June 19, 2011
Germany’s Defense Minister Thomas de Maziere has criticized NATO’s controversial military operation in Libya and lack of foresight when it comes to intervening in the North African country.
“When you start something you should know how long you can keep it,” Maziere was quoted by as saying in an interview with the Hamburg-based weekly news magazine Der Spiegel on Saturday.
Of course, when you start something, you always have to know how long you can sweat it out, Maziere added.
Germany has refused to participate in NATO’s military operations in the African country but has been under pressure by its key NATO allies, especially the US, France and Britain to join the military mission.
The German minister said it was ‘highly unlikely’ that his country would even take part in a peacekeeping mission in Libya in the wake of the fall of the Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi’s regime.
In a UN Security Council (UNSC) vote in March, Berlin pulled out of any military operation in the Mediterranean following the Western military alliance’s involvement in the Libyan conflict.
The assault on Libya has set off a frenzy of speculations about the real motive behind the war in the oil-rich country, with many analysts saying that under the guise of protecting civilians, as enshrined in the UNSC Resolution 1973, which permitted the use of force against the Libyan regime, Washington and its Western allies are basically after the North African country’s vast oil reserves.
Libya has been the scene of fierce fighting between pro-Gaddafi troops and anti-regime forces since mid-February.
Revolutionary forces want an end to Gaddafi’s decades-long rule.
This article was posted: Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 3:57 am