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Diplomatic Push on Libya Intensifies

The United Nations will have a busy day today as countries come together to figure out how to deal with the situation in Libya.   The NY Times discusses the diplomatic effort being spearheaded by France and Britain to obtain more than a mere statement condemning the actions of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.  France’s president, Nicolas Sarkozy has requesting a special session of the UN Security Council for today and has called on Qaddafi to resign.  France and Britain are pushing for an arms embargo and sanctions to be placed against Libya.  NATO has also stated that it is willing to help evacuate refugees.  Britain and Switzerland have frozen Qaddafi’s financial assets, while other western powers are attempting to have Libya removed from the UN Human Rights Council.  One wonders why they were even on it to begin with.  There having also been suggestions of bringing a case against Qaddafi and others to the International Criminal Court.

Many of these actions are purely symbolic.  But the world needs to respond with more than just condemnation.  Any of these proposed steps will show a world united against the heinous acts undertaken by Qaddafi.  This will also show the people of the Middle East and North Africa that the world is behind their movements.

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