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United for Peace of Pierce County - UFPPC STATEMENT: Resolution 1973 shields rebels fighting Libyan dictatorship
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UNITED FOR PEACE OF PIERCE COUNTY

"We nonviolently oppose the reliance on unilateral military actions rather than cooperative diplomacy."

UFPPC SUPPPORTS RESOLUTION 1973's SHIELD FOR REBELS FIGHTING DICTATORSHIP

March 17, 2011

There is a world of difference between a unilaterally declared no-fly zone over Libya and one endorsed by the United Nations after a vote in its favor by the Arab League.  United for Peace of Pierce County supports Resolution 1973, voted this evening by the United Nations Security Council, as a useful measure against a brutal, cynical dictator repressing a popular rebellion.

The BBC reported this evening that Libyan rebel spokesman Saadon al-Misraty said:  "In Misrata here almost all of the people of Misrata have taken to the streets in jubilation and in joy at the actual passing of the resolution eventually.  We have been hearing gunshots up in the air.  We have been hearing car horns for the international response that took place just a minute ago.  This is definitely a major step towards the aim of toppling the Gaddafi regime altogether."

By itself the resolution is not a solution to Libya's problems, and we have no illusions about the goodwill of the various powers whose efforts produced the resolution or about the moral integrity of those who will carry it out.  And we are concerned about unintended consequences that may result from this action, including U.S. forces being drawn into an ever downward spiralling morass of violence and occupation.  But the fact is that innocents fighting for self-rule are being slaughtered in Libya.  They deserve our support, and the international community is right to intervene.

UNITED FOR PEACE OF PIERCE COUNTY

"We nonviolently oppose the reliance on unilateral military actions rather than cooperative diplomacy."