The United Kingdom announced that it will be sending even more military advisers to help guide the rebels facing Libyan Dictator Colonel Gaddhafi. The officers, experienced British soldiers all, are being sent to the rebel force stronghold in Benghazi.

The Brits hold that the rebel’s new political organization, the National Transitional Council (NTC), is a legitimate political body and worth supporting. The new release of more advisors is aimed at “protecting civilians” as required under the terms of UNSCR 1973.

This move could be the next move in NATO’s escalation of aid to the rebels fighting Gaddhafi until ground troops are put into the fight.

Foreign Secretary William Hague released a statement on the move:

The United Kingdom is strongly committed to the effective implementation of the provisions of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1973.

With the Libyan people still faced with continuing attacks by Gaddafi’s forces, the need to protect civilians in Libya is our highest priority.

UNSCR 1973 authorises member states to take all necessary measures to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas under threat of attack from Gaddafi.

The UK’s substantial and early military contribution to the enforcement of UNSCR 1973 has helped saved the lives of thousands of civilians threatened by Gaddafi’s murderous regime.

As the scale of the humanitarian crisis has grown, so has the urgency of increasing our efforts to defend civilians against the attack from Gaddafi forces.

This is an awfully slow ramping up of involvement, however. It is no wonder that the rebels feel that NATO is not really serious about helping them to get rid of Gaddhafi. Still, this move does show some movement toward ramping up involvement.

If it is enough, soon enough, though, remains to be seen. And as we’ve seen through this whole incident, Obama is no where to be seen leading this effort, too.

**UPDATE**

More on the newest developments: Russia Says Aid Violates U.N. Mandate.

France and Italy to send officers to aid rebels in Libya.