At the 11th hour, 59th minute, the United Nations Security Council ordered a no-fly zone over Libyan airspace and authorized all necessary measures short of invasion to protect that country's citizens.
Three weeks too late countries like Britain, France and even Canada - you know, all the Crusader states - came out swinging, announcing they're committing combat aircraft to enforce the UN resolution.
With the rebels largely driven back to the confines of Benghazi, Gadaffi made the smart play and declared an immediate ceasefire. It's a pretty good win for Muammar. His campaign over the past two weeks contemplated what has now happened. Just as armies are known to ramp up fighting in the runup to a ceasefire, Gaddafi took the opportunity to drive the rebels back as far as possible, allowing him to consolidate his hold on most of the country including its airfields. Resistance behind his new front line can be quietly cleaned up by his security forces.
This must be about the most half-assed initiative ever conjured up by the UN
Security Council. It's ineffective, it's much too late, it may even consolidate Gaddafi's support and his control over the country. Brilliant.