows, no doubt also to exercise their military arms and fight for the right reasons.

This war actually has a pretty dictatorial figure at its head, even if the gadaffi regime has seen some great gains for Libya. Supremacism is always frowned upon, and promotes a kind of isolationistic attitude that inevitably causes the economy and relations to suffer. So, it isn't really surprising.
 
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Why nobody cares about violence in Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain? D:


Because most people have never heard/don't giver a damn about Yemen, Saudi Arabia or Bahrain.
Also, who the fuck cares about those lybians anyway?
Honestly, I'm pretty sick of Western Europeans/Amercians pretending to give a shit.
NOBODY CARES. Fucking journalists, ignore those fucking messed up countries.
Nobody gives a shit and it will only lead to the European countries and America to screw up even more.

/ignore. Kthx.
 
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Why nobody cares about violence in Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain? D:

Well we do (as in Lebanese) we are getting more news about Bahrain the same amount as Lybia for example
but there is a media blackout both in there and in Saudi arabia
(Bahrain because the protesters are Shia Muslims)
(S.A because the US and the King have very good relations)
 
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They got stomped pretty badly in Nam as well.

Who won vietnam? Oh- hahahaha. Though I will agree in more modern times they've gotten stomped constantly, but before the last century or so they were pretty impressive. Just look at Napoleonic times. Feudal times too, but yeah, for modern they're pretty easy to slap around.
 
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Anyone who thinks these events are unimportant is extremely ignorant, this is a very pivotal time for global politics, and at the very least it will affect the price of gas at the pump. Yemen is a very big deal, just because you haven't heard of it doesn't mean its unimportant, it means you're ignorant. How many Americans had never heard of Afghanistan prior to 9/11? Yemen has a significant Al-Qaeda presence as well as two secessionist movements, there's a very real possibility for the kind of instability that will allow another 9/11 to happen. Also, Bahrain is a base for the U.S. navy and with a Shia majority there's a strong possibility that it could be aligned with Iran with the Sunni leadership falls from power.
 
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