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Libya Invasion Comes under Attack

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TEHRAN, March 22 (ICANA) – Several countries and organizations have criticized the Western alliance's invasion of Libya, saying the attack exceeds bounds set by the UN resolution.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 12:44:53 PM
Libya Invasion Comes under Attack

The Arab League, Russia, China and the Latin American ALBA bloc unanimously condemned the attacks by the UK, US, France and their allies after reports that at least 48 civilians have been killed so far in the air raids.

British Tornado jets bombed various targets within Libya in the first day of military action Saturday to enforce UN Security Council resolution 1973, which provides for a no-fly zone and the defense of Libyan civilians.

The Arabs' refusal to get involved in the bombing campaign has sparked concern and provoked comparisons with the unpopular 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq.

Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa has distanced himself from the Western military intervention, saying that he had “not wanted to see the killing of civilians.”

"What is happening in Libya differs from the aim of imposing a no-fly zone, and what we want is the protection of civilians and not the bombardment of more civilians," said Moussa.

The UK government, which once again has gone to another war without receiving parliamentary approval first, was seeking lawmakers' support Monday for its military action in Libya.

Although a yes vote was expected in the House of Commons, but Prime Minister David Cameron had to answer what the aim of the intervention was, at a time when the country is enforcing cuts even to its defense budget as part of the austerity drive to reduce record deficit.

Furthermore, anti-war campaigners warned that the imperialist bombing campaign against a third oil-rich country in 10 years would create "many civilian casualties" and enslave the population under the domination of the west.

The Stop the War Coalition spokesman Andrew Burgin warned that the motive of the intervention was regime change, which is illegal under international law.

“It looks like they are going way beyond the terms of the UN resolution,” he said.

“The firing of 112 Tomahawk cruise missiles was a declaration of full-scale war on Libya, not just the supposed no-fly zone which we've been presented with,” added the spokesman.

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