I heard from a well intentioned friend or two, "Oh can you believe it? Qaddafi is firing on his own people with aircraft! Terrible!"
But do we know if that is true at all? Remember yellow cake uranium, WMDs in Iraq, Kuwaiti Incubator babies, Jessica Lynch etc...These were all later proved to be lies. Will this one be? Not sure, but it probably is smart to be skeptical. The Pentagon gets its deceptive propaganda points out in the media quickly...
The Russians weren't buying it:
“Airstrikes in Libya did not take place” – Russian military
Gates and Navy Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also said they have seen no confirmation of reports that Qaddafi has used aircraft to fire on Libyans.
Does it matter though if they have 'confirmation'? Not really, the image is in millions of unthinking heads...oh that dastardly Qadaffi mowing down his own people with his jets, thus enabling a new unauthorized regime change/invasion operation in Libya.
Of course if you want to see someone firing on civilians from aircraft, have a look at this.