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American Opinion - On the no-fly zone in Libya in North Africa: From The Associated Press

Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States:

On the no-fly zone in Libya in N. Africa:

If anyone benefited from the horrific week in Japan, it was Moammar Gadhafi, the Libyan ruler who used the time when the world's eyes were averted to launch deadly attacks against his own people. By the time attention had returned to his efforts to quash a rebellion against his 30 years of despotism, it was nearly too late.

The United Nations has adopted a no-fly zone over the country to protect the civilians who had taken up the spirit of democracy shown in neighboring Tunisia and Egypt.

Unfortunately, the protection looks like it will be too late to have the immediate effect of showing the citizens of Libya that a faction of the military is all that props up their brutal dictator.

In two other notable instances has the international community come together to enforce a no-fly zone: in the Balkans in the 1990s and over Iraq when it was controlled by Saddam Hussein. The results of such endeavors are mixed. Kosovo and its neighbors are still trying to put together a framework for peace and prosperity, and they are far ahead of where Iraq is today.

The no-fly zone of Libya may end up being another long-term proposition for Europe, the U.S. and its allies in the Middle East. ...

Perhaps the best role the United States can play is to help ensure the democratic reforms of Egypt and Tunisia take root and lift the prospects for the millions of underemployed and highly educated workers in those a.

Through acts of peace, the people of Libya may see the light of freedom and prosperity. ...

-- The Canon City (Colo.)

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