Rumors of a halt in bombings were premature. Today’s news from NATO makes that clear.
Any negotiations between NATO nations and Libya would have involved unacceptable compromises for the Libyan people. NATO’s focus will shift to the ‘ground troop’ phase of war.
This struggle will not be over until NATO is defeated and Libya is free on her own terms, with full reparations made for damages and justice obtained for the victims of this illegitimate war. This author hopes victory will include the complete dismantlement of both NATO and the United Nations now that the entire world has seen the truth of who and what they really are. ~Alexandra
This just in from Stop NATO …
117-Day War: France Extends Libyan Military Mission
Xinhua News Agency. 7.13.11
French parliament authorises extension of military mission in Libya
-Since France took the lead in launching air strikes against pro-Gaddafi troop on March 19, it has mobilized around 4,400 soldiers, 40 fighting jets, 8 vessels and 18 helicopters in the coalition operation backed first by Britain and then NATO…
PARIS: The French parliament on Tuesday gave the green light for the extension of the country’s military intervention against Libya’s Gaddafi regime, while senior officials insisted that political solutions are “to take shape” and contacts going on.
The French Senate, the upper house, approved in the evening to prolong the military intervention in Libya with 311 votes for and 24 against the bill proposed by the government. Earlier in the afternoon, deputies of the lower house (the National Assembly) gave a nod to the bill with 482 votes in favor and 27 against.
According to the French constitution amended in 2008, a parliamentary commission has to examine any military operation of French troops if their mission exceeds four months.
Before the parliament started debate over the continuation of the operation, Prime Minister Francois Fillon appealed to the legislators to agree with the government, noting a political solution was “beginning to take shape” though the intervention against pro-Gaddafi forces had seen no quick end.
Like what happened in the National Assembly, a large majority of the senators, including those of the ruling party UMP and the opposition Socialist, let pass the bill authorizing the four-month long military intervention to continue in Libya.
Since France took the lead in launching air strikes against pro-Gaddafi troop on March 19, it has mobilized around 4,400 soldiers, 40 fighting jets, 8 vessels and 18 helicopters in the coalition operation backed first by Britain and then NATO, according to official data.
French Defense Minister Gerard Longuet estimated that the cost of France’s part in the operation had exceeded 160 million euros (223.6 million US dollars) by the end of June.
In an interview published by French daily Le Figaro on Tuesday, Libyan Prime Minister Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi said Tripoli was ready to negotiate directly with France and Gaddafi wouldn’t participate in the discussion.
Meanwhile, he called on NATO to stop military strikes in Libya first.