Germany comes to NATO party in Libya
2011 07 04

From: rt.com



Germany has agreed to supply munitions for the NATO air-strikes in Libya. The move comes despite Berlin not originally backing the operation, and some suggest peer pressure has caused the shift in its position.

After just over 100 days of air strikes and with just over 2,000 bombs dropped by NATO allies on Libya, the mission has run into an unexpected problem: a lack of shells to drop.

And where there is demand, there is supply.

In this case, Germany has agreed to provide the much needed ammunition. Previously, Berlin abstained from voting in favor of UN Security Council Resolution 1973 on Libya – a move that surprised some, and angered others. But it may now be backing out of its decision.

“The Germans may not want to participate, but they have decided that their position does not preclude them from supplying weapons in this case, or assistance,” says Edward Hunt from Jane's Defense and Security Intelligence and Analysis.

Some believe Germany is under pressure from other NATO members, particularly the US, France and the UK, to take a more active part in the Libyan campaign.

“At first hand our ministries told the foreign affairs minister ‘Don't go to Libya. It is a very bad conflict. It was started by the CIA, and it is a dirty business. Don't go there!’ So this is why he voted with Russia and China. Now the backlash from Washington is so tough that obviously we are under pressure to do something to make up for this decision,” says government consultant and political analyst Christoph Horstel.

Aside from peer pressure, Germany may be lured by the possible financial benefits of making its weapons available for NATO’s use in Libya.

“Probably, Germany will get paid for delivering these arms to other countries, but this is normal practice between countries, even between NATO countries,” says Lode Vanoost, an international consultant and former deputy speaker of the Belgian Parliament.

Out of the 28 NATO members, only eight are actively participating in the Libyan campaign. With civilian deaths, to which NATO recently admitted, too, a shortage of weapons and the ever-relentless Muammar Gaddafi still at the helm, the coalition may be facing just the beginning of its problems.

“In fact, what we see here is that deliberately the country is being destroyed, which is by far transgressing the decision by the Security Council and that is a very bad story right now,” adds government consultant Christoph Horstel.

Berlin is in a tough spot: on the one hand, it has disappointed NATO by refusing to support the mission in Libya in March. On the other, by agreeing to supply bombs, it may now lose friends in other high places. Whatever the real reasons for its contradictory policy may be, Germany could find that by trying to please everyone, it may end up pleasing no one.

Source: rt.com



Related Articles


Latest News from our Front Page

Starbucks Supports Pro-GMO Company
2014 11 26
Another reason why you should not go to Starbucks. Starbucks has an image of being a socially responsible, environmentally friendly company (Really?). In 2013, 95 percent of their coffee was ethically sourced, and their goal is to reach 100 percent by 2015.1 Other goals include reducing water consumption by 25 percent in their company-operated stores by 20152 and mobilizing their employees and ...
Group Polarization and the Fad of Ethno-masochism
2014 11 26
From "Group polarization: A critical review and meta-analysis". Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 6 50 (6): 1141--1151 The psychology of White self hatred. Political correctness IS a mental disorder. More: Group polarization: A critical review and meta-analysis. Isenberg, Daniel J. the paper Indoctrinate U Harvard Professor Noel Ignatiev talks about how to end the White race The History of Political Correctness The Narrative: The origins of Political ...
Credo: A Nietzschean Testament by Jonathan Bowden
2014 11 26
This lecture by Jonathan Bowden was given at the 11th New Right meeting in London on September 8, 2007. The original title of the presentation was “The Art and Philosophy of Jonathan Bowden.” I think ideas are inborn, and you’re attracted, if you have any, toward certain systems of thinking and sensibility and response. From a very young age, I was ...
A Look Back at the OJ Simpson Verdict -- Reactions
2014 11 26
This is a look back at the different reactions to the OJ Simpson verdict some 20 years ago (exact date of verdict was Oct 3, 1995). The OJ Simpson jury consisted of 9 Blacks, 1 Hispanic, and 2 Whites. It would raise eyebrows after they only deliberated for 4 hours in a case that they were involved in for almost ...
New York Times Publishes Darren Wilson’s Street Address and Photo of House #Ferguson
2014 11 26
Hey here are the two @nytimes scumbags that published Wilson’s home address. —> @juliebosman & @campbellnyt— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) November 25, 2014 Michael Brown’s Stepdad Shouting ‘Burn This Bitch Down’ The New York Times published information about the address of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on Monday in a move that has generated controversy. Tensions are running high in Ferguson, Missouri, as ...
More News »