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Swedes shocked by Jens Stoltenberg’s Libya rhetoric. On 19th March 2011, then Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg announced that Norway would take military action in the war against Libya. This appalled central politicians in Sweden. Six Norwegian F-16 aircraft dropped 567 bombs in Libya between 24th March and 1st August. It was Norway’s largest war effort since World War 2. A new book by Swedish author Daniel Suhonen reveals a fresh view on the politics of what occurred behind the scenes when Norway announced the use of military force against dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi.

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Swedes shocked by Jens Stoltenberg’s Libya rhetoric

Published on Thursday, 16th October, 2014 at 21:13 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock.
Last Updated on 16th October 2014 at 21:26.

On 19th March 2011, then Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg announced that Norway would take military action in the war against Libya. This appalled central politicians in Sweden.

F-16 taking off from Souda Bay
Norway sent six F-16s to contribute to Operation Unified Protector in Libya. They released some 570 bombs.F-16 taking off from Souda Bay
Photo: Forsvarets mediesenter/Lars Magne Hovtun


Six Norwegian F-16 aircraft dropped 567 bombs in Libya between 24th March and 1st August. It was Norway’s largest war effort since World War 2.

A new book by Swedish author Daniel Suhonen reveals a fresh view on the politics of what occurred behind the scenes when Norway announced the use of military force against dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi.

Swedish Social Democrat politicians were shocked and provoked by Stoltenberg’s response to the war in Libya. 

According to Suhonen’s book, Stoltenberg, now Secretary General of NATO stated that the bombing during the war was “excellent training for the Norwegian Air Force”.

“Several protested and said it was cynical, and that Stoltenberg was in the hands of his own defence. War is a reality for people on the ground, it is not an exercise,” Klassekampen reports Suhonen as saying.

Moreover, the book highlights that then Social Democrats leader Håkan Juholt felt deceived by the Norwegian Labour Party.

This was after the Swedish government had proposed to find support from the Norwegian government in withdrawing from the Libya war.

Håkan Juholt stated he was opposed to Sweden’s JAS Gripen fighter planes, which were conducting reconnaissance work, helping to enforce the NATO no-fly zone and that this should cease.

He told Swedish Radio that the planes were not needed anymore as Colonel Gadaffi no longer had the possibility to bomb his own population.

In fact, the Swedish Democrats preferred the possibility of their marines making sure that weapons were not shipped in. He also added that he would have liked to see other Swedish military and humanitarian contributions towards Libya.

"We said yes to maintaining a no-fly zone with eight Gripen planes when Qaddafi was bombing his people. But we think that continuing like this, when Qaddafi's air force is out of commission, sets our ambitions all too low and is simply wrong," Juholt told reporters at a press conference in May 2011.

Juholt was told the Norwegian government would continue their involvement in Libya which meant the Swedes extended their operations, the book states.

The Norwegian government announced a few days later that their involvement would decrease, however.

“Håkan Juholt felt cheated by the Norwegian Labour Party,” book author Daniel Suhonen said.

Juholt would resign as Party leader six months later.

Jens Stoltenberg has refuted what he is alleged to have said in the book, and told Dagbladet the aim of the bombing was to protect civilians.

For more of our articles on Libya, why not read articles 40-50 on this page, and articles on this page.




Published on Thursday, 16th October, 2014 at 21:13 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock.
Last updated on 16th October 2014 at 21:26.

This post has the following tags: libya, norway, war, gaddafi, bombs.





  
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