According to reports in corporate media the US has been unable to implement a no fly zone over Libya. There is much talk of dissent in the UN over this issue.
However, on the ground, the difficulty to implement a ‘No Fly Zone’ is both political and military.
This is because the US is worried that Qadhafi still has operational anti-aircraft missiles.
Here is a quote from the US Defence Secretary:
Mr Gates said: “Let’s just call a spade a spade, a no-fly zone begins with an attack on Libya to destroy the air defences, that’s the way you do a no-fly zone, and then you can fly planes around the country and not worry about our guys being shot down.”
I think that it was a mistake for the opposition to call for the NATO to implement a ‘no fly zone’ over Libya because no one wishes to be bombed from the air – whether they be by US or by Libyan airforce planes.
By doing so they separated themselves from the masses.