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There are many reasons to be worried about the bridge-leap the Obama administration has just undertaken in its war with Col. Moammar Gadhafi. How it will all end is just one of them.
Libyan dictator Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s forces attacked the eastern city of Benghazi, the heart of the rebellion against the regime, and heavy fighting was reported from the western city of Misurata on Saturday.
President Barack Obama demanded Friday that Moammar Gadhafi halt all military attacks on civilians and said that if the Libyan leader did not stand down the United States would join other nations in launching military action against him.
With Thursday's passage of United Nations Security Council resolution 1973, the United States is set to go to war against Libya. Removing Moammar Gadhafi from power would probably advance the cause of freedom, but the United Nations has no legal authority to take a step of this magnitude. By bowing to the will of the U.N. Security Council, President Obama is diluting the sovereign power of the United States.
The U.N. Security Council on Thursday approved a resolution to impose a no-fly zone over Libya and take "all necessary measures" to protect civilians, even as Col. Moammar Gadhafi's warplanes bombed Benghazi, the eastern city at the heart of the rebellion.
Bahrain's Shiite-dominated opposition begged the international community Monday for prompt action to "protect the people of Bahrain," after a Saudi-led military force entered the small island kingdom to help the Sunni-led government quell escalating protests.
Forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi struck an oil pipeline and oil storage facility Wednesday as they pounded rebels with artillery and gunfire in at least two major cities, killing four people, officials said.
Libyan warplanes launched multiple air strikes Monday on opposition fighters regrouping at an oil port on the Mediterranean coast, the second day of a harsh government counteroffensive to thwart a rebel advance toward Moammar Gadhafi's stronghold in the capital Tripoli.
In its nine years of existence, the International Criminal Court has yet to prove itself. Now it has been handed another tough assignment — meting out justice for possible crimes against humanity in Libya.