Following Gaddafi’s last pathetic attempt to buy himself time with his announcement yesterday afternoon of a ceasefire that he did not honor, incredulous NATO participants nonetheless proceeded with preparations to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya in order to prevent an anticipated mass killing in Rebel home cities. Today French President Nicholas Sarkozy announced that French planes were already in Libyan airspace, their pilots acclimating themselves to the tactical situation in that country. Just over 15 minutes ago, this advance force initiated operations against Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi. This first air strike occurred outside of Benghazi, in defense of the headquarters of the Rebels’ provisional government. An al-Jazeera reporter characterized a French fighter jet’s night attack on Libyan Loyalist ground forces as being about as pitched as “a prize fighter taking on an average boxer while the latter was blindfolded.” Less than half an hour later, it is confirmed that the fighter has destroyed the first target engaged under Resolution 1973.