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The Swedish government has actually been very dishonorably passive. First they said that we certainly needed a NFZ and much more, but that sadly there was no UN mandate. When the strong mandate came around they panicked and claimed that this had nothing to do with the EU but was exclusively a NATO operation and "should we really spend Swedish tax money on this?"(!). They were them blasted along the lines of "why the hell do we then have expensive stuff like EU Battlegroups and the associated quick response Expeditionary Air Wing (8 Gripen with assorted support units)? If they weren't created for a situation like this, why then do we have them? Why have created them while we have completely eliminated any semblance of national defence? Then it was claimed that we lack interoperability with NATO, which was shot down by military experts who noted that the Swedish Airforce is more NATO-adapted than most NATO Airforces. Then you had all the Gulf Arab support and the NATO argument collapsed entirely. So now we have the rather unusual situation that the left demands we send fighter bombers and flatten Kadaffi while the right looks extremely spineless.

I'm quite ashamed actually, and have lost any trust I might have hade in the foreign policy acumen of PM Reinfeldt and FM Bildt. Quite frankly, I'm pissed off.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Sun Mar 20th, 2011 at 08:58:45 AM EST
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