Libya: Will David Cameron P.M. Draw a Line in the Sand?

Financial Times, Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A Libyan no-fly zone is only half an answer, by Phillip Stephens

“Mr. Cameron now leads the call for a no-fly zone over Libya ground Colonel Gaddaft’s air force?”  Would his air defences have to be destroyed?  What would happen if this fails?   “If Col. Gaddafi kept the initiative on the ground, would the west shrug its shoulders and say it had done its best?  Or would Mr. Cameron follow the logic by, quite literally, drawing a line in the sand beyond which the regime’s army would face air attack?”

Drawing a line in the sand  is an idiom for a boundary, a line which should not be crossed in a particular situation, but is not permanent.  It may have another derivation, other than sports, but that is the only one I can think of.  Certainly, games at beaches use lines for games, for instance pick-up volleyball, soccer, paddle tennis.

Can anyone think of another?

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