The United Nations has just approved military action against Libya. Residents in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi in eastern Libya are celebrating the news.
The UN resolution not only endorses a no-fly zone over Libya, but also authorizes “all neccesary measures” to protect the civilian population. That is diplo-speak for military strikes against Gaddafi’s forces.
The French are suggesting that strikes could come within hours. The vote was ten in favor (including France, Lebanon, Great Britain, and the US) while five countries abstained (including Germany, China. and Russia).
Hillary Clinton is being credited with pushing a reluctant President Obama to support action against Gaddafi.
There are reports that some Arab countries may become involved as well, but other than Lebanon I’m not sure who that might include.