In Libya, fighting continues as rebels try to take down the government of longtime leader Muammar Gadhafi. Libyan citizens near the embattled city of Misrata recently braved the fighting to line up for much-needed food and fuel.
Top U.S. and British officials, whose countries are involved in trying to help the rebels and keep the Libyan population safe, met in Washington to discuss their next moves in Libya. The U.S. recently contributed unmanned predator drones to the fight in Libya, which can bomb targets without putting an American pilot at risk.
Although the U.S. has been wary of getting many troops involved in the NATO-backed campaign, Britain and other Western European countries have made it clear they want Gadhafi out. Britain and France have sent military trainers to help the rebel forces, but the U.S. has tried to maintain a supporting role in the operations.
"We have seen some progress made in Misrata. And it's very clear that the regime is on the back foot. The sooner that Colonel Gadhafi recognizes that the game is up, either today or shortly, the better." - Dr. Liam Fox, British Defense Secretary
"It is not acceptable to have a situation where Col. Gadhafi can be murdering his own people, using airplanes and helicopter gunships and the like. And we have to plan now to make sure, if that happens, we can do something to stop it." - David Cameron, British Prime Minister
"We have to make sacrifices. We are paying with our souls and with our blood." -Ahmed Suileman, Libyan citizen
1. Where is Libya? What has been going on there for the past several weeks?
2. What is a dictator?
3. What is NATO?
1. Why do you think the U.S. is trying to maintain a “supporting role” in the Libya conflict? Do you think that’s realistic? Why or why not?
2. Do you think predator drones are a good way for the U.S. to help the NATO mission but with minimal risk? Why or why not?
3. Why do you think Britain and France are so concerned about the fighting in Libya? Do you think their interests are purely humanitarian? Why or why not?