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Libya: Clinton Gets Tough on Qaddafi

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Over the weekend, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made some of the Obama administration's toughest remarks to date against Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, accusing him of using "mercenaries and thugs" against Libyan citizens and saying at the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva that he and those around him "must be held accountable for these acts, which violate international legal obligations and common decency."


How? "Nothing is off the table," Clinton said. She demanded that Qaddafi step down "now, without further violence of delay." She also indicated that a no-fly zone over the country was under active consideration by the U.N. Security Council.

Meanwhile, AOL News reports that diplomats at the U.N. and citizens of the entire eastern half of Libya aren't the only ones who are refusing to stand by Qaddafi. Apparently, 38-year-old Galyna Kolontnytska, the "voluptuous blonde" nurse who's been his nurse (and maybe more) and accompanied him everywhere in recent years, was among the 168 Ukranians evacuated from Libya over the weekend.


Tough weekend (politically and personally) for Qaddafi. But probably not tough enough for the people of Libya, who have been terrorized under his rule and won't feel safe or satisfied until the U.S. backs up strong language with strong actions.

Read more at AOL News and NPR.

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