Yesterday, Libyan dictator Moammar Qaddafi announced he would implement a cease-fire, after the United Nations declared a no-fly zone. The Libyan rebels, holed up in their final redoubts, couldn’t help but notice that Qaddafi continued to rain rockets and shells on them after the “cease fire” went into effect. They also noted that government forces entering the rebel city of Benghazi were carrying weapons, not baskets of cookies and Grateful Dead albums.
Acting on the Inigo Montoya principle of telling villains that some words don’t mean what they think they mean, allied leaders announced this morning that they would begin “immediate military action” against Qaddafi’s forces, as reported by the Associated Press. The report went on to say that French President Nicholas Sarkozy, speaking at an emergency summit in Paris, revealed that “French warplanes are already targeting Qaddafi’s forces.” The Washington Post carried a report that Sarkozy “had already taken action” against the Libyan dictator.
British Prime Minister David Cameron added, “The time for action has come. It needs to be urgent… This has to stop. We have to make it stop. We have to make him face the consequences. So I think it is vitally important that action takes place and action takes place urgently.”
As of noon Eastern time, I can find no confirmed reports of Allied military strikes. Hopefully they will come as a big surprise to Qaddafi and his mercenaries. It would be nice if Qaddafi himself got a close look at the first wave of Allied missiles.
Update: The U.S. military has launched more than 112 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Libyan targets to enforce a UN resolution authorizing a ‘no-fly’ zone, according to ABC News, in what is being called “Operation Odyssey Dawn.”