Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Intense pressure on Gadhafi's armed forces

The coalition forces have pounded Gadhafi's armed forces on a couple of fronts.  First, their supplies of armaments is being destroyed depot by depot.  This will eventually limit their ability to attack civilians loyal to the rebellion, however in the short term this does not help besieged cities and towns.

Second, Gadhafi's tanks which have embedded themselves inside towns and cities are now being targeted - picked off and destroyed by precision laser-guided armaments.  From the ground, rebels are very impressed with this latest tactic by the coalition forces.  Obviously, the risk of damage to the towns and their people is greater with this sort of attack, but I suppose it must be balanced with the damage being inflicted by the tanks themselves.

The other big development is a declaration by British Air Vice Marshal Greg Bagwell:
Col Muammar Gaddafi's air force "no longer exists as a fighting force", the commander of British aircraft operating over Libya has said.
It is good to see progress being made on softening up the Gadhafi forces fighting against the rebellion. We can only hope that as the UN-sanctioned embargoes on Gadhafi's funding and source of weapons and mercenaries is slowly choked shut, that the loyalist armed forces will start to see that the cause is ultimate lost, so they might as well defect to the rebels or simply defect and disappear. Dying for the cause can't be a very attractive alternative!

The other good news about the Libya conflict today was to hear that the National Transitional Council has taken the step of declaring a government, to be headed by former foreign envoy Mahmoud Jibril. Although this doesn't directly help the Libyan people on the ground fighting the rebellion, it greatly increases the profile of the rebel cause internationally.  Since the United Nations is now intimately involved in this conflict, and there are several nations who have stepped up to the plate to offer support though coalition forces, having a political presence is essential for the rebel cause to succeed.  The political support the rebel government currently has from the Arab League will also be solidified by this move by the National Transitional Council.

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