Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Why only non-Muslims trying to stop the genocide in Libya?

I have yet to hear Muslim nations announcing financial freeze and
other sanctions against Libiya, especially Gaddafi.

It seems as though Muslim governments do not condemn Gaddafi's actions
against his own people. What Gaddafi had done had been making stupid
comments about western imperialism when he is even worse than those
that he had accused. Similarly for all Muslim governments, Malaysia
and Indonesia included.

These are nations that are supposed to be voted into power by Muslims.
Is it because these governments don't listen to the people or most
likely the people are not vocal about the massacres that are happening
in Libya.


US Consulting Allies on Military Options for Dealing with Libya

VOA News March 01, 2011
Libyan citizens queue outside a bank to get cash, in Benghazi, Libya
Photo: AP

Libyan citizens queue outside a bank to get cash, in Benghazi, Libya
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The United States says it is consulting allies about military options
for dealing with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's deadly crackdown on
opposition forces trying to end his 42-year autocratic rule.

U.S. officials said Monday "all options" are under consideration,
including the imposition of a no-fly zone to prevent Mr. Gadhafi's air
force from staging further attacks on rebels who control eastern Libya
and parts of the west. British Prime Minister David Cameron said
London also is working on a plan for a no-fly zone over Libya.

U.S. commanders said they were moving naval and air forces closer to
Libya to provide the Obama administration with options for carrying
out humanitarian or other missions.

The U.S. State Department said Washington has been in contact with
Libyan opposition groups in recent days to understand their needs and
concerns. But, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said
it is "premature" to discuss military assistance to the opposition
while its various factions try to become more organized.

The United States also was increasing financial pressure on Mr.
Gadhafi's government, freezing $30 billion in his family's U.S.-based
assets following the imposition of unilateral sanctions last week. A
U.S. Treasury official said the asset freeze is the largest ever to be
approved by the U.S. government in a single executive order.

The United States and its Western allies want Mr. Gadhafi to step down
immediately, saying he has lost legitimacy after his forces killed
hundreds of opposition protesters and military defectors in the two-
week-old uprising.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Washington would support Mr.
Gadhafi going into exile if such a move hastens his departure, but
believes the Libyan ruler and his aides must be held accountable for
their actions, regardless.

U.S. President Barack Obama telephoned Canadian Prime Minister Stephen
Harper Monday to thank him for joining the United States in adopting
tough sanctions against Mr. Gadhafi's government. Canada announced a
series of sanctions Sunday, including an asset freeze on the Libyan
leader and his relatives.

The White House said Mr. Obama and Mr. Harper agreed on a need to
deter further violence by Mr. Gadhafi's forces, hold him and others
accountable for human rights violations and provide humanitarian
assistance to the Libyan people.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Washington is allocating
$10 million in emergency aid to organizations on the ground in Libya.
Speaking on a visit to Geneva, she said the United States also is
sending two humanitarian teams to help thousands of displaced people
at Libya's borders with Tunisia and Egypt.

The European Union also agreed to a package of sanctions against Mr.
Gadhafi Monday, reinforcing measures adopted by the U.N. Security
Council last week.

Despite his increasing international isolation, the Libyan leader won
some rare diplomatic support Monday from a longtime ally in Latin
America. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said he will not condemn
Mr. Gadhafi, and accused the United States of preparing to invade
Libya to steal its oil.

In another development, the U.S. State Department said Mr. Gadhafi's
government has fired its ambassador to Washington, Ali Aujali, who
defected to the Libyan opposition last week. State Department
spokesman PJ Crowley said Libya informed Washington that it is
replacing Aujali with a chargé d'affaires who is a Gadhafi loyalist.

Crowley said Washington is maintaining diplomatic relations with Libya
in order to keep the option of communicating directly with Mr.
Gadhafi's government.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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