After weeks of violence, Libyan government suddenly goes all hippie 

Hours after promising Libya's government has abruptly declared a cease-fire. Is it the result of the threat of western intervention? Is it just a trick? Whatever it is, it's rather amazing to see Gadhafi's government, after a month of violent and bloody repression of peaceful protests, suddenly become peace protestors, just hours after making more violent threats.

In a measured response to the vote that contrasted with threats earlier in the day by Gaddafi to “show no mercy” to the rebels, Libya’s deputy foreign minister, Khaled Kaim, told reporters in Tripoli that Libya welcomed clauses in the resolution calling for protection of civilians.

But he cautioned the international community against arming the opposition, saying it would be tantamount to “inviting Libyans to kill each other.” The intention of the Libyan armed forces, he said, was “to protect civilians and guarantee food and medical supplies.”

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David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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