A message broadcast today to Libyan shipping traffic by the crew of a US Air Force EC-130J Hercules aircraft, modified to transmit psychological operations and civil affairs messages to a target population.
(via FMCNL, a Dutch radiocommunications guru who’s monitoring military activity in the Mediterranean.)
"Our natural tendency is to want to help end Qaddafi’s despotic rule and to save the lives of those bravely resisting his onslaught. But it is a difficult challenge to take action that has a reasonable chance of success but that does not arouse popular—and well-founded—suspicions of neoimperial intervention."
"We are coming tonight, and there won’t be any mercy."
Muammar Qaddafi, to residents of Benghazi, in an angry broadcast speech. The UN Security Council hopes for a final vote this evening to impose a no-fly-zone, and other possible measures, on Qaddafi’s regime.