French president Nicolas Sarkozy has taken a bold step and is to recognise the Libyan opposition's Interim Governing Council based in the eastern city of Benghazi. France is the first country to do so.
While it is right and proper that the West does not send troops into Libya – that could damage the rebel cause, even though it now seems that Ghaddafi and his minions are slowly regaining ground – there is a lot more that can be done.
Sanctions are fine and well but the rebels require far more international support. Recognising the interim council in Behghazi is a first step. Rapid provision of humanitarian aid is of course a given. The way things are going I am sure the rebels would greatly appreciate as many portable anti tank and anti aircraft missile systems as can be spared. And as a matter of urgency too!
Hopefully there will be no more prevarication and a no-fly zone over Libya will be put into place as soon as possible
Thanks to H for drawing my attention to this