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Abstainers, with some editorialising from the Independent:

UN orders air strikes against Gaddafi - World Politics, World - The Independent

The abstainers

Brazil Has a long history of supporting pariah states.

India Like Germany and Brazil, has no veto on Security Council. Its abstention came even as the US championed its promotion to permanent membership.

China Usually abstains when it disapproves of a resolution, sparing its veto for issues of direct strategic interest. Its authoritarian government is concerned about setting precedents for interfering in a sovereign state.

Germany Outspoken critic of the UK-French plans for a no-fly zone, saying it did not want to get sucked into a war.

Russia Has its own internal problems, including in Caucasus. Unwilling to get involved in other countries' affairs.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Mar 18th, 2011 at 05:11:16 AM EST
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