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Monday, March 21, 2011

Why Germany says NO! to No-Fly Zone?

Joe:  I’m trying to understand why Germany said no and France said yes.

According to this article the reason for Germany’s non-involvement is because the military action is risky & dangerous. The fact is it is risky and dangerous for those actually involved. I’d like to understand Germany’s motive. Is it financial reason? They seem to be supportive of the action, "I have great understanding for the motives of those that voted for the resolution and the military action." And yet they don’t want to be involved, why is this? There may be some moral reason against Germany’s involvement however Libya brought this on, as you stated earlier by bringing in mercenaries from countries outside Libya. This is where Muammar Qaddafi lost his legitimacy the most.

As for France, it is interesting to read about allegations about Sarkozy taking campaign contributions from  Muammar Qaddafi for his political campaign of presidential office. It seems both Foreign Policy & the Guardian have both reported this, see the links below. As some of the articles point out Sarkozy & Qaddafi were buddies for awhile, he even had his Bedouin tent set up in France on his visit. -Bob

18 Mar 11
No German troops will take part in any military intervention in Libya as there are "considerable risks and dangers," Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Friday, after Berlin abstained in a UN vote to impose a no-fly zone.  "We remain eminently sceptical on the option of military intervention... anticipated in this resolution. We see in it considerable risks and dangers. That is why we could not approve this part of the text," a statement said.

"German soldiers will not take part in a military intervention in Libya," he said, but underscored that Berlin's stand on Muammar Qaddafi remained unchanged. “The dictator must immediately stop all violence against his people. He must leave power and suffer the consequences of his crimes," Westerwelle said. Responding to accusations that Germany was isolated within the European Union and the NATO alliance with its actions, Westerwelle said the decision to deploy troops was one the country alone could take.

Germany's international partners respect and understand Berlin's decision to abstain from a United Nations resolution on a no-fly zone over Libya, he said. "I can assure you that we had respect and understanding for our position and our decision even from those that voted in favour" of the resolution to establish the no-fly zone, Westerwelle said.

He added: "I have great understanding for the motives of those that voted for the resolution and the military action."

Links to Sarzoky’s Links to Qaddafi

Foreign Policy
March 17, 2011

Ian Black in Tripoli and Kim Willsher in Paris

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