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 the dictatorship.
Countries voting yes: Britain, France, USA, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Gabon, Lebanon, Nigeria, Portugal and South Africa.
Countries voting no: None.
Countries abstaining: Russia, China, India, Germany and Brazil
At the time of writing Libyan air space closed, French military briefing media that air strikes may take place within hours.
Dany "Le Rouge" Cohn-Bendit interviewed on i-tele this morning, says Sarko is right to support military action and that France needs a strong military and an activist approach to world affairs.
Elections in France on Sunday. Sarko is mortally afraid of the Front National, whose foreign policy, such as it is, is isolationist. Also Sarko is not the corrupt spineless Chirac, now rightly on trial for stealing the people's money.
Put that in your pipe and smoke it peeps.