The UN Security Council has backed a no-fly zone over Libya and “all necessary measures” short of an invasion “to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas”.
The UK, France and Lebanon proposed the council resolution, with US support.
There are reports of celebrations in Benghazi on hearing this news, but we can only hope that this action is not too late to prevent the crushing of the uprising against dictatorship.
Gene adds: For the record:
Countries voting yes: Britain, France, USA, Bosnia and Herzegovina (understandable), Colombia, Gabon, Lebanon, Nigeria, Portugal and South Africa.
Countries voting no: None.
Countries abstaining: Russia, China, India, Germany and Brazil
Celebrations in Benghazi: