The government crisis in Libya has hit an all time high. The United States joined the United Nations leaders on assertive measures to dethrone ruler Moammar Gadhafi from his 42 years of supremacy.
On Sunday morning, Libyan time (Saturday afternoon U.S. Eastern time), 19 U.S. warplanes that included stealth bombers and fighter jets managed strike operations in Libya.
The U.S. fired 124 unmanned Tomahawk missiles at Libya’s air defense sites. They flew close to the ground and stirred close to man-made and natural barriers after the U.S. constricted a No Fly Zone over the country.
According to a senior U.S. military official, the cruise missiles landed near the cities Misrata and Tripoli. The Libyan military stated that the strikes killed 48 people mostly women, children and religious clerics.
However the United States has not confirmed these claims and are going to conduct damage assessments of these sites.
The British and French have also attacked. French planes fired and hit four tanks on Saturday.
The United Kingdom’s Royal Air force deployed Tornado GR4 jets. But with the increased involvement of the U.S. in oil packed Libya, one has to ask what impacts will this have on the U.S., and whether or not it was a good decision in the first place.
America previously fought wars with Middle Eastern countries such as Iraq and Kuwait under the Bush administration, prompting more tension between Muslim and Islamic groups within the U.S. The situation in Libya, a country where 97 percent of the population is of Islamic faith, may hurt the trust between the U.S. and other Islamic countries
in the Middle East in which the U.S. depends on for oil.
The U.S. involvement in Libya’s fight for democracy could negatively affect our gas prices.
According to AAA, the national average cost of gas is $3.54 for regular. First it was suspected that oil companies raised prices in uncertainty of the events in Libya. But now with the U.S. military attacking Libyan military, Gadhafi, who controlled oil wealth, will be reluctant to allow members of the United Nations any share.
This condemns further possible oil business between Libya, the U.S. and the rest of the U.N. Unfortunately gas prices are expected to increase over the summer in the midst of foreign disputes.
With many events unfolding in Libya, it is important for the
government to act in ways that protects the American people.