The protests and violence in the country of Libya have been going on for weeks. The ruler of the country, Muammar Gaddafi, refuses to leave the country and now his supporters have begun fighting the rebels; the whole country has become entangled in chaos and violence. Three events have taken place in the last few days that could prove to change how the conflict might be resolved.
Hillary Clinton Meets with Libyan Opposition Leader
The United States has tried its hardest to stay out of the conflict in Libya as much as possible. According to BBC News, “US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has met Libyan opposition leader Mahmoud Jibril and discussed ways the US can aid efforts to depose embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.” The rebels want a no fly zone implemented but this would be a hard thing to do right now.
The United States has not stated its stance on the issue because it does not want to stir up tensions in the region. However, if a no fly zone can finally be implemented in the country, then the rebels would have a better chance of being able to overthrow Gaddafi. Gaddafi has hired trained mercenaries and assassins and has a lot of weaponry and artillery at his disposal.
Gaddafi Forces Bombing Areas to Get Rid of Rebels
According to Indian Express, “forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi cranked up military and psychological pressure against rebels on Monday, offering an amnesty to those who surrendered while bombing a strategic linchpin in the east and surrounding a rebel-held town in the west.”
Gaddafi’s forces are very strong due to the fact that many of the men are mercenaries from Africa. The men are moving to the east because they want to overtake the cities that the rebels have a stronghold on. If Gaddafi forces can re-take more of the cities that they lost, then the conflict could become even more bloody and last for weeks or months to come.
G8 Leaders Meet in Paris to Discuss Libya
According to VOA News,”Diplomats said Tuesday the G8 foreign ministers would ask the U.N. to use economic measures to pressure Mr. Gadhafi.” The G8 leaders could force Gaddafi to step down if they make it very hard for the country to survive economically. Economic sanctions are hard to overcome in a country like Libya, so if the sanctions are hard enough, then Gaddafi may crack under the intense pressure.
Who Has The Advantage In The Conflict?
It seems as though the rebels might have the advantage in their quest to rid the country of Gaddafi. The rebels have the world on their side, and that will play a huge role in how this whole conflict comes to an end. Gaddafi’s forces have the muscle and fire power but that can only get them so far. The international community wants Gaddafi gone from power and they know that this may be their last opportunity to do so. The only other options left on the table are military action and a no fly zone. Both are unpopular right now with G8 leaders because they could have serious consequences.