» 06/13/2011, 00.00
Italy leading more than 30 per cent of military operations in Libya
For Libya expert, historian Angelo Del Boca, the war continues amid widespread disinterest and unwillingness to pursue a diplomatic solution. Since the start of the operation, Italy has spent a billion Euros. NATO and Arab countries are planning the post-Gaddafi phase, but are leaving out the part of the population still loyal to the Tripoli government. The crisis will not be solved just when the strongman is removed.
NATO failing in Libya, media hiding the truth, says Prof Del Boca
For Angelo Del Boca, journalist and Libya expert, the high costs of the No Fly Zone have reduced to nothing any hope to see the blitz against Gaddafi succeed. Instead, the war might last several months because the Libyan leader still has troops, weapons and personal assets worth more than a billion Euros. The president of South Africa is in Libya to try a last moment deal with the Libyan government.
The people of Tripoli fear bombs as Gaddafi says no to dialogue
“Bomb-phobia” is spreading across the capital, Mgr Martinelli says. People living near possible NATO targets are fleeing. Italy backs away from calling for a ceasefire.
The war in Libya, another Vietnam
The military escalation appears to be going beyond the initial UN mandate. Appeals by the Pope and the bishop of Tripoli to give diplomacy rather than weapons a chance have been ignored. The war between Libyan rebels and Italy (in the early part of the 20th century) lasted about 20 years. The military intervention marks the end of the Peace of Westphalia as well as Western democracy.
International arrest warrant for Gaddafi will not change the situation in Libya, Del Boca says
For the historian, the Libyan leader would rather be killed than give up power. Few hopes for a diplomatic solution persist before September.
Stalemate in Libya amid Italian indifference
For Angelo Del Boca, an historian and Libya expert, people are tired of this war and NATO and the rebels have run out of resources. A meeting between government and rebel representatives in Paris is a good sign. After the bombs, a new path is opening.
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