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Coalition attacks Libya to impose No Fly Zone

The UN coalition forces have launched operation Odyssey Dawn in their bid to end Gaddafi assault on Benghazi.

In a matter of few hours the scenario changed dramatically in Libya.

Backed by the UN approval to adopt all necessary measures authorising No Fly Zone (NFZ) over Libya to protect civilian lives France led the coalition attack over Muammar Gaddafi forces.

Interestingly it is a Euro led attack spearheaded by France aided by UK with US playing the unusual second fiddle.

French President Nicholas Sarkozy has shown a great zeal in bid to uproot Gaddafi, remember France was the first country to recognise rebels as the government.

Sarkozy finds an unusual partner in David Cameron, who backed by the opposition and after serious thinking takes the opportunity as what some sections in media described as his finest hour in politics.

Amidst all this the big brother US which more often than not champions the cause of democracy around the world, took a long long time in a long time to jump the gun.

It was only after the Arab league and gulf nations intervened that President Barack Obama made his mind to intervene in the state of affairs of imposing a no fly zone.

Not discounting the fact that a leader willing to kill his people should not be stopped, but the way things have unfolded over the last one month make for an unusual picture.

Though the ground rules for the NFZ have been established stressing that there won’t be any occupation, what also comes to mind that in bid to secure NFZ and ground Gadaffi human lives will be lost.

Also the way West has reacted to the uprisings does pose a question or two.

While it wasted no time in getting NFZ imposed on Libya the moment Gadaffi announced his forces were coming to Bengazi, there has been no such action towards situation in Bahrain where the troops have already fired at protestors.

In fact they have been aided openly by Saudi and Kuwaiti forces to curb protests but no action in sight so far.

Also it hasn’t been the case that there is a total boycott of Gadaffi regimen, in Tripoli the colonel still has supporters who storm in the face of the media pleading their support for him.

To label him as someone who has lost all the support won’t be just. In this case the step should be towards reforming Libya and not taking merely Gadaffi out.

How things now will turn is beyond anyone’s guess, how long will it last, how many casualties will it result in, and how will it end are questions that remain to be answered.

Nevertheless the 27X7 media interest has made it a spectacle with each broadcaster dishing their perspective of the developments. Add to it the in numerous live tweets from ground zero and world over have turned this crisis into entertainment of sorts.

Amidst this a question posed by a civilian to scribes outside a hospital as aired on Al Jazeera poses an unanswered question to me and questions the interest of west in liberating Libya.

“The Americans, the British and the French over the years gave all these weapons to Gaddafi to rule us and now they are coming and dropping bombs to save us. How is it justified?”, said the civilian.

The answer lies in economics and not politics, but is something which is lost in the spectacle that media has made out of the uprising.

 

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Destination India: In comes France, Russia & China to follow

Splurge to quench the BIG U(rge).

This seems to be the message coming out from how India is hosting the world leaders who are knocking on the doors at an amazing speed.

French president Nicholas Sarkozy, started his four-day visit to India by visiting the ISRO centre in Bangalore on Saturday.

After David Cameron in July, Barack Obama in November, Sarkozy is the third Western leader to visit India with leaders from Russia and China to follow before we step into 2011.

Interestingly all the three visits had similarities which stood out

1.       Dilli durbar seems to have lost on the preferred destination for world leaders. Message: politics comes later, let’s do some business first.

2.       All had sizeable business delegates along. Cameroon brought along what Downing street described as the largest trade delegation from UK in living memory, Obama got over 60 CEO’s along and so does Sarkozy.

3.       Show us the money honey: major deals for Cameron & Co. were worth over £700m( just two to be precise)Obama took home some $10 billions while Sarkozy  will be aiming at $15 billion and another $80 billion between 2012 and 2022.

4.        It’s all been take money out of the system, talk good use the carrot and stick approach.

 

All but the big U

They all back it but don’t give a definitive reply to it. This is what I mean by carrot and stick approach to United Nations Security Council (UNSC) seat for India.

Read the headlines and related links, all speak the same lines, but go through the text and its all plain economics.  It’s all wait and watch we shall see, but this is what we say to you today.

Barring the one report, all are pure number games and the one featuring Obama does talk something about elusive UNSC but in the end talks all about business.

Cameron backs India’s bid for seat in UN Security Council (July 2010)

Obama: India UN Security Council Membership Has My Support( November 2010)

India deserves a Permanent seat in UNSC: Sarkozy (December 2010)

No harm in doing deals and taking steps forward, but high time our leaders  stop behaving like in awe of their western counterparts.

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