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SV supports NATO-led Libyan War but how long?. Norway’s Socialist Left Party (SV) has voted clearly in favour of NATO to head the Allied military operation against Muammar Gaddafi. Whilst Norway is a potential terrorist target, a researcher believes the Colonel’s days are numbered. “The dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi's use of military force against his own population with his aggressive rhetoric gave reasons to fear massive abuses against civilians. It is crucial that the (UNSCR 1973) Resolution has a clear mandate to protect civilians, and that it had wide support from key players in the region, including the Arab League,” it says in a statement issued after the weekend’s Party Congress. The vote may cause some raised eyebrows in some political and public circles, as SV is traditionally against NATO.

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SV supports NATO-led Libyan War but how long?

Published on Monday, 28th March, 2011 at 16:12 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 28th March 2011 at 23:19.

Norway’s Socialist Left Party (SV) has voted clearly in favour of NATO to head the Allied military operation against Muammar Gaddafi. Whilst Norway is a potential terrorist target, a researcher believes the Colonel’s days are numbered.

Norwegian F-16 back at Souda Air Base
Norwegian F-16 back at Souda Air Base
Photo: Lars Magne Hovtun/Forsvaret


Yes and no

“The dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi's use of military force against his own population with his aggressive rhetoric gave reasons to fear massive abuses against civilians. It is crucial that the (UNSCR 1973) Resolution has a clear mandate to protect civilians, and that it had wide support from key players in the region, including the Arab League,” it says in a statement issued after the weekend’s Party Congress.

The vote may cause some raised eyebrows in some political and public circles, as SV is traditionally against NATO.

“I have many objections and so do you, probably. However, the dilemma is clear: There would not have been a UN-led world if nobody allowed their fighter aircraft to be used to enforce UN decisions,” said Party Leader Kristin Halvorsen in her opening speech.

Initial efforts by the US, UK and France to secure unanimous support for a NATO-led operation failed. However, NATO formally stated yesterday it would assume command of the entire campaign.

France’s head of defence, says he only expects military action to last several weeks. However, Helge Lurås, advisor at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), tells The Foreigner the next few weeks will be crucial.

“It all depends on what political-military decisions are taken. Gaddafi’s regime could crumble soon, or it could drag on into a multi-year campaign. The rebels will be dependent upon continual air support if Coalition forces wish to keep taking out his ground assets.”

Initially safe, possibly sorry

Norway, with its six F-16 fighter jets based at Souda Bay on Crete, has conducted several sorties since PM Jens Stoltenberg formally announced the country’s commitment to the campaign last Wednesday.

No weapons were deployed during Thursday’s missions, according to Norwegian military officials, although TV2 revealed they were carrying weapons to bomb ground-based targets.

There have been several raids over the weekend. Friday’s initial operation saw hits on tanks in Northern Libya from three laser-guided bombs.

The second mission, ending early on Saturday morning, knocked out a military base operated by Gaddafi’s forces. Four planes released eight bombs. NRK reports military press spokesperson Eystein Kvarving confirmed there were no civilian casualties under either operation.

However, there are fears Norway’s involvement in the campaign will make it a possible target of vengeance terrorism from Libya.

“Gaddafi’s nature is to take revenge. He will go after the enemy just as he goes after his own people. Those who participate in military action are enemies. Gaddafi uses mercenaries. He has enough money and will fight back should he survive. Nobody, either in Libya or the rest of the world, is safe as long as Gaddafi is here,” says Ali Suleiman Aujali, Libya’s now-defected former ambassador to the US.

Foreign Ministers, including Jonas Gahr Støre, are to gather in London tomorrow to discuss the operation in Libya. The US and NATO says removing Gaddafi is not its objective, but Helge Lurås is not convinced.

“That’s what they’ve said. However, you will see there is a lot of doubletalk if you look at what is actually happening on the ground. The Allies are looking to get rid of him, de facto.”



Published on Monday, 28th March, 2011 at 16:12 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 28th March 2011 at 23:19.

This post has the following tags: muammaral-gaddafi, soudabay, kristinhalvorsen, jonasgahrstoere, helgeluraas, nupi, libya, nato.





  
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