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‘Next few days the most crucial’: Bildt

The Local/rm · 20 Mar 2011, 09:00

Published: 20 Mar 2011 09:00 GMT+01:00

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“My hope is that these operations will have such an initial force that they decisively change the political situation in the country. And in that respect I think that the next few days are the most crucial,” Bildt wrote in his blog on Saturday night.

Bildt thinks that the effects of the military intervention will be visible in a week’s time. By then it will be possible to discern whether the intervention can change into a more political stage or if further military action is needed.

According to Bildt the threat against the civilian population of Benghazi has now decreased considerably. He wrote that Benghazi would never have been an easy match, as the city has historically always been against Qaddafi. The military action by the Western powers has made it even more difficult.

“My guess is that Qaddafi now will attempt to consolidate control over the areas he is more or less already controlling,” Bildt wrote in his blog Saturday evening.

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13:00 March 20, 2011 by truthworthy
Although I would love Gadafi to be removed but I think the West is just saving oil and not civilians, they will kill more civilians than Gadafi did with their aerial bombardment.
13:16 March 20, 2011 by Nemesis
Bilt needs to get one thing into his head.

At best he is an irrelevance.

What he thinks or says is completely irrelevant on the world stage.

None of the words Bilts says, will have any effect on how the negotiations to keep the oil flowing, will develop or conclude.
13:22 March 20, 2011 by Gabin
Vive la France,,, cowards.
14:39 March 20, 2011 by RobinHood
No Swedish foreign minister, of any party, has earned the right to express his/her "satisfaction" with the progress made by brave men and women of other countries, currently in harms way. While other governments have stepped up and done what they believe to be right, Bildt's cheers from the sidelines rather reinforces a perception of Swedish cowardice. "Well done everybody, but if you don't mind, we'll keep out as usual", is just not good enough. Better an undignified and embarrassed silence than undignified and embarrassing squeals of delight from the back row.

Sweden's voice in these matters is irrelevant. It has earned no right to speak. Shut up Mr Bildt, the real powers are at work now ridding the world of a dangerous and unstable despot. Keep quiet until they ask for some blue helmets to guard polling stations in a few months. There's a good boy.
17:46 March 20, 2011 by occassional
As expected the nimby Swedes are not going to raise their head and take a stance. The pusillanimous spineless attitude reigns supreme. Churchill was right to call them a "little nation of cowards".
19:39 March 20, 2011 by demosterone
I knew this would happen, the chicken-heart arabs will withdraw their support for no-fly zone as soon as the first shots are fired.

They are just looking for an excuse to accuse the west of being crusaders and greedy for oil.

All my life, I have never known a people that showed so much deceit, hatred and malice.
21:00 March 20, 2011 by wenddiver
@Eobin Hood-

Shut up Mr Bildt, the real powers are at work now ridding the world of a dangerous and unstable despot.

Really, which one Sarkpzy, Obama or Cameron?
06:26 March 21, 2011 by Zhorka
Western leaders hate when 3rd world dictators kill people in their countries. The western leaders believe that it is their privilege to kill those people.
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