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Considerable number of people killed in coalition airstrikes near Tripoli

A US F16 fighter takes-off from the Aviano air base for coalition forces operation in Libya

LIBYA, March 24, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM / RIA NOVOSTI) — A considerable number of people was killed after coalition forces delivered air strikes on a residential area near Libya’s capital of Tripoli, France Press reported citing JANA news agency.

“Bombs dropped by a colonial aggressor on Tajoura district hit a residential area killing a considerable number of people,” a Libyan military source was quoted as saying.

He added that another airstrike delivered in the same location was intended against rescuers, who were looking for survivors in the area.

Airstrikes, which have been carried out by international coalition warplanes since Saturday, have caused significant damage to Libya’s defense facilities. Libyan state television has reported that at least 60 civilians have been killed and over 150 wounded by the attacks.

The UN Security Council imposed a no-fly zone over Libya last Friday allowing “all necessary measures” to protect civilians from leader Muammar Gaddafi’s attacks on rebel-held towns.  (*)
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Coalition Airstrikes in Libya Enter 6th Day

An air force Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) plane is seen on the tarmac of the 702 French air force base to take part in an air surveillance mission above the Mediterranean sea on March 24, 2011. Coalition forces - led by the United States, France and Britain and including other European states along with Qatar - have launched air strikes in Libya since Saturday, acting under a UN resolution authorising "all necessary means" to protect civilians in Libya. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said today that coalition airstrikes against Libya had been a "success" and would continue, while denying civilians had been targeted. (Photo by ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images)

LIBYA, March 24, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — Several explosions were reported east of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, Thursday, as a U.N.-approved military operation to enforce a no fly zone over the country entered its sixth day., VOA reported on Thursday.

Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Ghadafi had resumed their assault on the western city of Misrata Wednesday after Western planes had temporarily halted the government attacks with a series of airstrikes.

Libya’s Deputy Foreign Minister Khalid Kaim said Thursday there were no military operations on the ground in Misrata, Libya’s third-largest city. Kaim said there were only pockets of violence and snipers scattered in different areas of the city.

Earlier, a doctor in Misrata said pro-Gadhafi forces were shelling indiscriminately Wednesday, including near the city’s only hospital, and that snipers were firing on civilians from rooftops.

Loyalist forces also continued their assaults Wednesday on the rebel-held cities of Zintan and Ajdabiya.

U.S. Rear Admiral Gerard Hueber said Wednesday the coalition was directing its firepower against Mr. Gadhafi’s ground forces that are “attacking civilian populations in cities,” including mechanized units, artillery and mobile missile sites.

Coalition airstrikes against Libyan military positions started last Saturday and have continued throughout this week.

A senior British military officer said Wednesday coalition forces have gained control of Libya’s airspace. Air Vice Marshal Greg Bagwell also said Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s air force “no longer exists as a fighting force.”

Thousands of people marched through the streets of the rebel stronghold Benghazi on Wednesday to show their support for the coalition’s no-fly zone over Libya.

NATO is moving to assume responsibility for the no-fly zone set up under United Nations’ authorization to protect civilians. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe says NATO will take an “operational” role in applying flight restrictions over Libya.   (*)

 
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U.S. House Speaker John Boehner Calls on Obama to Explain ‘Contradiction’ on Libya

Speaker of the House John Boehner

 

 

March 23 (KATAKAMI.COM / BLOOMBERG) — U.S. House Speaker John Boehner asked President Barack Obama to explain the “contradiction” between U.S. goals for regime change in Libya with a United Nations mandate limited to curbing Muammar Qaddafi’s ability to attack civilians, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday.

In a letter today, Boehner asked the president how the Libyan leader would be removed from power if the UN resolution authorizing force against Qaddafi “makes clear that regime change is not part of” the international mission.

U.S. and allied aircraft and missiles attacked Libya on March 19 to impose a “no-fly” zone to blunt the ability of Qaddafi forces to target civilians.

In Boehner’s two-page letter to Obama, the speaker complained of ‘conflicting messages from the administration” and coalition nations producing “a lack of clarity over the objectives of this mission.”

The Ohio Republican asked a series of questions about the U.S. and allied military operation, saying the American people need to know “what our national security interests are, and how it fits into our overarching policy in the Middle East.” Boehner said these concerns “point to a fundamental question: What is your hallmark for success in Libya?”

‘Troubled’ Lawmakers

He also said many lawmakers “are troubled that U.S. military resources were committed to war without clearly defining for the American people, the Congress and our troops what the mission in Libya is and what America’s role is in achieving that mission.”

Boehner requested from Obama details about the “engagement strategy” for the Libyan opposition forces.

“If the strife in Libya becomes a protracted conflict, what are your administration’s objectives for engaging with opposition forces, and what standards must a new regime meet to be recognized” by the U.S., Boehner asked.

Obama’s advisers said taking military action was necessary to prevent the deaths of civilians, and that the pace of the president’s decision-making on the issue allowed the U.S. to draw in international partners.

Multilateral support for the mission was “fundamental,” Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, told reporters aboard Air Force One as Obama returned today to Washington from a trip to Latin America.

By marshaling allies for the aerial campaign, the U.S. cost is “significantly” reduced, Rhodes said.

Boehner asked Obama if he expected to seek supplemental appropriations for the mission.

Democratic Support

The Democratic chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said today his chamber won’t constrain Obama’s direction of the attack on Qaddafi’s forces.

Opponents of Obama’s decision to support the mission won’t come “anywhere near success” getting the votes needed to curtail it, Senator Carl Levin of Michigan told reporters on a conference call.

When Congress returns from a recess next week, opponents of the U.S.-led operation may try to cut off funding or force a vote on congressional authorization under the War Powers Resolution of 1973, which requires the president to seek approval from Congress for military actions.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said the administration has had “a great number of consultations with Congress” on the reasons for the military action.

‘Regrettable’

Boehner, though, told Obama that it was “regrettable that no opportunity was afforded to consult with congressional leaders” before the decision to attack Libya.

Senator Dick Lugar of Indiana, the ranking Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, today called for a panel hearing on the mission. Such proceedings are “especially vital because the Obama administration did not consult meaningfully with Congress,” Lugar said in a letter to committee Chairman John Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat.

Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, the chamber’s No. 2 Democrat, said Obama briefed a bipartisan group of congressional leaders for an hour on March 18, the day before the military operation began. “I’ve been kept informed the entire way,” Durbin told reporters today on a conference call.

‘Criticism Is Apt’

Representative Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the second-ranking House Democrat, said in “some sense the criticism is apt” because “I don’t think there was a lot of consultation.”

In an interview, Hoyer said “there was certainly no consultation” at the briefing of congressional leaders. He said lawmakers were “informed of an action the president was going to take within, frankly, minutes of the ending of the meeting.”

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California urged more consultations with lawmakers. “U.S. participation is strengthened by the president’s continued consultation with Congress,” she said in a statement.

While Obama has said Qaddafi should give up power, Pentagon officials have said that the Libyan dictator isn’t a target of the attacks.

Coalition attacks on government tanks, artillery, supply lines and communication points are “pressurizing Qaddafi’s forces,” said U.S. Rear Admiral Gerard Hueber. Still, government forces have increased their attacks and killed 16 people in Misrata and six in Zentan, opposition spokesman Abdulhafid Ghoda told reporters in Benghazi.

Obama said yesterday that the U.S. goal is to transfer command of the operation to an international coalition that will be orchestrated by North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies. The U.S. and its coalition partners are trying to resolve a disagreement over the role of NATO in the command structure of the operation.

In his letter, Boehner pressed Obama for details on which nations “will be taking the lead” and “are there clear lines of authority and responsibility and a chain of command?”   (*)

 
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House Speaker John Boehner presses Obama to define Libya mission

Speaker of the House John Boehner

 

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM / AP) – President Barack Obama came under pressure from Republicans on Wednesday to outline the U.S. goals in Libya, where American aircraft and warships are part of an international campaign enforcing a no-fly zone, as lawmakers sought to protect Congress’ constitutional role in military decisions, AP reported on Wednesday.

In a letter to the White House, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said while he respected Obama’s authority as commander in chief, he complained that the president ordered the military into combat without clearly describing the mission and U.S. role for the American people and Congress. Boehner insisted that certain questions be answered on U.S. strategy, the cost of the operation, the continued support of coalition partners and whether it was acceptable for Gadhafi to remain in power after the military effort is over.

“Because of the conflicting messages from the administration and our coalition partners, there is a lack of clarity over the objectives of this mission, what our national security interests are and how it fits into our overarching policy for the Middle East,” Boehner wrote. “The American people deserve answers to these questions. And all of these concerns point to a fundamental question: What is your benchmark for success in Libya?”

Boehner said he hopes the president will provide a clear and robust assessment of the mission and how it will be achieved. The letter was dispatched to the White House while Obama was en route home from a trip to Latin America that was overshadowed by events in Libya.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi wasn’t as pointed in her statement in which she said the no-fly zone prevented an imminent humanitarian crisis. But she added, “Decisions made in the days ahead are strengthened by our NATO partners’ participation. U.S. participation is strengthened by the president’s continued consultation with Congress.”

Deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes told reporters traveling with the president on Air Force One that the administration has consulted with Congress throughout the process.

“We consulted before we took military action and continue to brief Congress and believe it’s very important to have a very close and important dialogue with Congress about what we’re doing in Libya,” Rhodes said.

Boehner’s letter does not call for a vote in the House on the commitment of U.S. military resources, as some individual lawmakers have demanded. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, pointed out on Wednesday that under Senate rules any lawmaker could call for a vote on authorizing military force. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., said he expected strong bipartisan support for Obama. They made their comments in a conference call with reporters.

Separately, Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, the top Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, called for prompt hearings on Libya. “In my judgment, hearings on Libya are especially vital because the Obama administration did not consult meaningfully with Congress before initiating military operations,” Lugar said.

 

 
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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin concerned over Libya killings

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin concerned over Libya killings

March 24, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM / PRESS TV/ Reuters) — Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has expressed concern over the number of civilian deaths in Libya as some Western countries have launched airstrikes on the North African country.
Putin made the remarks on Wednesday during a visit to Belgrade, slamming the strikes which can result in more civilian casualties in Libya, Reuters reported.

“What do we see today? Strikes are being carried out across the entire territory of the country,” asking, “How can you, with the aim of protecting the peaceful population, choose means that lead to an increase of deaths among the civilian population?”

Russia abstained from the vote on the UN Security Council resolution authorizing the use of force to protect civilians against Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi’s troops, but did not veto the decision.

Putin had earlier said that the UN Security Council resolution on the imposition of a no-fly zone over Libya resembled “medieval calls for crusades.”

Germany has already announced that it has pulled out of NATO operations in the Mediterranean and Italy says it will review the use of its bases for attacks on Libyan regime forces unless NATO leads the operations.

Russia, China and India as well as several other countries have also opposed the military campaign in Libya.

Despite the negative responses for US-led military operations in Libya, the United States still plans to transfer control of the military mission in Libya to an allied coalition in days with NATO playing a key role.

On Wednesday night, a huge explosion was heard on a military base in eastern Libyan capital Tripoli.

Medical personnel say at least 90 people have died in Misratah in the past five days.

Meanwhile, forces loyal to embattled Gaddafi reportedly killed at least 17 civilians, including five children in Misratah over the past 24 hours.  (*)
 
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Antara Presiden Medvedev, Perdana Menteri Putin Dan Kekecewaan Gaddafi Pada Sikap Abstain Rusia

Presiden Rusia Dmitry Medvedev (Kiri) dan Perdana Menteri Vladimir Putin

Jakarta, 24//3/2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — Hampir sepekan invasi 3 negara terjadi di Libya dengan dalih melaksanakan keputusan Resolusi PBB Nomor 1973 tentang zoba bebas terbang atau No Fly Zone ( NFZ ) terhadap Libya yang dipimpin oleh orang kuat yang selalu berpakaian nyentrik Muammar Al Gaddafi.

Setelah hampir sepekan dilaksanakan oleh 3 negara maka dalam waktu yang tidak akan lama lagi, aksi militer terhadap Libya akan dipimpin oleh NATO.

Sehingga semua pihak akan menyaksikan bahwa  aksi militer di Libya ( mengapa ) belum menunjukkan tanda-tanda akan diakhiri.

Sejumlah politisi di Indonesia juga sudah mulai menunjukkan ketidak-senangan atas intervensi asing pada masalah Libya.

Memang kalangan sipil harus dan mutlak dilindungi di Libya tetapi membiarkan kekuatan militer asing memasuki wilayah sebuah negara adalah sebuah tindakan yang tidak seharusnya dibiarkan terjadi dalam sistem pemerintahan manapun juga.

Banyak pihak yang juga berspekulasi, mengapa depot dan ladang-ladang minyak di Libya yang justru ikut dihancurkan.

Lalu basis-basis militer Libya, ikut  dihancurkan.

Lho, selama ini Libya adalah sebuah negara yang diakui keberadaannya dalam tatanan dunia.

Sehingga, apa yang menjadi aset-aset penting didalam sebuah negara, jangan dihancurkan sebab itu hanya akan mendatangkan kerugian sangat amat besar di kemudian hari.

Dan kalau berbicara soal perkembangan di Libya, yang sangat menarik untuk dicermati adalah peran Rusia.

 

Presiden Rusia Dmitry Medvedev (Kiri) dan Perdana Menteri Vladimir Putin

 

Russian Prime Minister Putin says Security Council resolution on Libya “flawed”

 

Sepekan ini dunia dibuat terkesima dengan panggung politik dan kebijakan luar negeri Rusia yang dipimpin oleh duet Dmitry Medvedev sebagai Presiden dan Vladimir Putin sebagai Perdana Menteri.

Dalam sidang darurat Dewan Keamanan PBB akhir pekan lalu, Rusia tidak menggunakan hak veto mereka saat pengambilan suara ( voting ) terkait perlu tidaknya PBB menetapkan kebijakan No Fly Zone (NFZ ) terhadap Libya.

Bila kebijakan NFZ itu ditetapkan sebagai Resolusi remi dari badan dunia PBB, maka semua tindakan militer akan dianggap sah dan legal.

Rusia memilih sikap ABSTAIN.

Dan Rusia tidak sendirian memilih untuk abstain tadi.

Selain Rusia, Jerman, China, India dan Brazil juga mengambil sikap abstain.

Memasuki hari ketiga pelaksanaan invasi militer ( atau dalam istilah lain yang digunakan oleh PBB adalah MILITARY ACTION ), Perdana Menteri Rusia Vladimir Putin mengeluarkan pernyataan yang sangat mengejutkan.

Ia mengkritik dengan keras pelaksanaan serangan militer terhadap Libya.

Putin juga menyebut bahwa keputusan RESOLUSI Dewan Keamanan PBB yang menetapkan kebijakan No Fly Zone terhadap Libya adalah sebuah keputusan yang cacat.

Putin mengecam keras kebijakan Dewan Keamanan PBB ini karena dianggap merupakan sebuah panggilan untuk terciptanya perang salib.

 

Perdana Menteri Rusia Vladimir Putin dalam acara konferensi pers di Serbia, 23 Maret 2011. Putin saat ini sedang melakukan kunjungan ke Serbia.

 

 

 

Dalam hitungan menit, pernyataan Putin diberitakan oleh media internasional ke seluruh dunia.

Namun beberapa jam kemudian, Rusia kembali mengejutkan dunia.

Presiden Dmitry Medvedev mengatakan bahwa Rusia memang memilih untuk tidak terlibat dalam aksi militer Libya tetapi tidak membenarkan serangan terhadap sipil yang dilakukan oleh rezim Muammar Gaddafi.

Medvedev secara tidak langsung ingin menampik pernyataan sebelumnya dari Putin yang sempat sangat keras mengecam aksi militer ke Libya.

Sang Presiden merasa perlu untuk bicara kepada dunia untuk menetralisir situasi pasca keluarnya pernyataan Perdana Menteri yang sangat amat keras, sinis dan begitu tidak senang atas “invasi militer asing” di Libya.

Debat antara Medvedev dan Putin ditutup dengan pernyataan berikutnya dari Putin bahwa semua kecaman dirinya terhadap keputusan Dewan Keamanan PBB adalah pernyataan pribadi.

Menurut Putin, kebijakan luar negeri Rusia ada di tangan Presiden Medvedev sehingga setiap pernyataan Presiden Medvedev-lah yang harus dirujuk sebagai kebijakan politik luar negeri Rusia mengenai Libya.

Medvedev tidak sedikitpun berkata-kata sangat keras tentang PBB.

Ia menjaga betul setiap pernyataannya.

Pemimpin Libya, Kolonel Muammar Al Gaddafi

 

Dan dari Libya, Muammar Gaddafi tak segan-segan mengungkapkan kekecewaannya terhadap Rusia.

Menurut Gaddafi, jika memang Rusia tak setuju atas invasi militer asing ke Libya, mengapa Rusia justru bersikap abstain dan tidak menggunakan hak veto mereka saat sidang darurat Dewan Keamanan PBB dilaksanaan saat pengambilan voting tentang No Fly Zone (NFZ).

Tetapi walaupun mengecam sangat keras atas sikap Rusia yang tidak mau memveto, Muammar Gaddafi secara jujur berterimakasih kepada 5 negara yang telah memilih sikap abstain.

Gaddafi tetaplah Gaddafi.

Ia tetap bicara dengan sangat amat cuek di jejaring sosial TWITTER.

MuammarLGaddafi

Plaid-Gaddafi

Twitter adalah sarana Gaddafi untuk mengekspresikan setiap bentuk kemarahan, kekecewaan, kenakalannya dalam berkata-kata, rasa humor yang tetap tinggi dalam mengejek invasi asing ke negaranya dan untuk memberitahukan setiap kebijakan yang diambilnya.

Dan Gaddafi memiliki begitu banyak akun TWITTER.

( Tetapi untuk setiap orang yang jeli memperhatikan kata demi kata yang digunakannya lewat akun-akun TWITTER itu, akan bisa dikenali yang mana yang dituliskan oleh Gaddafi secara pribadi ).

Dan apapun yang dituliskan oleh Gaddafi dalam akun-akun TWITTER yang digunakannya, muara dari semua ungkapan Gaddafi adalah kemarahan yang sangat mendalam atas kesewenang-wenangan asing menginvasi negaranya.

Para pemberontak ( rebels ) seakan dianggap pahlawan.

Pertanyaannya, di negara mana ada kelompok sipil bersenjata yang bisa dibiarkan menguasai sejengkal saja terorial dan kedaulatan dari negara  ?

Di Indonesia, yang namanya pemberontak akan dihadapi secara tegas oleh negara.

Sebutlah misalnya di Nangroe Aceh Darussalam, sempat eksis kelompok separatis Gerakan Aceh Merdeka ( GAM ).

Atau di Papua, sampai saat ini berdiri Organisasi Papua Merdeka ( OPM ).

Inilah dua kelompok pemberontak ( rebels ) yang sangat amat kuat eksistensinya di Indonesia.

Di Papua sana, sedikit saja berkibar bendera OPM, maka aparat keamananan akan langsung menurunkan bendera bintang kejora.

Di setiap negara terhadap kelompok sipil bersenjata yang memberontak terhadap pemerintahannya.

Dan di negara manapun, kalangan sipil tidak diperkenankan untuk memiliki senjata api yang menyamai, menandingi atau bahkan mengalahkan persenjataan kalangan militer dan aparat keamanan di negara tersebut.

Setiap kelompok pemberontak di semua negara ( entah itu masuk dalam kategori separatis, ekstrimis atau radikalis ), pasti akan berhadapan dengan aparat resmi dari masing-masing negara tadi.

Setiap kelompok pemberontak di semua negara, hampir sama misi perjuangannya yaitu menjatuhkan pemerintah, membentuk pemerintahan sendiri dan bahkan kalau bisa mendirikan negara sendiri.

Sehingga, Resolusi Dewan Keamanan PBB memang pantas dipertanyakan jika dalam implementasinya di Libya, justru diarahkan untuk misi membela kelompok pemberontak ( rebels ).

Ini sinyalemen yang sangat mengkuatirkan bagi setiap pemerintah atau negara manapun didunia ini.

Sebab, indikasi dukungan dari badan dunia PBB kepada kelompok pemberontak ( rebels ) di Libya, menjadi sebuah inspirasi bagi kelompok pemberontak di negara-negara lain untuk melakukan “perjuangan mulia yang sama”.

Para pemberontak Libya memegang senjata di Benghazi, 23 Maret 2011

Artinya, dari awal sudah salah kaprah kalau kelompok anti Gaddafi di Libya menamakan diri mereka sebagai REBELS ( pemberontak ).

Tidak akan kepala pemerintahan atau kepala negara manapun didunia ini yang mau kalau kelompok pemberontak, separatis, radikalis atau ekstrimis di negaranya, akan mendapat pembenaran dan dukungan resmi dari badan dunia sekelas PBB.

Kembali ke masalah Rusia.

Yang menarik untuk disimak ini adalah kepatuhan Vladimir Putin kepada Sang Presiden.

Padahal semua tahu bahwa sesungguhnya, Putin adalah senior dari Medvedev.

Tetapi, Putin menunjukkan kepada dunia bahwa sebagai Perdana Menteri ia patuh dan tunduk kepada presidennya.

Putin menjadi inspirasi kepada dunia bahwa setiap pimpinan harus dihormati.

Moscow menunjukkan panggung politik yang dewasa dan mengagumkan.

Gaddafi tak perlu terlalu berlebihan mengecam sikap abstain Rusia.

Sebab walaupun brutalitas kelompok pemberontak di Libya sudah berlebihan dalam melawan pemerintahnya, kekerasan yang juga telah dilakukan oleh Gaddafi terhadap sipil di negaranya juga tak bisa ditolerir.

( Tetapi kalau boleh lebih leluasa dalam menganalisa, bisa jadi sebenarnya Muammar Gaddafi tak ingin bersikap keras kepada rakyatnya sendiri. Namun, pemberontakan yang terus menerus dilakukan oleh kalangan pemberontak BERSENJATA di Libya yang mengarah pada misi menjatuhkan pemerintah, sesungguhnya bisa dianggap menjadi sebuah tantangan serius kepada pemerintah).

Dan dalam pekan ini, Dewan Keamanan PBB akan kembali bersidang untuk membahas masalah Libya.

Dunia akan melihat, akan seperti apalagikah Rusia memainkan perananannya dalam kerangka ikut menjaga keamanan dan perdamaian dunia.

Baik itu Medvedev atau Putin, keduanya diharapkan sangat serius memanfaatkan setiap momen demi menjaga keamanan dan perdamaian dunia.

Janganlah didukung setiap hal yang misi terselubungnya adalah mencampuri urusan dalam negeri dari negara-negara lain.

Janganlah juga didiamkan setiap hal yang misi terselubungnya adalah menjatuhkan kepala pemerintahan di negara-negara lain ( dengan alasan apapun juga ).

 

Presiden Rusia Dmitry Medvedev saat memberikan keterangan kepada wartawan (21/3/2011) tentang sikap resmi Rusia terhadap masalah Libya

 

Rusia harus tetap bisa menjadi pilar dunia yang kokoh dan tegas dalam bersikap.

Rusia harus tetap menunjukkan panggung politik yang dewasa dan mengagumkan.

Dan Putin menjadi inspirasi dalam tatanan pemerintahan yang sesungguhnya. Ia tidak merasa dirinya paling hebat, paling benar dan lebih berpengalaman dari siapapun.

Sebab dalam sistem pemerintahan, orang nomor satu atau presiden tetaplah orang nomor satu yang harus dihormati.

Pemandangan politik tentang bagaimana menjalankan pemerintahan, telah ditunjukkan oleh para politisi Moscow yang sangat kawakan. Tak ada yang bisa menebak, apakah sebenarnya debat antara Presiden dan Perdana Menteri Rusia tentang Libya adalah sebuah permainan politik atau perdebatan natural yang lumrah terjadi didunia ini.

Yang jelas, Rusia ingin mengatakan kepada dunia bahwa setiap kalangan sipil harus dilindungi dimanapun juga mereka berada.

Tetapi setiap kedaulatan dari masing-masing negara juga harus dihormati ( jadi tidak perlu bagi pihak manapun juga memasukkan agenda menjatuhkan pemimpin negara lain seakan-akan menjadi tren baru kebijakan luar negeri ).

Rusia tidak menggunakan hak veto mereka, pasti karena satu hal yaitu ingin agar situasi di Libya bisa lebih membaik dengan adanya tekanan internasional.

Akan sangat tidak bijaksana bagi Rusia untuk memveto jika pada kenyataannya di lapangan, memang ada kalangan sipil yang terkorbankan di Libya.

Ini memang menjadi sebuah dilema bagi setiap negara yang memilih sikap abstain.

Mereka tak mungkin menggunakan hak veto sepanjang yang terjadi di lapangan masih sangat tidak terkendali.

Sehingga ini jugalah yang harus disadari oleh Gaddafi.

Lindungi kalangan sipil anda ( walaupun apa boleh buat, kelompok pemberontak bersenjata yang sangat ekstrimis di Libya, bisa dengan mudah bersembunyi di balik kedok sebagai “kalangan sipil yang harus didukung dan dilindungi ).

Semoga, ya semoga, keadaan di Libya bisa segera terselesaikan secara baik.

Tidak berkepangan.

Tidak lagi berdarah-darah.

 

 

(MS)

 
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Gaddafi: US bound for dustbin of history

Muammar Al Gaddafi

LIBYA, March 23, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi predicts that the US-led military alliance attacking the North African country will end up in “the dustbin of history.”

As reported by Iranian Television PRESS TV Channel, Gaddafi was addressing a crowd of supporters at his residence near the capital, Tripoli.

“This assault … is by a bunch of fascists who will end up in the dustbin of history,” Gaddafi said in a speech followed by fireworks in Tripoli.

The compound was targeted by Western forces on Sunday night and came under attack in 1986 from the US Reagan administration.

The defiant ruler has pledged that fighting will continue. He also promised his supporters victory over revolutionary and foreign forces.

“We will defeat them by any means … We are ready for the fight, whether it will be a short or a long one … We will be victorious in the end,” he said.

“We will not surrender.”

In other remarks, Gaddafi said he was ready for battle and that he was not afraid of rockets or missiles. He further called for mass protests against the US-led attacks in Libya.

Meanwhile, latest reports say two explosions have been heard in Tripoli before dawn. The blasts were followed by a barrage of anti-aircraft gunfire believed to have come from forces loyal to Gaddafi.

As the US-led NATO bombing campaign against Gaddafi continues, Americans are worried about another extended military mission and some members of Congress are angry they were not consulted by the White House.

US military chief Admiral Mike Mullen has acknowledged that the US-led military invasion of Libya could lead to a deadlock in the North African country.

Mullen, the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told CBS news in an interview on Sunday that the Western military operation could end in a stalemate with Gaddafi.

The top military commander added that the end-game of the military action in Libya was “very uncertain.”  (*)
 
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