Watching the No-Fly Zone

by Cheryl L. Daytec

Demanding an immediate ceasefire in Libya, including an end to the current attacks against civilians, which it said might constitute “crimes against humanity”, the Security Council this evening imposed a ban on all flights in the country’s airspace — a no-fly zone — and tightened sanctions on the Qadhafi regime and its supporters.
-UN Security Council, 17 March 2011

Rebels in eastern Libya say their forces have been mistakenly hit in a NATO air raid on a rebel tank position…"What remains clear is that Nato will continue to uphold the UN mandate and strike forces that can potentially cause harm to the civilian population of Libya," said the (NATO) in a statement.
-BBC, 7 April 2011

Only the cries of surrender
from broken dreams
and the shouts of triumph
of pseudo-victors
could traverse the skyway
along with the winged steel
dropping desultory verdicts
on who lives or dies
The borders of an empire
were sealed by interlopers
Armless, weightless,
the indigenes have been tuned out
Too impotent,
Too shriveled
to count for much
In the show of force
a perdurable tyrant
and ruthless invaders
Not even I
who watches from a safe distance
could no more reconcile
your rhetoric for peace
with the carnage you pushed
to nest upon that land
squatting on oil
that bewitches esurience./ chyt16april2011