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article imageStephen Harper says Canada at war to protect civilians in Libya

By KJ Mullins     Mar 20, 2011 in Politics
“Do we believe in freedom, or do we just say we believe in freedom?
Stephen Harper asked Canadians that question in a statement at an emergency meeting on Libya yesterday.
The answer, he continued, was given by the UN Security Council earlier this week when a no-fly zone and additional sanctions were passed to protect citizens in Libya from being attacked by the government.
Canadian aircraft and HMCS Charlottetown are part of the coalition assembling in the region. Canada did not take part in the initial strikes. Canada has committed the use of six CF-18 fighter jets to enforce the no-fly zone.
On Saturday Libya proclaimed a ceasefire after scores of missiles rocketed the country from coalition forces. Cruise missiles and U.S. bombers have destroyed much of Libya's anti-aircraft system according to The Globe and Mail. Those targets were selected as a means of self protection for coalition forces so that they can enforce the no-fly zone. City News reports that there were 20 targets hit on Saturday.
On Saturday Harper voiced out loud that the goal is to drive Gadhafi from power in Libya, reports City News.
"He simply will not last very long. I think that is the basis on which we're moving forward. If I am being frank here, that is probably more understood than spoken aloud. But I just said it aloud," Harper said.
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