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Swedish house backs Libya involvement

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post 21.Mar.2011, 06:30 PM
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The Swedish government can count on the broad support in parliament to send Jas Gripen aircraft to assist the UN-backed Libyan operation, with only the Sweden Democrats expressing a dissenting opinion.

The last Swedish fighter aircraft saw action was almost 50 years ago.

It is reported that NATO may soon approach Sweden with to participate in the international effort against the Libyan regime. The defence alliance however spent the day discussing which nation was best equipped to lead the operation.

"We must wait and see what NATO is up to. This is of significance," foreign minister Carl Bildt said.

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superturbo
post 21.Mar.2011, 08:54 PM
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Oh no, please don't waste any more of my tax-money on this kind of operations. Unfortunately, the politicians are as irresponsible as ever when it comes to managing tax-payer's money :(
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Tanskalainen
post 21.Mar.2011, 11:43 PM
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Danish jets are already flying combat missions against Gadafi. Why is Sweden dragging its feet?
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Nemesis
post 22.Mar.2011, 01:25 AM
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Sweden is dragging its feet for a simple reason.
They want to be seen to be friends of there masters in the US, but also want to keep the vote in Sweden.
Fence sitting as usual.
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blursd
post 22.Mar.2011, 07:32 AM
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Wow ... eight planes ... don't go all in now.
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Prat
post 22.Mar.2011, 08:08 AM
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UN Security Council Resolution 1973 (2011), to protect civilians in Libya, garnered 10 supporting votes. But the UN Security Council is a small clique of 15 nations (of whom 5 enjoy "permanent" or unelected positions). Why should Sweden follow their lead?
Maybe because Sweden's own leadership is feeble...
Sweden might most helpfully work to enforce the arms embargo & to prevent mercenary participation in Libya, as demanded by the above resolution. But they would perhaps then need to police their friends, allies and their own corporate interests.
Full text of UNSC Resolution 1973 (2011):
http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2011/sc10200.doc.htm
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zerotolerancenow
post 22.Mar.2011, 09:31 AM
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johnny1939
post 22.Mar.2011, 10:05 AM
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Sitting on the fence is better than causing death and destruction. Did not ever think that I would agree w/ SD.
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DJECKY
post 29.Mar.2011, 05:49 PM
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yes i agree with you @johnny1939.its better to take part in mass killing,kill all those muslims there, kill everybody even children bome thier houses destroy everything you guys see,then after take thier oil from them and leave the few ppl people standing in poverty,
that is better than sitting on the fence while others kill then you come after for the booty.kill those animals bros,.
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