Attacks against Libya's regime started yesterday, with US missile strikes and French aircraft bombing targets, while Libyan dictator Moammar Qaddafi claiming this is the start of a long war (Yahoo news).
Anti-aircraft fire erupted in the Libyan capital on Sunday, marking the start of a second night of international strikes as a defiant Moammar Qaddafi vowed a "long war." The U.S. military said the allied bombardment so far, using a rain of Tomahawk cruise missiles and strikes by long-range bombers, had been successful in diminishing Gadhafi's air defenses.Meanwhile, the Vacationer-in-Chief, Barack Hussein Obama (Mmmm mmmm mmmm) was busy attending to other matters, such as playing soccer with kids...in Rio!
Libya's rebels were jubilant after the first round of strikes before dawn on Sunday, which came as the overwhelming firepower of Gadhafi's forces had threatened to crush their month-old uprising.
The strikes gave immediate, if temporary, relief to the besieged rebel capital, Benghazi, in eastern Libya, which the day before had been under a heavy attack that killed at least 120 people.
Airstrikes early Sunday, apparently from French aircraft, devastated a Libyan tank force 12 miles (20 kilometers) south of Benghazi. At least seven demolished tanks were still smoldering in a field hours later, five of them with their turrets and treads blown off, alongside two charred armored personnel carriers and around a dozen damaged jeeps and SUVs of the type often used by Gadhafi fighters.
Here's a guy who has his priorities set.