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Monday, March 21, 2011

Operation Odyssey Dawn Has Begun

US F-18
After the “no fly” zone order by the Allied forces on the Libyan government, the Allied Forces have surprisingly launched an assault on pro-Ghadaffi forces in Libya particularly in Benghazi and Tripoli just before daybreak. President Barrack Obama has announced this morning the limited participation of the US Armed Forces in what he called “Operation Odyssey Dawn” along with the Armed Forces of Britain, France, Canada, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Denmark and Qatar.

The operation aims to stop Ghadaffi from killing innocent civilians in his attempt to curtail the rebellion in his territory. However, Ghadaffi has vowed vengeance on the Western forces that have attacked his forces inflicting major damage to his military strength. He said that Libyan people are ready to be martyred to defend their soil from foreign interference. He considers the events in Libya purely internal.

Libyan people celebrate on a tank belonging to the forces of Moammar Gadhafi in the outskirts of Benghazi, eastern Libya, Sunday, March 20, 2011. (AP / Anja Niedringhaus)
Human rights violations are concern of the world and of the United Nations as an international organization of world nations. It is in fact, the primary duty of the UN to ensure that violence does not escalate in any part of the world. Killings of innocent civilians are intolerable and unjustifiable.

 Still, we have to be careful too that the sovereignty of nations is respected. While, we keep watch over violations of human rights, we have to let each nation solve its problem on its own entirely. We should not dictate on how people should settle their own political differences.

It is sad that to keep the peace, war must commence. It is so ironic. 

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