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Thread #136495   Message #3117433
Posted By: Allan Conn
20-Mar-11 - 05:45 AM
Thread Name: BS: Bombing of Tripoli March-April, 2011
Subject: RE: BS: Bombing of Tripoli has just begun
"I believe Germany abstained from voting on the Security Council resolution."

Britain and 'unusually' France have been advocators of action. Germany like Russia, China, Brazil and India did abstain from the vote. No-one voted against it and of course wouldn't a Russian or Chinese no vote be a veto on the action itself? Germany seems disinclined to be involved directly but Chancellor Merkel has hinted at offers of help - one of which possibly would be deploying more troops in Afghanistan to free up some there. The African and Middle-Eastern countries on the council at the moment all voted for the resolution and the Arab League were calling for it. So whatever one thinks about the action itself I think it is a bit unfair if some use it as another opportunity for a round of American bashing