On Saturday, March 19th, 2011, U.S. and British warships and submarines launched what is to be the first stage of a large scale assault on Gadhafi’s forces. 112 missiles were fired on various targets near the coast, followed by an aerial assault on the opposition’s air force.
In the eyes of the rebels, the help is a god-send. While only a few days before their resistance seemed to be failing against Gadhafi’s superior technology and military, many have found a new fire inside their hearts.
“I feel like in two days max we will destroy Gadhafi,” said Ezzeldin Helwani, a member of the rebellion’s forces.
While the rebels rejoice and rally even more support, Gadhafi remains firm in his vow to fight on. He has opened up military weapons depots to all of his supporters, including civilians.
While many Libyans have joined with the rebels to fight Gadhafi, he still retains a powerful base of supporters. One woman told a reporter, “He is our father, and we will be with him to the last drop of blood.”
“We cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people there will be no mercy,” said President Obama. “Our consensus was strong, and our resolve is clear. The people of Libya must be protected.”
Protection is what America and its allies are offering, but with Gadhafi refusing to back down, it may indeed come down to the last drop of blood.
Let’s hope not.