The UN Security Council has authorized a NFZ, stricter sanctions, a freeze of Libyan government assets, and a ban on flights in and out of Libya. Effectively military force, a war against Gadhafi’s government in Libya. 

French officials have indicated that military strikes could begin within hours of the resolution’s passage.

Ten of the members of the Security Council voted for the implamention of a no-fly zone in Libya, no members opposed, with nations like Russia, China, and Brazil abstaining from the vote. 

UN officials have stressed that no occupation will take place, Lebanon’s UN ambassador has said: 

"Our resolution is aimed to protect Libyan civilians, it will not result in the occupation of even an inch of Libyan territory."

Hopefully he’s right. 

All ready the Pentagon is gearing up for the war, preparing cruise missiles and possible use of manned and unmanned aerial vehicles against Gadhafi’s tanks, personnel carriers, and infantry positions. NATO and US bases in the Mediterranean could be used in the conflict. 

The Libyan military has responded to the resolution saying that any air strikes on the country will result in counter attacks on maritime and air traffic in the Mediterranean Sea. 

All ready, the Wall Street Journal is reporting cake walk predictions for the upcoming conflict, saying air strikes will strike fear in Gadhafi’s men resulting in his’ military’s collapse. 

As the United States marches on into another war, leading Republicans in Congress are saying that a declaration of war or a military authorization bill should be debated on before the US participates in the UN NFZ. President Obama has said the US doesn’t want war, but must stop the slaughter of the civilians. The US has been taking a less leading role in the push for the no-fly.

Libyan rebels in Benghazi have received the news with celebration and fireworks. They have been asking for the no-fly zone since Gaddafi began air strikes against them. 

My opinion on the matter is against US participation the no-fly zone. It goes against my feeling on noninterventionism. The US has all ready done of enough damage in Iraq and Afghanistan, we don’t need to distort another conflict. A no-fly zone is war, and President Obama, at the very least must, seek a declaration of war from the Congress as the Constitution demands.  I suspect the President will circumvent the Congress, citing UN resolution like the past interventions of the ‘90s.  

This is more then a no-fly zone. It’s military strikes against ground units. The NFZ was originally being peddled as just strikes against anti-air weapons and Libyan air units. This is war, minus boots on the ground. 

The biggest point to be made against US action though is that we are broke. We are all ready 2 trillion dollars in the hole with Iraq and Afghanistan, and our debt isn’t getting any smaller. We can’t afford it, and that alone should be a enough reason against US involvement. 

The next few days will be historic and bloody. I pray for everyone involved. 

It seems things are going well in the latest action by the Japanese to contain the Fukushima nuclear reactor. In a press conference, Japanese officials stated that at 9am (Japan time) helicopters began dumping large amounts of water on the Fukushima Daichi Number 1 plant. 

It was first put off do to high radiation levels, but was later decided the operation would have to be put through do to the seriousness of the situation. In addition to the helicopters, 11 specially-equipped vehicles, operated by the Tokyo Police, will use water canons to help cool down the reactor. 

Basically, prayer for these brave individuals is needed, as they’re in harsh conditions radiationwise. 

As for the contradictions between American officials and Japanese officials on the seriousness of the situation, it is explained that US officials had out dated info, a lag in information. 

Also, a question about the American 80km evacuation zone was raised, and the Japanese basically responded saying that they’re monitoring the area outside the Japanese evacuation zone and will make adjustments if needed. 

Added Note: I should note the situation is still very fluid: link

It appears a battle of the officials is underway as US NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) officials contradict Japanese officials on the state of Fukushima’s number 4’s spent fuel rod pool. The NRC says it is currently bone dry, while the Japanese advocate the opposite. The American Embassy has told US citizens in Japan to evacuate 50 miles (80 km) away from the nuclear plant, which is much greater then Japan’s 12.4  mile (20 km) evacuation zone. 

Who knows who is telling the truth at this moment. I guess we’ll find out in the coming hours and days.