In fairness to the military, ltbewr, an essential 'first step' in achieving that embargo is to knock out their air defences (radar as well as airfields). That appears to be what all those missiles, so far, are intended to do; establish 'air superiority.' And I've no doubt that they'll succeed, in large part.
But I think that what all or most of us can't see, at the moment, is what comes next? You may well be right that trade embargos etc. should and will follow.
But the effect of any such embargos on things like oil prices might hurt all of us
a lot more than it hurts Gaddafi?
PS - breaking news. Our radio news just played a phone interview with a Tripoli resident who lives quite close to Gaddafi's 'lair.' He said that there had been half an hour of very heavy anti-aircraft gunfire over Tripoli, ending only ten minutes ago.
Just possibly, this was an attempt at 'decapitation' - knocking out Gaddafi himself. If so, good - if I was a politician given the job of 'handling' this problem, that's what I would probably try........
[Edited 2011-03-19 22:13:36]
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