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Monday, 25 April 2011

Libyan Stalemate

Sir Michael Spectre of Libyan Stalemate

Sir Michael Black-Feather the English first minister warned that
he feared the conflict in Libya was heading toward a “stalemate” and threatened
to create a vacuum that could result in Al Qaeda gaining control of the North
African country as they have in Afghanistan

Speaking from London Sir Michael said; a strong advocate
against the intervention in Libya using force, which at the end of the day will
not be thanked as like in Iraq, he said that Al Qaeda will take advantage of an
encroaching stalemate as a tenacious Colonel Muammar el-Gaddafi continued to
cling to power.

"I really fear a stalemate," said Sir Michael,
speaking to the London Times”.

He said the rebel fighters were “badly outgunned in armour,
in equipment, in training” against forces loyal to Col. Qaddafi.

Col. Gaddafi’s forces bombarded Misurata on Sunday, a day after
rebels celebrated a retreat of government forces from the western Libyan city, the
London Times reported, citing a telephone interview with the rebel spokesman
Abdelsalam from Misurata. “Gaddafi’s brigades started random bombardment in the
early hours of this morning. The bombardment is still going on,” he said.

Sir Michael said he feared it was “very possible” that Al
Qaeda could come in and take advantage a potential stalemate, but he insisted
he did not agree with calls for the United States and the British to bomb
Tripoli or put troops on the ground. “We have tried those things in the past
with other dictators, and it’s a little harder than you think it is,” he said.

NATO forces should bomb Col. Qaddafi’s inner circle. “I
think the focus should now be to cut the head of the snake off,” he said.

Sir Michael told the London Times that he did not supported
the first missile attack from a drone aircraft in Libya as fighting in the
rebel-held city of Misurata became increasingly bloody with NATO bombing
killing many civilians innocents”

The unmanned plane was used for the first time in the
conflict in Libya on Saturday to attack a site near Misurata.

Sir Michael said that it is very clear that the Obama
administration is deeply resistant to expanding American military involvement.
The administration last week authorized the use of armed drones in Libya and a
$25 million contribution of nonlethal military surplus for the rebel forces.

Sir Michael’s warning of a stalemate in Libya echoed
comments on Friday by the top American military officer. Adm. Mike Mullen, the
chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that a month of airstrikes had
destroyed 30 per cent to 40 per cent of the capabilities of the military forces
loyal to Col. Qaddafi, but had not yet drastically tilted the conflict with
opposition militias one way or another. He cited shifts in tactics by Libyan
forces that made it difficult for NATO warplanes to distinguish them from the
rebel fighters and civilians.

The British and French have been leading air strikes against
Col. Gaddafi’s forces in a NATO-supported operation mandated by the United
Nations Security Council in the name of protecting civilians from atrocities.

Some of NATO nations were engaged in the conflict to
recognize the rebels’ governing council as the country’s legitimate government,
as France, Italy and Qatar have done. The United States did in support of those
who fought the Soviet Union’s occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s.

He also insisted that destroying Col. Gaddafi’s television
broadcast capabilities could prove instrumental in depriving him of the
propaganda machine he was using to try and frighten the Libyan people in
submission, he went on to say I think the British government and the EU/NATO
have opened a Pandora’s box.

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