Illinois Senator Kirk: Arm The Libyan Rebels

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says Libyan rebels should be given weapons to help them quickly overthrow Moammar Gadhafi’s regime.

The Illinois Republican says furnishing weapons will help end the Libyan war and limit costs for the United States and its allies.

Kirk told reporters Friday that conflicts should be rough and violent if that’s what it takes to achieve a quick victory.

NATO and some nations say an arms embargo rules out providing weapons to the Libyan rebels. But President Barack Obama’s administration suggests arming them might be an option.

Kirk also says the United States should recognize the rebels as the legitimate representatives of Libya’s people, as France has done.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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