Some memories are very short.

Some memories are very short. In Libya, as in other Arab countries, the opposition to the regime began with street protests. It was the massacres carried out against protesters which invoked the 'responsibility to protect' doctrine of the United Nations. Taking up arms against the regime was a continuation of this protest in the face of the continuing attack by the Libyan armed forces and the threat to kill opponents on a still larger scale. Calling this a 'civil war' is a distortion of the facts which brought about Resolution 1973. 

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