Struggling Libyan Rebels Asks for Western Intervention, But Not Invasion

 As the West debates a no-fly-zone over Libya, the rebels are being brutally pushed back from town to town by overwhelming force from Moamer Kadhafi's forces. While the rebels have desperately pleasded for the West to intervene via the air, no one has even proposed ground troops. According to the Guardian:

So far no western nation has explicitly supported attacks on Gaddafi's forces separate from enforcing a no-fly zone. The issue is complicated by overwhelming opposition even among the insurgents to foreign forces becoming involved on the ground, in large part because of strong views about the consequences of the invasion of Iraq.

Still, the debate from the West has allowed the fighting to go on interrupted. Meanwhile, as both sides claim victories that are nearly impossible to verify, Al-Jazeera reports that "the Libyan leader's forces and rebels are fighting for control of the oil town of Brega as the battle for eastern Libya edged closer to Benghazi, the so-called "rebel capital" in the east."

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at March 15, 2011, 3:11am

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