Image by Abode of Chaos via FlickrFrance has recognized the shadow government formed by the Libyan rebels in Benghazi. Portuguese Foreign Minister Luis Amado said today he had sent a message to Libyan leader Gadhafi through a Tripoli envoy saying: “The Gadhafi regime is over.". On Friday in Brussels, it is very likely that a decision will be reached to support the rebellion in Libya.
Will France send in its air force? Navy? Send arms to the rebels? Unless the plan is already in place, all this will take time and it is beginning to look like Gadhafi's tanks have the upper hand. Tanks without opposition can and do move very, very fast. No fly zones change nothing on the ground and it is there where the battle will be won or lost.
To a large degree, Libya is Europe's issue and very far from US interests which is in the grip of a McCarthy- like demonization of its own Muslim citizenry at the hands of neo-Nazi teabaggers. The US will be doing nothing substantive. It's probably a good idea considering Iraq and Afghanistan coupled with domestic witchhunts.
So, what will be next on the agenda in Brussels or Paris or Rome? Who will take the first step? And if a fig leaf of a no-fly zone is implemented, who will be piloting the fighters?