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Swedish military PR group to Libya

TT/The Local/cg · 2 Jul 2011, 10:01

Published: 02 Jul 2011 10:01 GMT+02:00

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The Swedish soldiers assert that they will not be conducting military propaganda.

"We won't lie, that always comes out with an incredible backlash," said lieutenant colonel Per Galvér at a press meet.

The information missions can include educating civilians about risks with unexploded bombs, or informing about war laws.

This trip marks the first time Sweden has sent this type of personnel to military operations, although information to the public is also an important part of the ground work in Afghanistan.

According to Galvér, the placement will result in increased insight and influence in the operation.

"You get influence based on how much you contribute," he said.

Swedish Gripen air craft are already party of the military operation, which has mandate from the United Nations to protect civilians from Muammar Qaddafi's regime.

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A Swedish boarding force numbering roughly 40 people will also be joining the operation, according to a Riksdag decision, but it is still unclear when and how this will occur.

TT/The Local/cg (news@thelocal.se)

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11:15 July 2, 2011 by johnny1939
More wasting of taxpayers money!!! So Gripen is protecting civilians? Nato has not done a thing Monsieur Khaddaffi is still there and not likely to leave. so what next?
12:01 July 2, 2011 by rise
The way I see it the government is a bunch of hipocrits since the Gripens aren't allowed to take out ground targets. Instead, and since the NATO aircrasts are lacking the same abilities to reconnaissance, Gripens are seeking up targets that afterwards maybe Norwegian aircrafts are flying in and taking them out!
12:05 July 2, 2011 by Kevin Harris

Nato's unstated, but obvious, strategy is to drop a very large bomb on top of Colonel Qaddafi, militiary leader of what's left of Libya. His assasination by one of his own will work just as well. The Colonel has survived one or two near misses already, one of his grandchildren was tragically killed a few weeks ago; he got out just in time. He won't be lucky every time.

Most personality based dictatorships collapse when the supreme leader gets his just desserts, and Libya is particulary fractious and fragile. When the Colonel is chopped liver, it's over.

Those familiar with the assasination of WPC Yvonne Fletcher, the Lockerbie bomb and the funding of the IRA know he had it coming.
12:25 July 2, 2011 by reason
How much NATO should or should not do is of course debatable. So far they've denied the Colonel of Many Spellings (why can't international media settle on one way to write his name?) an all out massacre of his opposition. That may be the best it can do under current circumstances with the strong anti-war sentiments in most of its member countries and opposition from dictator friendly states.
15:29 July 2, 2011 by Prat
It's a bad sign that an info mission departure comment is "We won't lie"...

Lt. Col. Galvér will neither tell the clear truth:

That Sweden musn't be left behind when Libya is exploited by the neo-colonial power axis behind this illegal invasion.
04:41 July 3, 2011 by chemist007
French Air Force is dropping weapons for rebel groups in Libya.... Swedish Gripen is goin to save civilians...wt a game by European Union strategy makers. Wt the hell with Americal n her allies if Qaddafi is there for a long time. Its strange.....never oppress someone's freedom.
10:05 July 3, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
"We won't lie, that always comes out with an incredible backlash," said lieutenant colonel Per Galvér at a press meet.

In other words, they are used to lie. What a jerk. They should take with them, as Commander in Chief, the expert of the experts: Roberta Alenius, because if she knows how to try real hard to keep a leader like Vladimir Putin without opening his mouth, she will certainly now how to keep Per Galvér quite. The problem with Galvér is that he opened his mouth without putting the key first to his brains. The whole news is something to laugh about. Some people's children. Oh, I forgot. Alenius failed because Putin made "potatismos" of Sweden's democracy and freedom of speech. So, let us get rid of both. They are not needed in Sweden.
12:18 July 3, 2011 by cogito
y johnny1939

"More wasting of taxpayers money"

Obama's excellent Libyan adventure costs the American taxpayer $10 million a day.

The Libyan war will be the new Afghanistan.

Oh, just a minute. He says it's "not a war." He's calling it a "kinetic military action.'"
07:00 July 5, 2011 by Uncle
Our communist/muslim friends here apparently have a dilemma:

On one hand, Qaddafi is a dictator and kills civilians and the moaning to save them civilians was raised by this group long a go.

On the other hand, it is not pleasant to see another muslim dictator hiding in bunkers.

So the arguments are FOR getting involved, while NOT getting involved. Interesting.

As for Swedish mission to inform civilians about their rights in war and risks of unexploded bombs is admirable. I did not see Emirates and Saudi Arabia, who were PUSHING towards this mission and who are BOMBING Libya caring about such minor stuff... How surprising
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