NATO appears to be enforcing the UN-approved measure selectively
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) assumed command and control over the western-led intervention in the Libyan civil war four months ago with three stated military missions: enforce an arms embargo, enforce a no-fly-zone, and protect civilians and civilian populated areas.
As I have noted often on this blog, NATO has selectively enforced the arms embargo by looking the other way when the rebels were caught red handed violating it. Furthermore, after NATO ally France was exposed by Le Figaro for violating the arms embargo by air-dropping rocket launchers, machine guns, and anti-tank grendaes to Libyan rebels, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen responded: "I don't consider the so-called arms drop a problem." Alliance spokesperson Oana Lungescu added, despite all public evidence to the contrary, that "the arms embargo is effective."
Now, there is growing evidence that NATO is also selectively enforcing the no-fly-zone over Libya. The international mandate for NATO's intervention is UN Security Council Resolutions 1970 and 1973, the latter of which establishes "a ban on all flights in the airspace of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya in order to help protect civilians."